Child Mental Health crisis has been at the top of the news headlines in recent years – we’ve all seen it. There have been a number of reports, surveys and articles on the topic of CAMHS, to highlight a few recent ones:
- Just a few weeks ago, an article from The Guardian divulged that a large number of children are forced to travel hundreds of miles for NHS mental health treatment.
- Adding to this, in this article, HSJ revealed that hundreds of young people assessed as needing specialist mental health treatment have been made to wait over a year for specialist help.
- A recent BBC report suggested that more than a fifth of 14-year-old girls in the UK have admitted that they had self-harmed.
- Results of a survey, conducted by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, revealed that two thirds of patients believe that mental health services for children in emergency departments are not up to scratch.
A number of strategies are being developed to help ease the crisis, and the government has said it will announce more on how it can improve mental health as part of its long-term plan for the NHS later this year. But what can be done in the meantime, and what is being done right now? Read our recent blog on why CAMHS keeps hitting the headlines and what the NHS is doing to improve services.
Webinar: How to improve CAMHS
We hosted a free webinar on Monday 29 October between 1-2pm on how to improve CAMHS.
During this webinar Mental Health experts shared their ideas about managing the CAMHS crisis within the NHS.
Expert Speakers at the webinar:
- Dr Duncan Law; Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and Director of MindMonkey Associates.
- Dr Louise Theodosiou; Royal College of Psychiatrists, Consultant Psychiatrist at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.
- Jackie Shaw; CAMHS and Eating Disorders Service Director at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL).
Jenny Welling-Palmer, Mental Health lead at Consultant Connect will be chairing this webinar. Jenny has held a number of strategic and operational roles in large teaching hospitals including; Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
How can Mental Health Advice & Guidance help?
Our Mental Health Phone Advice & Guidance service helps manage mental health in primary care, reducing referrals to secondary care.
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