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North East Lincs - Child and adolescent mental health services (NEL CAMHS)

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Our CAMHS service in North East Lincolnshire consist of a multi-disciplinary team who can help with a range of mental health and emotional wellbeing problems.

Based at Freshney Green the multi-disciplinary team can help with a range of mental health and emotional wellbeing problems.

Our team

  • CAMHS workers who may be nurses, occupational therapists and social workers
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Psychology assistants
  • Group Workers
  • Consultant psychiatrists
  • Our administrative team

What we do

We provide specialist services for children and young people up to the age of 18. These services are designed to help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood related disorders such as depression and bipolar
  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Self harm
  • Mental health difficulties associated with a physical health problem

We have some pathways where we accept referrals via a multiagency panel, not from our usual sources of referrals. These are:

  • Children in public care
  • Young people displaying harmful sexual behavior
  • Assessment for autistic spectrum condition and Asperger’s syndrome
  • Assessment and if necessary medication management for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

We also have close links and specific teams or workers who devote time to the following external services:

  • Youth Offending Service
  • North East Substance Team
  • Paediatrics and A&E
  • Pupil Referral Units
  • Early Intervention in Psychosis Team
  • Special Schools

We also have a 24/7 team which offers both quick response to emergency mental health presentations, as well as short term intensive home treatment which is designed to avoid young people being placed in out of area hospitals. Only CAMHS staff can refer for intensive home treatment.

Children and young people with a learning disability who may be experiencing a mental health problem have equal access to the service, and we have a specialist learning disability team for those whose needs cannot be met by the mainstream service.

How we do it

All the interventions we provide for mental health problems are designed to help young people and families cope with the symptoms of a mental health problem and recover to lead their life to its full potential. These interventions are based around evidence from the National Centre for Clinical Excellence. Examples of some of these interventions are:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Family work
  • Play therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

A lot of work is done with young people in group settings. This gives an opportunity for young people to interact with others experiencing similar difficulties, however, we also acknowledge that not all the young people can be seen in a group setting so we also see people individually and with their families.


To access the service, a referral is often made by a health professional working with the child or young person with parental consent, however, we also receive and accept referrals from other professionals working with children and young people. Once we accept a referral, an appointment will be arranged via telephone. If we think the situation is urgent (which relates to a possibility of risk to life and/or presentations such as serious eating disorders), we will offer an appointment within 5 days. For emergencies (which relates to definite risk to life and presentations such as psychosis), an appointment is arranged within 24 hours.