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Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)



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 carers of children who may be suffering mental health problems

The service provides:

  • Under 5s Service. Aims to enable the youngest (0-5) children to get off to the best possible start, by promoting positive parent-child attachments and providing an infant/young child mental health perspective, working closely with Children’s Centres offering consultation and joint working to Children's Centre staff. Support and treatment is offered to parents and children who are experiencing problems beyond the ordinary developmental expectations. Here is the link you can follow with more information:  https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/services/community-services/kensington-and-chelsea-and-westminster-under-5s-service
  • Early Intervention in Schools. Aims to support the emotional wellbeing of children by ensuring their mental health needs are recognised and addressed at the earliest opportunity in the community. Provision includes training and  consultation for parents and teachers in primary schools, assessment and short term treatment for children.  The focus is on early recognition and intervention for children with emerging mental health difficulties.
  • Community CAMHS Assesses and treats children and young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties (including mental illness) and neuro-developmental  problems, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Evidenced-based approaches are used that are consistent with guidance and best practice.
  • Specialist CAMHS. Additional commissioned services for ‘Looked After Children’ (LAC) and support for young people with learning disabilities or neurodevelopment difficulties such as Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Behavioral Family and Support Team (BFST). Input to the Youth Offending Service (YOS) is also available. 

You can access more information from the Kensington & Chelsea CAMHS website: 

https://camhs.cnwl.nhs.uk/find-services/clinics/kensington-chelsea-child-adolescent-service-parkside/

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 Accident &Emergency department of Chelsea and Westminster or St Mary’s hospitals.

CAMHS offers therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychotherapy, Family Therapy; and Psychotherapy, and Medication. We offer a consultation service to other professionals, and specialist mental health input to other partner agencies including the YOS 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
Kensington and Chelsea CAMHS at 1B Beatrice Place
Telephone
 0203 317 3599
E-mail
 cnw-tr.kccamhs.cnwl@nhs.net
Website
CAMHS Central and North West London Home
Related Service
Kooth

Where to go

Name
Kensington and Chelsea CAMHS
Address
1B Beatrice Place
Marloes Road
Kensington
London
Postcode
W8 5LP

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, and, moderate to severe mental health needs, including those who are Looked after Children (LAC), those with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND), and those known to the Youth Offending Service.

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

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.

Some young people need help with their mental health beyond their 18th birthday. Anticipating and preparing for transition to adult services (AMH) begins after the 17th birthday. By 17 years 6 months, any young person likely to need further help will have had information and discussions with their CAMHS worker about future options. A transition plan is made in collaboration with the young person, CAMHS worker and AMH worker. There is a follow up after the transition at 18, to check whether things are going to plan.

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) influenced the development of the current CAMHS, by emphasising: improved access; service-user participation; evidence-based treatments and outcome monitoring.     

KCW CAMHS 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 give 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 for service users and their families between the evidence-based therapies that are available.

Quarterly monitoring reports are sent to commissioners and our service data, (regarding waiting times, appointments attended, and treatment outcomes)  is attended to at Team level and Senior Management level and any quality concerns are addressed at CAMHS Care Quality Meetings. We also have a quarterly internal review of all our CAMHS services with CNWL directors and operations managers.

Last Updated 24/06/2020

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