A bit about us
Sandwell CAMHS is a specialist mental health service commissioned to provide interventions to those children, young people and their families who are experiencing/most vulnerable to mental health problems and present with concerns that are severe and/or complex in nature. We support young people aged between 5-18 years of age with a GP registered in the Sandwell area.
Within the service there are a range of staff, including community psychiatric nurses, family therapists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and a social worker. There are two community psychiatric nurses who work with Looked After Children and nursing and psychology staff who work with individuals with an intellectual (learning) disability. Having this range of staff from a variety of backgrounds and experience means we are more able to care for someone’s individual needs.
How do we help?
When an appropriate referral is received we will offer the young person a choice appointment. Choice is an opt-in screening assessment which provides the young person and family/carers to explore their mental health needs with a CAMHS clinician. At the end of this appointment it may be that a specialist mental health service is not appropriate and we can therefore discuss alternative options and support the referral process to such services where possible.
If it is felt CAMHS would be helpful we will discuss appropriate interventions and support with the young person and their family. In most cases young people are offered a period of core partnership work, which usually involves attending CAMHS for approximately six sessions of individual work with an appropriate clinician. Our work aims to promote the positive mental health of children and young people in Sandwell.
A variety of therapies are available which may include talking-based therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and creative therapy. Medication may also be appropriate and would be reviewed by one of the doctors in the team. Interventions will be offered based on presenting issues and where appropriate in line with guidelines set by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). For example, family therapy is offered to Looked After Children (LAC) and individuals with an eating disorder.
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A bit about us
Sandwell Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Crisis Intervention and Home Treatment Team (CIHTT) aims to provide a timely and effective service for children, young people and their families/carers who present in a mental health crisis.
The team seek to empower children, young people and their families/carers by listening and supporting and sharing the responsibility for managing their difficulties and keeping them informed and involved in all aspects of their care & treatment. CIHTT provides specialist, individualised input for those children and young people whose needs cannot be met by core CAMHS outpatient services. Interventions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the child/young person and their family/carers. In order to provide safe, effective and integrated care, the team utilises a multi agency approach, ensuring that information and responsibility are appropriately and effectively shared throughout the professional network with GP’s, schools, education establishments and local authority for example.
We offer a specialist CIHTT service 8am – 8pm 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The team can be accessed via the CAMHS Single Point of Access on 0121 612 6620 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday or via the team mobile on 07816075218 5pm – 8pm and at weekends.
At times we will all be with clients and therefore you will be asked to leave a message. Please ensure you leave the correct telephone contact when leaving a message.
How do we help?
The team responds to the immediate mental health needs of children and young people offering both advice and support or initial and risk assessments for those presenting in mental health crisis. When required, short term help and support either at home or in the community is offered until the crisis has passed.
Who can call us?
Anyone who is concerned about a young person experiencing a mental health crisis can contact the service.
What we can and can’t do
- Complete urgent mental health and risk assessments
- Offer advice and support about how to cope and feel contained
- Help the young person and parents/carers make plans to keep a young person safe
- Develop plans to offer intensive home support for mental health problems
- Provide medication
- Physically restrain a child/young person
- Provide accommodation