Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS is a specialist community NHS service for children and
young people who have moderate to severe emotional and mental
health problems (and their families). Services for children
and young people's emotional and mental health are often described
using a tiered (PDF 41 KB) model, to reflect an
increasing level of need.
- Tier 1 refers to universal services provided by, for example,
teachers, youth workers, school nurses.
- Specialist CAMHS in Worcestershire operates at Tiers 2 and Tier
- Tier 4 CAMHS is hospital-based mental health care, usually
provided on an in-patient basis.
An assessment of needs and a service review
for children and young people with emotional and mental health
difficulties, which was conducted during the summer of 2011, made a
number of recommendations for change in order to provide more
accessible and effective services.
Worcestershire County Council joint
commissioners, together with the providers of CAMHS, Worcestershire
Health and Care NHS Trust, and other partners have been working to
develop a new service model which follows these
A stakeholder consultation was carried out
during the spring of 2012 and the findings from this have been
incorporated into the final service model.
The new CAMHS service model is now being
implemented in stages with the first stage being the launch this
summer of a single point of access for referrals to CAMHS.
Timetable for the CAMHS changes:
Learning Disability (LD) Pathway CAMHS
A New Pathway and County-wide CAMHS service for children with
learning disabilities and additional mental health needs will be
implemented by December 2012. Find out
more on New Pathway and County-wide CAMHS
Neuro-Developmental Pathway (ADHD and ASD including TIC
A new county-wide Neuro-Developmental Pathway for children and
young people who need assessment and support for Autism Spectrum
conditions, ADHD and/or related conditions will be fully
operational during spring 2013, building on the current provision.
Find out more on Neuro-Developmental
Single Point Access (SPA)
A Single Point of Access (SPA) to CAMHS through which any
professional can make a referral. This will be implemented
during the summer 2012. Find out more on
Single Point of Access.
Tier 2 CAMHS
A re-modelled Tier 2 CAMHS. This will provide a dedicated
team of Primary Mental Health Workers who will work with
professionals in universal services, offering training, advice and
consultation enabling professionals to manage cases of mild to
moderate emotional and mental health difficulties themselves and
thus providing earlier intervention. The Tier 2 service will
be fully operational during spring 2013, but some elements are in
place now and coverage will increase over time. Find out more on Tier 2 CAMHS.
Tier 3 Plus CAMHS
A new Tier 3 Plus CAMHS service. By working closely with
the SPA this service will provide urgent assessment and care for
children and young people with severe mental health problems.
The service will be implemented during the autumn
2012. Find out more on Tier 3 Plus
If you have any specific questions about CAMHS please email
Fran Tummey, CAMHS Clinical Manager, email@example.com
If you have any
general comments or queries about the information on these webpages
please email Hannah Clarke firstname.lastname@example.org
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