Referral pathway

Reasons for referral

  1. Assessment of children with complex presentations - eg, co-morbid physical disorders, complex psychosocial situations, etc - where outpatient assessment has proved inconclusive or additional information is required.

  2. Children requiring specialised treatments under close observation - eg, medication or behavioural modification.

  3. Children requiring assessment or treatment away from the home environment - eg, psychosomatic disorders.

  4. Children with severe mental health problems associated with significant risk or where their illness is signficantly affecting their development - eg, children with eating disorders who are physically compromised, or children with depression leading to social withdrawal and lack of access to education.

  5. Children who need intensive mental health support for rehabilitation

  6. Assessment of parenting capacity for parents with mental illness.

In addition we have developed special expertise in the assessment of pervasive developmental disorders (Autism and Asperger Syndrome) and we receive referrals from around the eastern region for assessment of children where this is a possible diagnosis.

Referral process

To refer a child to the Croft you need to:
1. Send a letter or email detailing name of child, address, NHS no., age, gender and reason for referring detailing what treatment has been undertaken by CAMHS practitioners and other professionals involved, and what is hoped of an in-patient assessment and treatment at the Croft.
2. Include in the letter a detailed background history of family, education and other issues affecting the child's mmental health.
3. Details that funding (PPNF) have been applied for or agreed. If funding has not been applied you need to complete a PPNF form.

We are always happy to discuss potential referrals on a case by case basis (see how to refer).

The page was last updated on 28 February 2014 by richard.

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