Reduced waiting times for children's mental health service

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), commissioned by Worcestershire County Council and provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, are celebrating the results of some great improvements to the service provided to Worcestershire families.

CAMHS is a specialist community health service for children and young people who have moderate to severe emotional and mental health problems. CAMHS has recently been praised by commissioners for making significant improvements to the service.  In particular, waiting times have reduced since May 2011 when nearly a quarter of new referrals to the service had to wait longer than 18 weeks for a first appointment.  The latest figures show that in February 2012 no cases waited longer than 18 weeks to be seen and the average waiting time continues to reduce.

Angela Kirton, Commissioning Manager for CAMHS said: "The staff in CAMHS have worked extremely hard to make some significant improvements to the service in a short period of time.  They are now putting in place new processes to make sure service improvement remains a priority.  Key to this is hearing from service users and partners about what is working well and what can still be improved on.'" 

Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, are implementing new ways of working for CAMHS teams in order to further improve and modernise the service. 

An assessment of needs and a service review for children and young people with emotional and mental health difficulties was conducted during the summer of 2011, and a number of recommendations for change were made in order to provide more accessible and effective services. The new service models have recently been shared with stakeholders with positive results and they are now being implemented. 

For further information about the work of the CAMHS team, please contact Angela Kirton 01905 765302.