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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Description

Specialist CAMHS are NHS mental health services that focus on the Mental health needs of Children and young people. These services are designed to help with:

  • Mood-related disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Psychosis

Guidance for referral


Functioning at individual or family level

Distress of child or young person

CAMHS response

None

There may be transient difficulties e.g. anxiety that is associated with exams.

No noticeable distress, child generally functioning well in all areas.

No response from CAMHS required

Mild

Occasional difficulties affecting functioning in one setting. E.g. at home or school or with peers

Distress is situational and occurs less than once a week.

No Response from CAMHS required

Moderate

Is impaired in at least one or more settings

Distress occurs on most days of the week. The problem would be apparent to others who encounter the young person.

Referral would be screened at Contact point

Severe

Unable to function in one or more settings.

Distress is extreme and constant

Specialist CAMHS assessment and intervention via Contact point

The multidisciplinary teams consist of:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Support workers
  • Psychological therapists - this may include Creative Therapists and Family Therapists.

We also have close links and specific teams or workers that devote time to external services.

We have a 24/7 CAMHS crisis team which offers a quick response to emergency mental health presentations.

We have a Specialist Eating disorder team that provides a quick response and ongoing treatment to children and Young people who have a suspected Eating disorder.

Children and Young people with a learning disability who may be experiencing a mental health problem should access the Learning disability team.

How we do it

All the interventions provided are evidence based, designed to help young people and families cope with mental health difficulties.

Examples of some of the interventions are:

  • Consultation
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Family work
  • Play Therapy

The service covers all children and young people that are registered with an East Riding GP. The exception to this is those that are registered in Pocklington as York CAMHS are now commissioned for this area.

Parking and accessibility
Outreach services available across the East Riding.
Registered service and regulatory body

The service is registered with the care Quality Commission (CQC). Team members are also registered with:

  • Registered Learning Disability nurses - Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Registered Mental Health nurses - Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Psychologists, Play Therapists and Drama Therapists - Health and Care Professionals Council
  • Doctors - General medical council
Staff training and experience

Staff are trained to use alternative communication methods such as pictures.

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Description

Specialist CAMHS are NHS mental health services that focus on the Mental health needs of Children and young people. These services are designed to help with:

  • Mood-related disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Psychosis

Guidance for referral


Functioning at individual or family level

Distress of child or young person

CAMHS response

None

There may be transient difficulties e.g. anxiety that is associated with exams.

No noticeable distress, child generally functioning well in all areas.

No response from CAMHS required

Mild

Occasional difficulties affecting functioning in one setting. E.g. at home or school or with peers

Distress is situational and occurs less than once a week.

No Response from CAMHS required

Moderate

Is impaired in at least one or more settings

Distress occurs on most days of the week. The problem would be apparent to others who encounter the young person.

Referral would be screened at Contact point

Severe

Unable to function in one or more settings.

Distress is extreme and constant

Specialist CAMHS assessment and intervention via Contact point

The multidisciplinary teams consist of:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Support workers
  • Psychological therapists - this may include Creative Therapists and Family Therapists.

We also have close links and specific teams or workers that devote time to external services.

We have a 24/7 CAMHS crisis team which offers a quick response to emergency mental health presentations.

We have a Specialist Eating disorder team that provides a quick response and ongoing treatment to children and Young people who have a suspected Eating disorder.

Children and Young people with a learning disability who may be experiencing a mental health problem should access the Learning disability team.

How we do it

All the interventions provided are evidence based, designed to help young people and families cope with mental health difficulties.

Examples of some of the interventions are:

  • Consultation
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Family work
  • Play Therapy

The service covers all children and young people that are registered with an East Riding GP. The exception to this is those that are registered in Pocklington as York CAMHS are now commissioned for this area.

Costs

Free

Age
4-18
How to access
  • You can self refer with an online form or email
  • Your GP or health worker can refer you
  • You will need to have an assessment
  • See the description for how to access