Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Due to the increased demand for our CAMHS services, which has risen rapidly since the COVID-19 pandemic, patients may experience longer than usual waiting times.

We are doing all we can to reach patients on our waiting lists as quickly as possible, while maintaining a good standard of care.

We recognise having to wait longer is frustrating but please bear with us while we manage this busy period. Patients and parents should be assured that we are prioritising our waiting lists, to support those who need our most urgently.

We’d like to remind everyone of all ages that if you need urgent mental health support, you can call our Mental Health Central Access Point at any time on 0808 800 3302.

We also have a wealth of self-health information for young people, children and parents on our Health for Kids and Health for Teens websites. Those who go to a school participating in our Mental Health Support Teams in Schools programme may also be able to get help from their school’s practitioner. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

What Does Our Service Do?

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) helps children and young people who have been referred by another healthcare professional. Referrals are made if it is thought a young person has significant mental health difficulties with a  moderate to severe impact on functioning, which requires specialist mental health support.

We provide a range of services including initial assessments, therapy, group work, emergency assessments and inpatient care.

How Does Our Service Work?

CAMHS sees young people from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The service also links with other children’s services to offer a multi-agency approach.

The team is made up of doctors, nurses and therapists who specialise in child mental health. The support we provide varies according to need, from a one-off appointment to a programme of on-going care which lasts until the child or young person feels better or is better able to manage their difficulties and is felt to be safe.

About our services

Most appointments are delivered in clinical bases.

Our CAMHS Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team provides rapid assessment and treatment at home for children and young people in mental health crisis, as well as support for their families, providing no physical medical intervention is required. Once a referral is received, the team aims to make telephone contact with a family within two hours and to assess the child or young person within 24 hours. The service is operational from 8am until 10pm. Outside of these times, support is provided by the adult crisis team.

Our Primary Mental Health Team works between primary care – for example GPs and public health (school) nurses – and specialist CAMHS outpatient teams. The team treats young people having difficulties with their mental health or emotional wellbeing, and who may be at risk of developing a mental health disorder.

The Young People’s team work with Looked After Children (LAC), children who are adopted, young people who are involved with youth offending services and also homeless children and young people. They work in partnership with the corresponding social care systems and provide advice, consultation, liaison and training to other professionals involved in the care of these groups of children. In addition specialist mental health assessment and intervention is provided to those children presenting with mental health difficulties.

The CAMHS Learning Disability Team provides services for children with a moderate to profound learning disability as defined in ICD 10 presenting with mental health and or associated behavioural problems.

The CAMHS Eating Disorders Team, based at Mawson House in Leicester, offers specialist outpatient assessment and treatment to young people and their parents affected by eating disorders, and manages around 100 new referrals each year. Treatment usually lasts between 12 and 18 months, though early intervention is crucial to recovery.

The CAMHS Paediatric Psychology Team, based at Artemis House in Leicester, works with children and young people who have physical health problems and are experiencing mental health challenges related to those problems.

Due to the increased demand for our CAMHS services, which has risen rapidly since the COVID-19 pandemic, patients may experience longer than usual waiting times.

We are doing all we can to reach patients on our waiting lists as quickly as possible, while maintaining a good standard of care.

We recognise having to wait longer is frustrating but please bear with us while we manage this busy period. Patients and parents should be assured that we are prioritising our waiting lists, to support those who need our most urgently.

We’d like to remind everyone of all ages that if you need urgent mental health support, you can call our Mental Health Central Access Point at any time on 0808 800 3302.

We also have a wealth of self-health information for young people, children and parents on our Health for Kids and Health for Teens websites. Those who go to a school participating in our Mental Health Support Teams in Schools programme may also be able to get help from their school’s practitioner. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

What Does Our Service Do?

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) helps children and young people who have been referred by another healthcare professional. Referrals are made if it is thought a young person has significant mental health difficulties with a moderate to severe impact on functioning, which requires specialist mental health support We provide a range of services including initial assessments, therapy, group work, emergency assessments and in-patient care.

How Does Our Service Work?

CAMHS sees young people from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The service also links with other children’s services to offer a multi-agency approach. The team is made up of doctors, nurses and therapists who specialise in child mental health. The support we provide varies according to need, from a one-off appointment to a programme of on-going care which lasts until the child or young person feels better or is better able to manage their difficulties and is felt to be safe.

About our services

Most appointments are delivered in clinical bases.

Our CAMHS Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team provides rapid assessment and treatment at home for children and young people in mental health crisis and support for their families, providing no physical medical intervention is required. Once a referral is received, the team aims to make telephone contact with a family within two hours and to assess the child or young person within 24 hours. The service is operational from 8am until 10pm. Outside of these times, support is provided by the adult crisis team.

Our Primary Mental Health Team works between primary care – for example GPs and public health (school) nurses – and specialist CAMHS outpatient teams. The team treats young people having difficulties with their mental health or emotional wellbeing, and who may be at risk of developing a mental health disorder.

The Young People’s team work with Looked After Children (LAC), children who are adopted, young people who are involved with youth offending services and also homeless children and young people. They work in partnership with the corresponding social care systems and provide advice, consultation, liaison and training to other professionals involved in the care of these groups of children. In addition specialist mental health assessment and intervention is provided to those children presenting with mental health difficulties.

The CAMHS Learning Disability Team provide services for children with a moderate to profound learning disability as defined in ICD 10 presenting with mental health and or associated behavioural problems.

The CAMHS Eating Disorders Team, based at Mawson House in Leicester, offers specialist outpatient assessment and treatment to young people and their parents affected by eating disorders, and manages around 100 new referrals each year. Treatment usually lasts between 12 and 18 months, though early intervention is crucial to recovery.

The CAMHS Paediatric Psychology Team, based at Artemis House in Leicester, works with children and young people who have physical health problems and are experiencing mental health challenges related to those problems.

Referral criteria

Who Can Refer

At present, referrals are accepted from GPs, hospital and community doctors, social workers and education psychologists. Other professionals in health services may refer only in conjunction with the GP.

Advice

Referrers are invited to telephone the CAMHS Professional Advisory Service to discuss possible referrals. Telephone: 0116 295 5048, Monday – Friday, 12.00pm – 2.00pm (currently we are operating a reduced service).

General Considerations

  • Have you met with the parent(s)/carer(s) and the referred child/young person? All young people should be seen and assessed by the referrer.
  • Has the referral to our service been discussed with the parent(s)/carer(s) and the referred child/children? Parents/ carers and young people should be informed about the service and have given explicit consent to the referral.
  • The information we request on the form is required to ensure that we meet adequately and fairly identify the needs of the referred person.
  • Please include ethnicity and indicate if there are any communication problems e.g. linked to deafness or where English is not the first language, so that arrangements can be made for interpreters.

 

Information Required

We would be grateful if you could consider the following points and questions when making a referral to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

  • Your own assessment of the problem / issues and level of risk.
  • What are the specific difficulties that you want our service to address and any changes from previous presentation.
  • Any identified precipitants or triggers.
  • Developmental history, if applicable.
  • How is this impacting on
  • Family life, interactions at home.
  • School, interactions with teachers / peers
  • Leisure / social activities
  • Any significant family history, including physical or mental health issues.
  • Any illicit substance use or alcohol abuse.
  • Other services who have been or are currently involved.

CAMHS referral form

Criteria exclusion

• Difficulties are associated with a normal reaction to recent life events, e.g. separation, divorce, bereavement, post abuse unless PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or associated with a mental health problem. • Mental health difficulties in the mild-moderate range- these referrals will be directed to early intervention services • Behavioural difficulties not associated with a moderate – severe mental health difficulty • CAMHS will not mediate residence and contact arrangements • The impact of a child / young person’s difficulties presentations do not pose significant difficulty/distress in terms of everyday home life, friendships, classroom learning and leisure activities • Anxiety presentation in relation to school only (Please contact school Link Educational Psychologist) • Any child protection / safeguarding issues need to be immediately raised by the referrer with the Local Authority (LA) ensuring the Safeguarding policy & procedures are adhered to by the referrer. The referrer must raise any such concerns directly with the LA, independently of any referral to CAMHS.

How to access this service

How can you access our services?

  • Speak to your GP or paediatrician
  • Speak to your public health (school) nurse
  • Speak to your social worker if you have one
  • For URGENT mental health support, contact our central access point (CAP) on 0116 295 3060 (24/7)

What conditions do you cover

  • Depression (moderate to Severe)
  • Anxiety, Phobia, Panic (moderate to severe) Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating Disorders (Eating Disorder Team)
  • Psychosis
  • Self-Harm associated with any of the above presentations but self harm as an entity should be seen first by school nurses in accordance with the shared self –harm pathway.
  • Diagnostic assessment and management of ADHD and associated comorbidities in children and young people aged 11years and above
  • Diagnostic assessment and management of Autism and associated comorbidities
  • School refusal or severe behavioural difficulties or significant attachment difficulties ONLY where there are significant co-morbid mental health difficulties as listed above

Contact info

0116 295 2900

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