The Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Mental Heath (CAMHS) Learning Disability Team works with children and young people up to the age of 18 who have a learning disability and their families.

How this service can help you

A learning disability is not an illness. It is a lifelong condition, which affects about 1.5 million people in the UK. A learning disability affects intellectual functioning and sometimes physical development. This means that children and young people with a learning disability might find it more difficult to learn new skills, or they might learn at a slower pace and sometimes find it difficult to carry out tasks such as reading and writing

Most children and adolescents are troubled at some time in their lives, this is no different if you have a learning disability. It is important to remember that, like all children, children and young people with a learning disability will have different skills and abilities. With the right help, focusing on their strengths and addressing their needs, children and young people with learning disabilities will have the opportunity to develop new skills.

We talk with children, young people and their families in order to understand the nature of their problems. Understanding the problem helps us to decide how we may be able to help them. Most of the treatments we offer involve talking and thinking about things in a different way. Things that we can help with include:

  • behavioural difficulties
  • anxiety and depression
  • self harm
  • emotional difficulties
  • attention or over-activity problems
  • family relationships
  • sleep or toileting problems where other agencies have not been able to help.

We also work with other professionals from other agencies, such as school or social workeres to help resolve issues.

Not all children and young people with a learning disability need help from our service. We see families where the difficulties have become hard to manage and/or where there are substantial worries about behaviour or emotional well-being.

Facilities available

We try to provide a service that is accessible to everyone who needs our help.  Many of our appointments will take place in families' own homes.  Sometimes appointments might take place at one of our clinics close to your home.  We have clinics (see below for maps) in:

  • Brookside Clinic, Cambridge
  • Newtown Centre, Huntingdon
  • Doddington Hospital, Doddington

We also work closely, and try to attend meetings, with other professionals, about how best to help individual children and young people - providing advice, training and joint working with education staff on school issues and social care staff on school and social issues.

There is free car parking at our clinics in Cambridge and Doddington.  There are disabled parking spaces at the Newtown Centre but the car park is quite small and there is a bigger pay and display car park across the road at Sainsbury's.

We can refund transport costs for families who receive Family Income Support or Working Families Tax Credit.  Interpreters are available if needed

How do I access this service?

The CAMHS Learning Disability Team accepts referrals from GPs and primary care staff and social care teams for children and young people up to the age of 18 who are registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire.

Where is it?

 Brookside Family Consultation Clinic, 18 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AH.


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Newtown Centre, Nursery Road, Huntingdon, PE29 3RG.


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Alan Conway Court, Doddington Hospital, Doddington, PE15 0UG


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Contact the service

For enquiries / appointments:

  • Brookside Clinic, Cambridge - 01223 465100
  • Newtown Centre, Huntingdon - 01480 445281
  • Alan Conway Court, Doddington Hospital - 01354 644257/644258

For referrals:

  • Via the Cambridgeshire Community CAMHS Single Point of Access: fax: 01480 428149 or e-mail accesscamhs@nhs.net

 

Who provides the service?

The Cambridgeshire CAMHS Learning Disability Service is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust's Children's Business Unit.  Our multi-disciplinary team includes a wide range of clinicians and other professionals so that we are able to respond to specific needs, including:

  • Clinical psychologists
  • Consultant psychiatrist
  • Community nurses specialising in learning disabilities
  • Support workers
  • Team co-ordinators

Who is this service for?

 The  CAMHS Learning Disability Team accepts referrals for children and young people up to the age of 18 who have a learning disability and other associated mental health problems including:

  • behavioural difficulties
  • anxiety and depression
  • self harm
  • emotional difficulties
  • attention or over-activity problems
  • family relationships

 

 

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The page was last updated on 06 November 2017 by kbuggy.

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