Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS is a multi-disciplinary community-based service designed to meet the mental health needs of children 0-18 years of age (including those with a learning disability). They work with families with children and young people when there are serious concerns about aspects of their behaviour, emotions, development and disability. CAMHS offers consultation to practitioners through Compass, and also undertakes assessments and interventions or treatments.
Together with the Clinical Commissioning Group, we've recently launched a five-year transformation plan detailing how investment from government will be used to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people. The joint Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin plan has six key programmes of work:
Programme 1 : 0-25 Years Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service
Programme 2 : Redesign of neurodevelopmental assessment pathway
Programme 3 : Development programme for workers in universal services
Programme 4 : Community Eating Disorder Service
Programme 5 : All-age psychiatric liaison
Programme 6 : Perinatal mental health
Programme 3 has particular significance for early help, and especially for workers in universal services. The development programme includes:
- Improving the availability of training and advice on mental health and wellbeing for those working/volunteering with children and young people
- Improving mental health support for schools and GPs
- Increased availability of early help and targeted support to reduce incidence of self harm
- Increased availability of early help and targeted support to reduce incidence of anxiety and other mental health issues experienced within universal services.
This programme will include the further extension and roll out of TAMHS training.