Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

What our service does

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMH) provides outpatient assessments, support and treatment for children experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems in young people up to the age of 18. The service works to provide patients with a greater knowledge of their condition and improve coping techniques.

The service provides help to children and to the wider family, including children living with foster parents, children who have been adopted and young people living in children's homes. The service may see children and adolescents on their own, with their parents or with their family, and may also see parents on their own.

Community Learning Disability Team:
Provides assessment and intervention for children up to the age of 18 who have a learning disability and associated severe challenging behaviour or mental health problems.

Home Treatment Team:
Provides high intensive community based treatment using a care pathway approach and regular visits to patient's home or preferred location. In a few cases, where home treatment is not an appropriate option, then the team may need to consider an inpatient admission.

Looked After Children's Team:
Offers support to young people who may be accommodated or under Care Orders with the local authorities.


Location of our service

CAMHS provides support to those experiencing moderate / severe mental health difficulties across Bedfordshire. The service is split into 3 clinics based across the county. Both Dunstable and Mid beds serve the Central Borough Population and North beds services the Bedford Borough Population. The clinics bases are :

Dunstable CAMH Team
Beech Close Resource Centre
Beech Close
Dunstable
Beds
LU6 3SD
01582 707635

North Bedford CAMH Team
5-7 Rush Court
Bedford
Beds
MK40 3JT
01234 310670

Mid Bedfordshire CAMH Team
24 Grove Place
Bedford
Beds
MK40 3JJ
01234 310800


Who our service provides for

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMH) provides outpatient assessments, support and treatment for children experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems in young people up to the age of 18. The service works to provide patients with a greater knowledge of their condition and improve coping techniques.

The service provides help to children and to the wider family, including children living with foster parents, children who have been adopted and young people living in children's homes. The service may see children and adolescents on their own, with their parents or with their family, and may also see parents on their own.

Children, adolescents and their families referred to the service may be experiencing different kinds of problems. These may include:

• Eating difficulties
• Emotional feelings such as those of unhappiness, loneliness
• Fears and anxieties
• Parents may have problems managing their children or may feel that their own difficulties are affecting their children
• Relationship problems
• Traumatic experiences

The service is also available to help children, adolescents and their families with mental health issues related to physical or learning disabilities.


How to start using our service

As a tier 3 specialist service all referrals into CAMHS are made via your GP, Social Worker, Practice Nurse, we currently operate an average of 11 week waiting time although this varies.

The service is funded by the CCG and does not accept private cases all referrals are treated in line with the NHS service provision.


How decisions are made about who can use our service

Referrals received are screened on a daily basis and triaged by a qualified staff member. To ensure robust decision making is undertaken within our service all referrals deemed as requiring intervention from the Core teams are discussed thoroughly at our weekly intake meeting with various members of our multidisciplinary team.


How we communicate with our service users

Service users and families develop a management plan in partnership with their clinician which is continually reviewed based on the needs of the child.

We have a wide range of literature available in each of our waiting rooms supplied by Young Minds we also have a service specific information leaflet which is shared.

For those where English is not the first language we employ the resources of a local translator service which can provide written and oral assistance with translation into any language.


Accessibility of our service

The site is ideally located just 2 minutes out of the Bedford Town Centre and is easily accessible by all forms of public transport. There is no parking on site for service users but there are a range of local car parks are close by.

Not all buildings are wheelchair accessible but across the combined site we have facilities to support disabled user access and needs including toilet, changing rooms, disabled parking and a hearing loop facility.


Qualifications and training of our staff

All staff within the service is registered accredited professionals, all which maintain professional registration this is monitored on an annual basis to ensure all staff maintain registration. All staff undertakes mandatory safeguarding training on an annual basis.


General Contact Information

There are a variety of local tier 2 services providing supporting to families and young people experiencing concerns with regard to their mental health such as EWSS CHUMS, Relate or Open Door.

As a tier 3 specialist service all referrals into CAMHS are made via your GP, Social Worker, Practice Nurse, Health Professionals, SENCOs.

In the event of a medical emergency / mental health crisis you should present to your local A&E dept were you will be appropriately signposted to the relevant service if required.


Contact for more information

Name:
Jo Meehan / Matt Sparks
Role:
Clinical Group Managers
Address:
9 Rush Court, Bedford, MK40 3JT
Telephone:
01234 310040
Fax:
01234 310801
Email:
Jo.meehan@elft.nhs.uk
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 09.00 - 17.00hrs

Record Last Reviewed On: 24/05/2017