About the service
The Wakefield child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) provides assessment, interventions and support to children, young people and their families who are suffering from significant mental health or behavioural problems.
They may present with a range of issues including:
- Severe anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder)
- Eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia)
- Psychosis (in those aged under 14)
- Bipolar affective disorder
- Severe emotional problems
- Attachment difficulties
- Severe behavioural problems
- Tic disorders
- Autistic spectrum conditions (in those aged over 14)
- Significant family communication problems
The service is split into two main teams that cover the east and west of Wakefield. We also have a dedicated crisis team, the forensic team (for those in touch with the criminal justice system) as well as a single point of access team who deal with referrals to the service.
We have three main areas of work:
- Primary practitioners – provide consultation and training to local services, as well as short-term direct work with less complex cases.
- Community teams – Cases seen by our community teams tend to be more severe of more complex. Community-based clinicians also provide consultation to other specialist services.
- Crisis team – this team is set up to deal with mental health crises and provides more intensive and time-limited intervention for young people, often working alongside our community teams. They are also on-call for our out-of-hours service.
Why would someone choose the service?
We regularly receive excellent feedback from our patient experience surveys. Some recently feedback included:
- 87% of children and young people surveyed said they felt involved in producing their own goals and outcomes in the planning of their care.
- 100% of parents and carers thought our professionals explained things clearly in a language that was easy to understand and that they were listened to throughout their loved ones care.
- 92% of respondents felt they were treated with dignity and respect.
Staff you may meet
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- 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.
- There are many people who work behind the scenes to keep services running and you may meet them in hospital or community settings. They include porters, cleaners, plumbers, electricians, decorators receptionists and secretaries who all work to make sure healthcare settings are kept clean, tidy and safe.
- 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.
- The NHS employs a wide range of clinical staff, it wouldn’t be possible to list them all on this website! All our clinical staff are skilled, dedicated professionals who adhere to high standards of training and work-place practice.
- 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.
- Social workers help, support and protect people who are facing difficulties in their lives. They help people to take positive steps to overcome problems and improve their lives. This could involve assessing and reviewing a service user’s situation, building relationships with service users and their families and agreeing what practical support someone needs.
- We have a range of specialist advisors working in our Trust – they give advice on a wide range of different things, depending on what service they work in. So it could be, for example, mental health, stopping smoking, healthy eating or diabetes.
- 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.
- 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
We have a highly skilled and experienced team of professionals who offer a wide range of evidence-based interventions.
All of our emergency referrals are seen within two hours of referral regardless of what time the referral is made. 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 offer a range of assessments, and if necessary, and agreed by the young person and their family a variety of treatment options. All of the treatment we offer is based on the latest clinical evidence.
Treatments offered include:
- Solution-focused therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Family work and therapy
- Child psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Art psychotherapy
- Group work
- Behavioural management
- Play therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy
Children or young people and their families may be seen by a single clinician or by more than one clinician depending on the presentation.
In more complex cases we work with local partners and provide consultation and advice to other organisations.
We aim to offer a timely and accessible service to children, young people and their families who mental health problems in the Wakefield district. 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.
All of our interventions are based on the latest clinical evidence and will be delivered by highly skilled clinicians in an age-appropriate venue within their local community.
We aim to ensure that all staff working directly with children and young people have sufficient knowledge, training and support to promote the psychological and physical wellbeing of children, young people and their families. This allows us to ensure the best possible outcomes for people accessing our service and identify early indications of psychological difficulties.
Referrals accepted from:
A & E, AHPs, CMHTs, Consultants, Drug/alcohol agencies, GP staff, GPs, Health visitors, Hospital staff, Housing associations, Local authority staff, Midwives, Other NHS services, Other Trust services, Police, Schools, Voluntary services, Youth centres, Youth Offending Team
All referrals to our service go directly to our single point of access team either by post, fax or by telephone.
Urgent referrals are usually made by telephone to the team by calling 01977 735872 .