02 July 2019
Members of our CAMHS team have this week showcased a big project they’ve recently completed with Central North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) and Priory Roehampton, at the 18th International Congress of European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) in Vienna.
The project circles around improving inpatient care for adolescents in north west London. Here, we joined forces with other NHS organisations, the independent sector and commissioning groups, to manage the budgets of inpatient adolescent beds and change the way of managing and monitoring admissions.
The primary aim of this two year project was to reduce the length of stay for children and young people admitted to inpatient units, as well as building better capacity and capability for CAMHS clinicians to manage young people in a mental health crisis, within their community.
The results have been transformative, with the length of stay reduced by 14 percent in the first year, and a further 16 percent in the second year. In addition, closer working relationships with inpatient units were recognised, and the Central Bed Manager responsible for north west London has been able to better prioritise care and facilitate repatriation.
The work done here was praised by fellow clinicians and health professionals, and it was certainly an honour for it to be recognised by ESCAP who chose the project to be showcased at their Congress. Huge well done to our very own Dr Elizabeth Fellow-Smith and Dr Alun Lewis for their invaluable contribution to this project.