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Mental health conditions

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

(i) Child and Adolescent Mental Health -Hillingdon CAMHS

Who should access the service?

This service is available for children (not for anyone 18 or over) who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural well-being. This may also include families with their child who may have problems with the child’s behaviour. Typically children who are referred and treated by CAMHS clinicians are:

  • Constantly worried (may be linked to OCD in some cases)
  • Constantly feeling sad (depression)
  • Finding it hard to focus
  • Have unusual thoughts (which may be suicidal in nature)
  • Family issues
    NOTE-The list above is not exhaustive.

The children are usually referred from their GP and in some cases schools have been involved in the process.

How the service operates

Children who are referred to CAMHS are usually met in a clinical setting and in some cases at schools or other settings. A child’s first visit is called an ‘assessment’ and questions around the following are asked about:

  • Issues or problems a child is having
  • Their family
  • School and friends
  • Their hobbies
  • Their strengths and weaknesses
  • What they aspire to be in the future
  • What they feel they need help with

However, before this first assessment starts off children and their parent(s) will be asked to fill out some forms to help us properly assess a child.

After the first visit the CAMHS clinician(s) will create a plan for the child to ensure they are well taken care of. This will include incorporating therapeutic exercises into a child’s plan. Treatment may include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Family therapy
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • In some cases Medication is also used when appropriate and carefully monitored by the doctors.

(ii) CAMH - Collingham Child and Family Centre

Who should access the service?

This centre functions as a children’s inpatient service for those children under the age of 13 and their families.

Services available

The team is made of a mixture of professionals such as psychologists, nurses and occupational therapist.  They are trained to deliver quality care to children with a wide range of complex (emotional, behavioural and psychological) mental problems. To help these children the following services are provided-

  • Consultation to families and professionals
  • Day and inpatient interventions
  • Assessment: individual, group and family
  • Treatment: individual group and family.
  • School and community integration.

How the service operates

Children treated at his centre stay there seven days a week and may go home at the weekend. During their stay they attend school and are required to participate in various therapeutic activities. The parents of these children are invited for weekly family therapy sessions and are told about supports groups they can access.

  • The multidisciplinary team aim to help children and families return to their normal routine or life feel as soon as possible. Within a short period of time parenting skills will be improved upon and with it the ability of a family to sustain positive change.

Clinicians try understand patients better and to come to some ideas about what is going on.

If they feel they can offer a helpful perspective, they will initially offer a psychological consultation - this is where you meet with a therapist (usually twice) to discuss the problems you are experiencing.

At the end of the consultation we will discuss options with you and agree a way forward.

Treatment may include:

  • Individual psychotherapy sessions
  • Marital and family psychotherapy sessions
  • Group psychotherapy

Eating Disorders

Children and Young People's Eating Disorder Service

Who should have access to this service?

This service was created to help and support children and young people (17 and under) in CNWL who are experiencing psychological distress due to their eating disorder. Some of the disorders children treated by the multidisciplinary team in this service commonly have include -

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Atypical anorectic and bulimic eating disorder

What does this service offer?

The multidisciplinary team  which comprises of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, a dietician, paediatrician and psychological therapists offer:

  • Thorough assessments, diagnosis and intervention on a variety of eating disorders
  • Home-based treatment for children who have a been diagnosed with an eating disorder
  • A comprehensive support package to young people
  • Out-of-hours access to emergency support via the CAMHS out-of-hours service
  • A more intensive eating disorder service to support children who are at risk of inpatient admission

Children’s and young people’s weight and food -intake are closely monitored to help assess if their treatment is effectively working or not over time.

Last reviewed: 10/11/2017

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