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CAMHS - Children Adolescent Mental Health Service

The Barnsley child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) provides a comprehensive and quality service to children and young people in the Barnsley area. We provide services to children and young people up to their 18th birthday who are experiencing a wide range of behavioural, psychological and emotional problems, difficult relationships, trauma or abuse.

Our service is part of the children and young people improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) programme that works in partnership with children and young people to help improve and monitor services.

Barnsley CAMHS is made up of four teams:

  • Child and adolescent unit
  • Young people’s outreach team
  • Community early intervention team
  • Learning disabilities and development disorders team

We work in a variety of settings including health centres, clinics, schools or in peoples homes.

Our specialist team includes psychiatrists, specialist nurses, psychologists, specialist social workers and therapists. We help children, young people and their families, on both an individual and group basis. We also offer our mental health expertise across children’s services in the area, providing consultation, training and advice to carers, families and other professionals.

We offer a range of support and interventions to children, young people, families and carers who use the Barnsley CAMHS service. Examples of support that we offer include:

  • Brief solution focussed therapy (a goal directed therapy that focuses on solutions instead of problems)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) (a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think or behave)
  • Evidence based parenting interventions
  • Eye movement desensitisation reprogramming (a treatment used to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapies
  • Play therapy
  • Psychiatric assessment and diagnosis
  • Psychologist assessment and interventions

Referrals accepted from

A & E, Drug/alcohol agencies, GPs, Health visitors, Hospital staff, Local authority staff, Other NHS services, Other Trust services

Referral criteria

We operate a single point of entry to Barnsley children and adolescent mental health services. A referral form for our service needs to be completed and can be sent via secure email to barnsleycamhs.referrals@nhs.net, posted or faxed to:

Barnsley CAMHS,
Child and Adolescent Unit,
New Street Health Centre,
Upper New Street,
Barnsley,
S70 1LP

Fax: 01226 433194

Our duty clinicians assess the level of urgency of all referrals and are able to respond to emergency referrals.

We accept referrals in cases where young people have not responded to interventions from preventative, health and support services and are still presenting significant mental health difficulties. The level of difficulty the child or young person experiences will be significantly interfering with their ability to cope. Factors such as level of parental or carer concern, level of distress in the young person, how long the problem has been going on, known risks or resilience factors will all be taken into account.

Individuals may show signs and symptoms suggestive of the following:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (from the age of six)
  • Moderate to severe depression
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders (from the age of five)
  • Phobia and severe anxiety (including post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Conduct disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Deliberate self-harm
  • Tic disorders (including Tourettes syndrome)
  • Eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia)

Children and young people under the age of 16 who take an overdose or seriously self-harm will be admitted to an appropriate ward at Barnsley Hospital. A mental health assessment will be undertaken by a member of our staff within the next working day of admission.

If young people aged between 16 and 18 who are in urgent need present at accident and emergency the CAMHS emergency out of hours service can be called on for immediate advice and assessment.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
The Child & Adolescent Unit
Telephone
Website
www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/

Where to go

Name
Barnsley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Address
New Street Health Centre
Upper New Street
Barnsley
Postcode
S70 1LP

Local Offer

Description

We accept referrals in cases where young people have not responded to interventions from preventative, health and support services and are still presenting significant mental health difficulties. The level of difficulty the child or young person experiences will be significantly interfering with their ability to cope. Factors such as level of parental or carer concern, level of distress in the young person, how long the problem has been going on, known risks or resilience factors will all be taken into account.

Individuals may show signs and symptoms suggestive of the following:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (from the age of six)
  • Moderate to severe depression
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders (from the age of five)
  • Phobia and severe anxiety (including post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Conduct disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Deliberate self-harm
  • Tic disorders (including Tourettes syndrome)
  • Eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia)
Last updated on 22/05/2018
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