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Trust launches service aimed at supporting children with learning disabilities

17 Jul 2014

Children and young people in Hounslow aged between five and 17 with mild to profound learning disability and significant mental health needs can now benefit from faster and easier access to specialist service.

The Hounslow Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service – Learning Disabilities – offers assessment, intervention and advice for patients and their carers.   Clinicians assess the young person to understand their need and determine what type of intervention is needed, such as behavioural plans, psychological therapy, medication or referral to another specialist.

Liz Fellow-Smith is a consultant who will be leading the CAMHS LD service.  She said: “It is the first time we have had a service like this in Hounslow.  Up until now, local children had to go out of the borough both for assessment and for treatment which for many families was quite challenging.  This service will give local children and their families much needed, easier access to specialist mental health services locally.  This is important as children and young people with learning disabilities often experience complex problems where joint working with other local services and schools is helpful.”

John Dunning, interim children’s commissioner at Hounslow Borough Council, said: “It’s great we now have this service available for our local young people and families. Children, young people and their families can now have access to experts who have a greater understanding of learning disability and mental health issues without travelling far to receive such access.”

The launch of the service comes months before the Children and Families Act takes effect which will give greater protection to vulnerable children.  John added: “The Act sets out new requirements for education, health and social care all working much closer together and there will be a much greater emphasis on placing the child and family at the centre of their care.”

Dr Vijay Parkash, head of the CAMHS service, said: “This is an exciting development for the trust which is a leading provider of mental health services in the area.  This development is a testament to the quality of public systems working together in partnership to get the best outcomes for our communities.” 

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West London Mental Health NHS Trust also provides CAMHS learning disabilities services in Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham.  They employ clinical psychologists, nurses, psychiatrists and therapists and offer a full range of children’s mental health services.

Contact details: Simon Morgan, Head of External Communications, 020 8354 8325 or email simon.morgan@wlmht.nhs.uk

About West London Mental Health NHS Trust:                               

West London Mental Health NHS Trust is one of the largest mental health trusts in the country. It provides a full range of mental health services for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow in addition to specialist and forensic mental health services, including high secure services at Broadmoor Hospital.

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