Child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS)

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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:

  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • 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.


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