Who can refer

Sources of referral

The Croft accepts referrals from:

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) teams (referrals need to be supported by team consultant psychiatrist)
  • Paediatric teams with the support of CAMHS

How to refer

We encourage direct contact from referrers to discuss referrals. 

T 01223 885800
F 01223 885801

The Croft Child and Family Unit is a nationally commissioned specialist service. This means that we are one of a number of services around the country that provide inpatient mental health care and treatment for children. All of these services are commissioned through NHS England rather than through local health commissioners (CCGs). Referrals are made by completing and submitting the national referral form (F1 -Referral for Access Assessment into inpatient services for children and young people). 

The service encourage services thinking of making a referral to contact us directly by phone (01223 885800) to discuss the potential referral. It may also be helpful for referrers to talk to the appropriate specialist commissioning caseworker via the local specialist commissioning team, for advice.

The Croft accepts referrals from:

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) teams (referrals need to have been discussed with and agreed with the team consultant CAMH psychiatrist)
  • Other specialist health paediatric teams as long as the referral has been discussed with, and is supported by the local community CAMH service and there is an allocated CAMH care coordinator who can attend regular care planning meetings during the admission and who will coordinate post admission contact with the community CAMH team if needed.

Urgent referrals

If a child 12 or under urgently needs admission then referrers are encouraged to use the national bed finding website to identify a unit which has a bed available. Referrers can also contact the team directly by phone (01223 885800) to check if we have a place available and whether our service could meet the need of the child.  It may also be helpful for referrers to talk to the appropriate specialist commissioning caseworker via the local specialist commissioning team, for advice.

The F1 form (Access Assessment for Inpatient services for Children & Young People) can be found on this link www.camhsbedavailability.nhs.uk

The page was last updated on 07 September 2017 by andrea.bateman.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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