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Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Last Updated 28/08/2019


The CAMHS Team is our local NHS support service for children and young people. The service consists of a friendly and dedicated team of professionals from a range of professional backgrounds including doctors, psychologists, nurses and other experts who can assist with understanding and supporting young people who are feeling depressed, anxious or who may have conditions such as Autism or ADHD

CAMHS is for children and young people aged 0-18 who live in Westminster or Kensington and Chelsea. All of the staff in CAMHS have been specifically trained to work with children and young people with mental health problems. They can also provide support and information for parents and carer’s of children who may be suffering mental health problems

The service provides:

  • Early Intervention Team Aims to support the emotional wellbeing of children and young people by ensuring their mental health needs are recognized and addressed at the earliest opportunity in the community. Provision includes training, consultation, assessment and short term treatment with a focus on early recognition and intervention for children and young people with emerging mental health difficulties. The EIT can offer support at local children’s centers and family hubs
  • Community CAMHS Assess and treat children and young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties (including mental illness) and ADHD using evidenced-based treatments that are consistent with guidance and best practice.
  • Specialist CAMHS. Additional commissioned services for ‘Looked After Children’ (LAC) and support to young people with learning disabilities or neurodevelopment difficulties such as Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Behavioral Family and Support Team (BFST). Services for Youth Offending are also available. 

We aim to offer an initial assessment for most children within 4 weeks with an additional wait of up to a further 4 weeks for treatment to commence. These times will be shorter if the young person is in crisis or has an urgent condition. Emergency CAMHS services can be accessed 24/7 by visiting the A&E department of Chelsea and Westminster or St Mary’s hospitals.

CAMHS offers talking therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Family Therapy, Psychotherapy and Medication. We offer a consultation service to other professionals, and specialist mental health input to other partner agencies including YOT and BFST.

How do you access this service?

Any professional working with children, young people and families can refer a child to the services. This is usually a GP, a member of schools staff or a social worker. If they are unsure whether they should make a referral or a concerned about a child or young person they can contact the service Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm and speak to the duty CAMHS professional who can provide information and guidance. The duty CAMHS professional can arrange an urgent appointment where necessary.



Who to contact

Contact Name
CAMHS Woodfield Road
Telephone
 020 3204 5500
E-mail
 westminstercamhs.cnwl@nhs.net
Website
CAMHS Central and North West London Home
Related Service
Kooth

Where to go

Name
CAMHS
Address
Centre Building 7a
Woodfield Road
London
Postcode
W9 2NW

Other Details

Local Offer

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Who is this service available to?

The service is available to children and young people aged 0 to their 18th Birthday and their families/carers who are registered with GPs within Central London and West London CCG areas (Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster).

Services are offered to support children, young people with mild to moderate (Tier 2), moderate to severe (Tier 3) mental health needs, Looked after children (LAC) and children with learning disabilities in the Behaviour Family Support Team (BFST), and youth offending.

We aim to offer an initial assessment to for all new referrals within 4 weeks. There may be a an addition wait of up to 4 weeks for treatment to commence if this treatment is necessary.

CAMHS offers talking therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Family Therapy, Psychotherapy and Medication. We offer a consultation service to other professionals, and specialist mental health input to other partner agencies including YOT and BFST.

How do you access this service?

CAMHS services are categorised as targeted and specialist services, which means they are available to children who have specific additional needs and who have been individually referred to the service.

Any professional working with children, young people and families can refer a child to the services. This is usually a GP, a member of schools staff or a social worker. If they are unsure whether they should make a referral or a concerned about a child or young person they can contact the service Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm and speak to the duty CAMHS professional who can provide information and guidance. The duty CAMHS professional can arrange an urgent appointment where necessary.

Emergency CAMHS services can be accessed 24/7 by visiting the A&E department of Chelsea and Westminster or St Mary’s hospitals.

How do we ensure the quality of this service?

The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (CYP IAPT) works with existing CAMHS including the voluntary sector and local authorities to transform delivery at Tiers 2 and 3 across the country.

KCW CAMHS is involved in the CYP IAPT programme and is committed to listening to the views of children, young people, parents and carers and, crucially, acting on them to make improvements in their services and share good practice.

CAMHS use ‘session by session’ and ‘Routine Outcome Monitoring’ (ROM) which means we ask children and young people using services, and where appropriate their parents or carers, to feed back about sessions they take part in and their symptoms. This helps guide the therapy in the right direction, making it as effective as it can be. It is important for there to be choice about what therapies are available to children, young people and their families. CAMHS offers a range of interventions from ‘talking therapies’ to medication.

Quarterly monitoring reports are sent to commissioners and our service data is discussed at service team meetings and our Senior Management Meetings and any quality concerns are addressed at CAMHS Quality Meetings. We also have a quarterly internal review of all our CAMHS services with CNWL directors and operations managers.

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