‘What I really like about CAMHS is how involved the young people are in the service. I think this is invaluable. Our young people are at the heart of what we do.’
Our CAMHS Team have an array of services, tailored to the needs of Children and Young People requiring our support.
Read below to find out more about what we do!
Mental Health in Schools Team (MHST)
We are proud of our MHST teams which are part of the Wave 2 and Wave 4 Trailblazer sites. Our MHST provide early intervention for children and young people primarily in their school setting. The service is based on low intensity and high intensity CBT Model and as such delivers a service to children and young people whose early mental health needs can be best met with this approach. The team is well embedded in the overall Solent CAMH Services and works in close partnership with our SpCAMHS team in the development of cross service care pathways and in the development of the Whole School Approach.
Our SpCAMHS team is our largest Solent CAMH Service in Southampton. The team hosts medical student teaching and proudly boasts about this award winning team. Clinical Leadership is highly valued and evidenced by our Multi Disciplinary Leadership Team including our Lead Clinician for the CAMH Services, Nurse Consultant and Consultant Psychologist alongside the newly created Senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist position. We have clear pathways in the service, including an MDT assessment clinic and a range of evidence- based interventions. We are proud of our DBT programme we have established for children and young people with significant risk relating to mental health difficulties and emotional dysregulation. As a system, we have developed clear transition pathways and governance around these. We have also formed close partnerships with third sector partners within the team and on the patient pathway – from triage to interventions. The results of our last CQC inspection in 2019 was overall “good” with outstanding for “caring”.
Building Resilience and Strength (BRS)
This service is a crisis service, tripartite funded from health, education and children’s services, and supports the most vulnerable children in crisis in all three areas across the city, SpCAMHS, In reach Liaison and BRS work very closely together on the most complex and high risk cases in order to provide more intensive support. The BRS is also the Southampton base from which FCAMHS (Forensic CAMHS) input is provided on behalf of the Hants & IoW FCAMHS Team.
In reach CAMHS Liaison
This is our newest service working within the Emergency Department at University Hospital Southampton. The service covers extended hours and weekends to provide that important point of contact for children and young people as they enter UHS. We have developed a strong and positive working relationship with the University Hospital Southampton and Children’s Social Care to the benefit of children and young people accessing UHS. We have pathways in place around delayed discharges for young people to enable packages of care in the community to be set up or enable in-reach to the hospital whilst waiting for a tier four bed.
New Care Models (NCM)
We have close working relationships with the new care models provider collaborative in the region with innovative developments and investment into crisis pathways coming through that service.
Our multi agency service providing services to children and young people with learning disabilities and additional complex needs. This includes the mental health needs of children and young people with learning disabilities with joint funded posts across SpCAMHS and Jigsaw ensuring that young people have access to cross service care pathways and the range of interventions and support to best meet their needs.
Autism Assessment Service
Solent NHS Trust provide an assessment only pathway for autism. Within the City additional support and intervention for cyp with is provided by other agencies based on need. The service receives input from a wide range of disciplines across the Child and family Service line including paediatricians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Speech and language Therapists and Nurses.
‘I absolutely love coming to work to see how I can best help the children and young people in my care and have worked for the last 22 years in the same CAMHs team, I still have the same strong drive to be the very best I can be, and I hope that I can still be in the team in another 10years...!’
‘I joined CAMHS West team in February 2019. I received an excellent induction and through the years I have accessed numerous trainings to enhance my skills base. The support that I get is invaluable. Perhaps for the first time in my career in health and social care I feel I am more than just a number and that my presence here matters. Despite the job being sometimes difficult, upsetting or challenging, I can truly say that I never have that “Sunday night feeling” anymore. I think that says it all.’
‘Our CAMHS senior leadership team all have direct clinical or safeguarding expertise. On the days when you are having to make those difficult decisions you know that their supervision, advice and support comes from an understanding of what your role is and a direct experience of being in that same position previously.’
‘As a team we have fun together and are building a real culture of celebrating our strengths whilst reflecting and working on our points of growth. This positive work environment has been essential to us being able to keep doing what we do with all the added complexity of Covid.’