Child and adolescent mental health services
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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provide services across Lincolnshire as well as some specialist services in North East Lincolnshire. Based in community locations the service is designed to meet a wide range of mental health needs in children and young people. These include mild to moderate emotional well-being and mental health problems, as well as moderate, acute and severe, complex and/or enduring mental health problems or disorders that are causing significant impairments in their lives.
The specialist CAMHS is part of multi-agency pathway that begins in universal services (such as teachers, health visitors, school nurses, educational psychologists etc.) and provides a route through to very specialised CAMHS provision including inpatient services where appropriate.
Who is it for?
CAMHS provides support and treatment to children and young people up to their 18th birthday (or those aged 24 under the care of the Local Authority) when resident in Lincolnshire or registered with Lincolnshire GP where:
- There are concerns about their mental health and/or psychologial wellbeing and support from professionals in universal services has not helped to make sufficient improvement to their problems or their problems are so significant that the referrer feels they need immediate assessment and treatment.
How to refer
Children and young people can be referred to the service by a professional using our Single Point of Access 0303 123 4000. Referrals from professionals other than GPs, paediatricians and social workers must be discussed first with CAMHS staff by contacting the Professional Advice Line (PAL).
The CAMHS service is provided by:
- child psychiatrists
- clinical psychologists
- learning disability nurses
- eating disorder nurses
- clinical practitioners
- CBT therapists
- adminstrative staff
The staff work closely with community paediatricians, GPs and hospital staff on paediatric wards.
The service includes:
- Integrated service known as 'core CAMHS' delivering the majority of the treatments
- Eating disorder service
- Crisis and Home Treatment Team
- Specialist learning disabilities practitioners
- Community forensic psychology service
- Therapy service for harmful sexual behaviours
- Paediatric psychology diabetes service
- Support to vulnerable groups
The types of help that can be provided will usually involve group work and may also include:
- family therapy
- individual therapy
- cognitive behavioural therapy
- psychiatric intervention
- psychotherapeutic intervention
- and where necessary medication