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CAMHS

Our Tier 4 CAMHS hospitals deliver specialist tertiary assessment and treatment to young people with severe or complex mental health conditions who need intensive inpatient treatment.

We are committed to providing caring, supportive, recovery-focused treatment and we achieve this by working together with our young people, their families and other professionals. With over 25 years’ practical experience and knowledge dealing with young people with mental health conditions, we understand complex mental health care in a way few others do.  Having such long-established CAMHS services, we have seen many of our former patients come back to visit in completely different roles: as young professionals, as a parent or simply as a young person getting on with their lives.

The young people referred to our CAMHS services are either detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) or are there on a voluntary basis.

Each hospital has its own Ofsted registered school on site so our young people can continue with their studies while receiving treatment, provided they are well enough to attend.

We provide three types of accommodation across our Tier 4 hospitals:  Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU), General Adolescent Units (GAU) and Eating Disorders Units.  Each unit has its own dedicated Multi-Disciplinary Team.   Our experienced team includes Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and a wide range of therapists, for example, family therapists and dietitians, as well as social workers and teachers.

Services provided

Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) are small specialist wards that provide immediate inpatient assessment and treatment to  young people  who are going through a sudden and serious mental health crisis and who may be in danger of harming themselves or others.  They need to be cared for at short notice in a secure setting.  Often, following a short stay in a PICU ward, young people are discharged to a general adolescent unit (GAU) for ongoing treatment once the immediate crisis is over. Some young people are able to go straight home if they have made a full recovery.

General Adolescent Unit (GAU)

General Adolescent Units (GAU) are for young people who are either ready to step-down from a PICU setting or who have complex, severe or enduring mental health issues. These young people need support from a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) and time to work through their problems in an inpatient setting.

Eating Disorder Unit (EDU)

Young people with eating disorders, such as Anorexia Nervosa, are generally treated and cared for in a separate eating disorder unit.  An EDU provides a safe, therapeutic, supportive and structured environment for young people who are struggling to recover from their eating disorder in the community.  These young people need support to recover and maintain a healthy weight and support to change their thinking, feelings and behaviour.   Most young people are admitted directly from home, from a CAMHS or paediatric ward or are sometimes referred by a community CAMHS team.

Conditions we manage

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychosis
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Undiagnosed Emerging Personality Disorder (UEPD)

Outcomes

For our CAMHS services, we use a range of evidence-based outcome measures to check that our therapeutic model delivers good outcomes for our patients and to chart the progress our young people make.  We routinely use the Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) and the Health of the Nation Outcomes Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA).  The latter is a rating developed specifically for use in child and adolescent mental health services.

Call our referrals team on 0330 660 5555