How to Refer

The Croft encourage services thinking of making a referral to contact us directly by phone (01223 534500) to discuss the potential referral.

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) although this may change in the future. 

Referrals are made by completing and submitting the national Referral Form (see foot of page for link) into inpatient services for children and young people. This form should be sent to the Croft team via email: The form should also be sent to the appropriate national commissioner case manager. The Croft team are happy to discuss any potential referrals by phone prior to referral for advice. 

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. For urgent referrals to our service we request that the referring clinician calls the unit directly (01223 534500) to discuss the referral as well as sending the national form. If a senior clinician is not immediately available to discuss the referral they will return the call within 4 hours. 

CAMHS Tier 4 Bed Availability System can be found here:

Further information

The page was last updated on 27 May 2020 by bdale.


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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