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Child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) (Kirklees)
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About the service
Part of Thriving Kirklees partnership.
We offer assessment and interventions to children and young people who present with persistent and significant difficulties with the following:
- Depression where severe or not responded to earlier intervention
- Self-harm and suicide attempt
- Severe anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder)
- Eating disorders with significant risk or impairment (such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia)
- Psychosis (in those aged under 14)
- Somatoform disorders
- Neuro developmental disorder assessments.
- Prolonged adjustment difficulties eg abnormal grief reactions.
- Persistent post-traumatic disorder (PTSD)
- Learning disability
- Autistic spectrum conditions (at appropriate times)
Our aim is to improve the mental health of individuals accessing our service and we work closely with other Trust and community services to ensure the needs of the individual are best met. We work alongside other organisations, including children’s social care, children’s health and wellbeing services, schools, school nurses and other community-based organisations.
Why would someone choose the service?
The emotional wellbeing of children, young people and families accessing our service is the first priority of our team.
Our team work hard to build positive relationships with children during such a challenging period in their life. The coping strategies and self-management techniques our team use ensure that children can live life to their full potential.
Staff you may meet
- Dietitians use the science of food to help people to make good choices about food and lifestyle. Nutrition is an important part of recovery and wellbeing. All service users admitted to a Trust ward have their nutritional state assessed.
- There are more than 60 different specialities that doctors work within the NHS. Each is unique but there are many characteristics which are common. Roles range from working in a hospital to being based in the community as a GP.
- Nurses who choose to specialise in the mental health branch of nursing work with GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others, to help care for patients. Increasingly, care is given in the community, with mental health nurses visiting patients and their families at home, in residential centres, in prisons or in specialist clinics or units.
- Receptionists are the first link for many patients and visitors. They often work on their own or with one or two other receptionists, greeting patients as they arrive and check them in. They might also collect patient notes and ensure that these vital records go to the right healthcare professional. In a clinic, they may make appointments and arrange patient transport.
- We have a range of health workers who all have different specialities. This could be in a certain condition, a therapy or the advice they can give you. Our specialists our highly skilled and trained professionals, ready to offer you help and advice whenever you need it.
- Telephonists (also known as switchboard operators) are employed throughout the health service. They may work on a busy switchboard in a hospital or the Trust headquarters. Like receptionists, they are an important first point of contact for patients and their families and are a vital link between a caller and the person who can help.
- Therapy is a broad term and can range from occupational therapists to behavioural therapists. Our therapists are trained in their specialist area and type of therapy to make sure we can offer the very best care.
Why a professional should choose the service
Our team is made up of highly skilled and experienced professionals who offer a wide range of evidence-based interventions.
We aim to ensure all of our emergency referrals are responded to by CAMHS staff within four hours of referral regardless of what time the referral is made. We aim to see all urgent referrals within five working days. For all non-urgent referrals to our service, we ensure that individuals are offered an appointment within four weeks of their referral being made, meeting our CQUIN indicator 6.1.
We work closely with local partners and professionals to meet the individual needs of every child and family that we see.
Our primary intervention team ensures that we can offer interventions at the earliest opportunity.
We are also able to offer emergency response and intensive home-based treatments to those in urgent need through our crisis team. This enables us to reduce or prevent the need for inpatient care.
We have specialist pathways for:
- Neuro-developmental disorders
- Mental health in schools team – ‘trailblazers’
- Learning disability
- Eating disorders
- Looked after children
Our specialist team offer a range of assessments, and if agreed by the young person and their family, a variety of treatment options that include:
- Solution-focused therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Family work and therapy
- Child psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Art psychotherapy
- Group work – dialectical behavioural therapies (DBT)
- Behavioural management
- Play therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
We aim to offer a timely and accessible service to children, young people and their families who have mental health problems in the Kirklees area. Our team ensure that individuals have access to the appropriate assessments, have support and treatment as quickly as possible and are managed in the community wherever possible.
Our team put the needs of children, young people and their families first, with the main focus of our work being to help improve their emotional wellbeing and ability to cope.
By offering a definitive diagnosis of an individual’s condition we hope to give them the confidence and necessary self-management skills to prevent their condition from relapsing in the future.
Referrals accepted from:
A & E, CMHTs, Consultants, GPs, Health visitors, Local authority staff, Other NHS services, Other Trust services, Police, Schools, Youth Offending Team
Referrals will be accepted via Thriving Kirklees or call 0300 304 5555
Kirklees specialist CAMHS accept mental health referrals up to the age of 18 years. All referrals are made to the service and not to named clinicians.
Referrals will be accepted where the child or young person is exhibiting one or more of the following:
- Deliberate self harm
- Major affective disorders such as depression or bi-polar disorder
- Severe eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia)
- Chronic emotional problems, such as anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Learning disabilities
- Pervasive development disorders (eg ADD) with co-morbidity
- Long-standing and complex reaction to bereavement, loss or family breakdown
- Severe behavioural problems in the family environment where intervention from primary care or children’s health and wellbeing services has been unsuccessful in effecting change
- Psychosomatic disorders
- Emotional or psychological difficulties resulting from chronic medical conditions
Referrals will not be accepted for:
- Problems which are primarily school-based
- Substance misuse unless referred by local drug and alcohol services to request collaborative working or where there is an existing dual diagnosis of severe mental illness and substance misuse
- Psychotic presentation in young people aged 14-18 (Insight Team remit)
Referrals will generally only be accepted where a child is registered with a Kirklees district GP or remains the responsibility of Kirklees district under responsible commissioning guidance.
The service will also provide an urgent mental health response to children and young people visiting within the geographical boundary.
Referrals into the specialist CAMH service for children and young people in Kirklees are taken from the following providers:
0300 304 55555