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Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – Thames Valley Summary Report

TVSCN is pleased to announce the publishing of its summary report into Children & Adolescent Mental Health services in the Thames Valley

Improving CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) was identified as a key priority for the Thames Valley Children and Maternity Network in 2013. As a first step, this report aims to understand the current mental health service provision for Children and Young People (CYP) across Thames Valley. CAMHS has a high place on the national agenda with an abundance of data on the burden of mental health in CYP, the importance of early preventative work and the long term consequences if it is not managed promptly and effectively. Increasingly there is data on the economic case for investment.

The commissioning of CAMHS is complex with local authorities, CCGs and specialist commissioners all commissioning levels (tiers) of CAHMS provision. Children may move up and down tiers and encounter a bewildering and disjointed service.

Anne Thomson, Clinical Lead - "good practice, innovative projects and enthusiasm"

Anne Thomson, Clinical Lead – “good practice, innovative projects and enthusiasm”

Anne Thomson, the Clinical Lead for Children & Maternity said; “We were impressed with the many areas of good practice, the large number of interesting and innovative projects and services combined with the enthusiasm for improving services to children and young people.

We found differences across Thames Valley, inequities of provision and areas where improvement could result in real benefits for children. We have made a number of recommendations which we hope will lead to a better CAMHS service for children and young people”

Click here to access the Thames Valley SCN Children and Maternity CAMHs Summary report