Who we are
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. We provide support and treatment for children, young people and their families who are experiencing mental health difficulties. We support children and young people aged 0-18 (24 if they have been in the care system) who are experiencing psychological distress and need support with their mental health.
The CAMHS team includes Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Assistant Practitioners, Psychologists, Consultant Psychiatrists and Administrators. We also have Peer Support Workers in each team; these are workers who have had experience of mental health difficulties and accessed CAMHS themselves.
When is CAMHS appropriate?
If a child has already received support from another professional or service (teacher, support worker, counsellor, Healthy Minds) regarding their emotional and mental health and things haven’t improved, CAMHS may be able to help. CAMHS can also assist when there are immediate concerns regarding a risk to a child or young person and they need immediate support from a mental health professional.
CAMHS can usually help after a young person/family have accessed support from Universal Services. To help you understand whether CAMHS are the right service, please take some time to look at the Lincolnshire Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Pathway. This pathway includes information about ALL local services that can help support young people and families with emotional wellbeing, mental health or behavioural concerns.
CAMHS Core Team
Core CAMHS is a team of trained Mental Health Practitioners and Assistant Practitioners from various clinical backgrounds including Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists and Psychiatrists.
This is the team you would usually see on your first visit to CAMHS.This team works with children, young people, parents & carers to assess the mental health of children and adolescents who have been identified as potentially having moderate to severe mental health needs.
CAMHS Crisis & Home Treatment Team
The CAMHS Crisis and Home Treatment teams are based in Lincoln and Boston and cover the whole county.
The staff members in the teams are social workers and nurses by background and aim to support young people in a mental health crisis. This includes supporting young people experiencing thoughts of suicide and engaging in significant self harming behaviours. By working with young people and their families and carers, we aim to avoid hospital admission wherever possible by providing intensive support in the home environment. We know from extensive research this provides better outcomes for young people.
Our working hours are 8.45am – 7pm every day. We run an out of hours triage service 7pm – 8.45am to respond to A&E, the police or ambulance services. This is to provide support and advice around mental health presentations to these services. We aim to see all young people appropriate for the service within 72 hours.
We are able to offer intensive, evidence based, short term support (i.e. up to eight weeks) to manage risk and prevent deterioration via group work, 1:1 therapy (CBT, DBT, EMDR and Animal Assisted).
Young people can access our service via GPs and social workers directly or can make a CAMHS self-referral 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
If a young person does not meet the criteria for our team, we will signpost to a more appropriate service (within LPFT or otherwise).
CAMHS Eating Disorder Team
This team works with children and young people presenting with an eating disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia.
For more information, you can Download CAMHS Eating Disorder Service leaflet here>>
CAMHS Learning Disability Service
This team works with children and young people who are diagnosed with moderate to severe learning disabilities.
What CAMHS help with
CAMHS offers a wide range of evidence based treatments for a variety of conditions and presentations. These pathways are informed by NICE guidelines, ensuring we are providing the safest, most effective treatment possible. Treatment Pathways include
- General Anxiety
- Specific Anxiety (such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Attachment Disorder
- Harmful sexualised behaviour
- Forensic Psychology Assessments
You can download CAMHS service leaflet here>>
Need to speak to a professional or make a referral?
If you are unsure as whether CAMHS could help a young person who are supporting, ring our CAMHS professional advice line to speak to CAMHS clinician on 01522 309120
GP, paediatricians and social workers (Children’s Services) can refer direct to the service in writing or using a CAMHS referral form via the Single Point of Access (SPA). Download our referral guidance here>>
This should be addressed to
LPFT Single Point of Access
0303 123 4000
All other referrers should first speak to the CAMHS Professional Advice Line (PAL) on 01522 309120, available 9:00am-4:45pm, Monday to Friday. Once a referral has been confirmed as suitable it should be submitted using a CAMHS referral form and sent to the SPA address.
"When we needed extra support, we received it straight away…. all the professionals involved have been very caring, helpful, easy to talk to and extremely supportive."