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Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

Child And Adolescent Mental Health Service - (CAMHS)

Type of service:
Health Services
St Mary’s Hospital, Sudborough House, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 7PW
Telephone number:
01536 452 400
Email address:
Service description:
Child, adolescent and family services help children and young people aged 0 to 18 years and their families. We become involved when a child or young person is experiencing continuing emotional or behavioural problems.

GPs, teachers, social workers and other professionals refer patients to us.

We will always involve the family where appropriate. Some of the problems we help with include:

Acute psychiatric illness, Anxiety/depressive disorders, Attachment disorder, Attention deficit disorder, Autistic spectrum disorders, Chronic fatigue syndrome/ somatisation
eating disorders, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder,Self-harm/attempted suicide, Severe phobias, Substance misuse, Unresolved bereavement.

How we work
First we assess a family's needs and decide, with them, on an appropriate therapy and the best way to deliver it. We may work with individuals, or with some or all of the family together.

Most treatments are short term and might involve:Cognitive-behaviour therapy, Family therapy, Group work, Individual Therapy, Psychiatric illness management and treatment, Solution-focused therapy.

We work with clients in a range of community settings, including schools where we often run groups to promote children's self-esteem.

Northamptonshire Healthcare's child and adolescent mental health service plays an important role in the county's Children and Young People's Partnership, which brings together a wide range of agencies and organisations to help ensure that all children in Northamptonshire are healthy, safe and able to enjoy and achieve throughout their lives.

As part of NHFT’s internal transformation of Children’s Specialist Services the innovative re-design of CAMHS ensures children and young people get the right support, at the right level of intervention, the first time

The Initial Assessment Team and the Skills Based Intervention Team have a number of functions that, as required, are shared across both teams. Children and Young People, whose referral is screened and would benefit from the CAMHS service, will receive an initial assessment to determine what support and intervention would best meet their needs. This is followed up by attendance at a skills based intervention group and parent workshop.
A number of children and young people, who receive this early support and learn coping strategies and skills are, after a review, discharged from CAMHS. Those requiring further support, access the Specialist Intervention Team.

The Specialist Intervention Team (SIT) provides a range of therapeutic interventions for children and young people with complex mental health disorders that need a specialist approach. This team works in a systemic way ensuring the treatment plan considers the child in the context of their family unit, and any subsequent care planning and interventions include the full involvement of the child/ young person and their family/carer. Interventions and length of treatment will be determined by setting goal based outcomes through a structured, treatment package approach, agreed through therapeutic contracting
between the clinician/practitioner, the child/young person and their family/carer.

The Children’s Response Team (CRT) is an amalgamation of the Crisis and Home Treatment Team, the Duty Team, Admission Avoidance delivery (currently a DBT model) and the Self-Harm pathway. The team are co-located within the Referral Management Centre at Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough and operate a countywide service between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, with the Crisis and Home Treatment Team element operating until 10pm, 7 days per week.
Age range:
5 months - 18 years
Opening hours:
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Additional information:
Examples of need may include [but not exclusively]: • Anxieties/Phobias • Anxiety Disorders and Adjustment disorders • Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder [ADHD] • Autistic Spectrum Disorder [ASD] • Conduct Disorders • Depression [moderate to severe] • Dual diagnosis • Early onset schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and affective psychosis • Eating Disorders • High risk mental states suggestive of early psychosis/severe mental illness • Hyperactivity • Learning disability/epilepsy-neurological/challenging behaviour • Medically unexplained physical symptoms [seizures] • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD] • OCD/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]/anxiety disorders [psycho pharmacology opinion] • Other mental illness where physical, social and family variables operate to impede progress • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] • Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental disorders in children and young people with Learning Disabilities • Psychosis/Schizophrenia • Psychotic
Eligibility criteria:
  • Completion Of Assessment
  • Mental Health Problems
Referral route:
  • Referral By Professional
  • Via Referral Management Centre (RMC)
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