Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - Strategy Developments July 2008 to March 2009
- Meeting of The Former Children and Young People's Services Scrutiny Panel, Friday, 3rd April, 2009 9.30 a.m. (Item 117.)
Further to Minute No. 78 of the meeting of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel held on 8th February, 2008, consideration was given to a report presented by Ian Atkinson, Kevin Stevens and Tom Whyman (NHS Rotherham) containing a summary of the developments and investments made across Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provision during the last twelve months, in line with the 2008 – 2011 CAMHS Strategy. The report included details of:-
i) the ten key priorities for development within the CAMHS strategy;
ii) the substantial joint NHS Rotherham (£325,000) and Borough Council (£103,000) investment (£428 000 in total) into local CAMHS provision across all tiers of service, in an attempt to meet some key priority areas highlighted within the CAMHS strategy;
iii) the role of the CAMHS partnership group and the emphasis upon joint working;
iv) further developments to meet the requirements of the CAMHS strategy, proposed for 2009/2010, which are subject to approval of the necessary funding;
v) one of the proposed further developments is the identification and provision of a CAMHS specific building to allow for the co-location of all CAMHS commissioned services;
vi) there is to be investment within the Tier 3 Specialist Support service to extend the service to see all young people up to the age of 18, enhance transition and reduce waiting times for access from receiving referral from the Single Point of Access team.
The Scrutiny Panel’s discussion of this item included the following salient issues:-
- ensuring service provision for young people up to the age of 18 and through the transition to adulthood;
- mental health service provision by organisations such as Rotherham MIND (a visit to one of these organisations was suggested);
- staff training;
- waiting times for children and young people referred to CAMHS services;
- service budgets and the differences between the separate tiers of service provision;
- the importance of joint working and the possibility of the co-location of CAMHS services;
- some children and young people are ‘repeat users’ and have to access CAMHS services at several stages in their lives;
- CAMHS service provision for the black and minority ethnic communities (and the role of community development workers);
- the absence of specific ‘out-of-hours’ CAMHS services, although ‘out-of-hours’ referrals to CAMHS services were usually received from General Practitioners and/or the hospitals’ accident and emergency departments;
- the importance of counselling and of crisis services provided by organisations such as R-DASH.
Resolved:- (1) That the report be received and its contents noted.
(2) That this Scrutiny Panel acknowledges the developments being undertaken locally within Rotherham CAMHS and welcomes the continued work programme for future development.
(3) That a further progress report be submitted to a future meeting of this Scrutiny Panel, with specific reference to (a) the provision of ‘out-of-hours’ CAMHS services; (b) service provision affecting transition to adulthood; and (c) service provision for the black and minority ethnic communities.
(4) That arrangements be made for Members of this Scrutiny Panel to make a visit of inspection to local mental health services for children and young people.