As part of our transformation programme, the Trust has introduced an out of hours liaison service for our child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
The aims of the service are to:
- Provide rapid assessment and onward referral of young people who present in A&E outside of normal working hours or being referred through the trust 136 suites
- Offer support to adult services where young people are admitted
- Provide consultation and training to paediatric wards in the acute hospitals covered
- Provide advice and guidance to other practitioners working with young people such as GPs, police and social care emergency duty teams.
The Trust has been working with our eight NW London Clinical Commissioning Groups, and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust to develop a joint children’s and young people mental health and wellbeing transformation plan. The ambition of this plan is to promote emotional wellbeing and ensure that children, young people and their families who experience mental health issues, have timely access to high quality interventions and support, including our enhanced eating disorder service.
A new crisis pathway is evolving, which aims to enable children and young people who require inpatient care to access care closer to home. The new crisis pathway works in conjunction with this initiative by facilitating early discharge and preventing unnecessary admissions.
The out of hours service is now an integrated component of the pathway. Next steps involve shaping our long term vision to develop an outreach model of intensive community treatment.