Service Model Specialist CAMHS Objectives
The team will aim to improve links
between tier 1 and specialist tier 3 services and give guidance on
referrals to CAMHS. It will formalise supportive partnerships and
networks with tier 1 professionals through integration with
specialist CAMHS and ensuring positive provision according to
levels of mental health need.
The team will provide consultation
between agencies working with children; this will include
telephone, face to face advice and ongoing support for tier 1
practitioners who are at a more advanced level; including joint
assessments. There will be increased opportunity to consolidate
existing skills of tier 1 practitioners and help them to develop
new skills and build confidence in dealing with children’s mental
Regular multi-agency training
programmes will be offered to include development of training
packages to increase this understanding and recognition of mental
health problems and the appropriate utilisation of services.
Interventions with children will include joint assessment or to
support the tier 1 practitioner with work they are already carrying
The PMHW will carry out time
limited direct work with children and families where mental health
needs have not been responsive to interventions currently carried
out by practitioners but the level of need is not appropriate for
input by specialist CAMHS.
- Operationally the team will cover the county but with dedicated
workers in each locality ·
- Short-term interventions for a maximum of 3 -4
- Referrals will come through ‘single point of entry’ (SPA) and
the CHOICE system
- Workers will contribute to the CHOICE rota
- The team will deliver education, intervention, advice and
support to tiers 1 and 2
Staff skill mix:
- The staffing of the proposed team should be balanced to ensure
the availability of an appropriate representation of skills to meet
the objectives of the team; this includes leadership, clinical
skills, organisational and administrative support.
- The team structure will therefore be multi-disciplinary with
varied experience and operate as a county wide team but with
- Children who present in Crisis or whose mental health needs are
- Children and young people whose needs are more complex, who
will be redirected via SPA to tier 3.
We recently held a stakeholder event and online consultations to
gain feedback on the Tier 2 Service Model
Specialist CAMHS (Business Proposal for Primary Mental Health Team)
(PDF 125 KB).
Watch this space for further updates!
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