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The Cambridgeshire Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Central Team works with young people with a range of moderate to severe mental health needs including anxiety, low mood, depression, self harm, obsessive-compulsive disorders, psychosis and the effects of trauma.

Child and Adolescent Mental health Services Central Team - core pathway

We work with young people up to their 17th birthday, who are registered with a GP within the District Council areas of Huntingdonshire and Fenland.

The team works with a range of young people with moderate to severe mental health needs including anxiety, low mood, depression, self harm, obsessive-compulsive disorders, psychosis and the effects of trauma. We offer comprehensive assessment and programmes of therapeutic intervention in line with the best evidence available. We work in collaboration with parents or carers and the young people themselves so that care and treatment plans are jointly owned and agreed.

Assessment

We hold weekly clinics which are called “Choice” clinics. In these we gather as much relevant information as we can in order to find the most helpful way forward. The young person and the family makes an informed choice as to whether to engage with the service.

Care and treatment

We call our programmes of intervention “Partnership” because reaching a helpful outcome depends on the collaborative participation of the child or young person, the parents or carers, and ourselves. The possible types of intervention or treatment that we offer include cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, psycho-educational approaches, various other talking therapies, arts therapy, medical interventions such as medication, and we can use play-based approaches for younger children. An agreed Care Plan may include us talking with other agencies or professionals involved with a young person, such as school, early help workers, social workers or paediatricians.

How to access this service

We accept referrals from professionals working with the young person who have enough information to make a comprehensive referral.  Referrers may include GPs, schools, social care workers, community paediatricians or counselling services. Referrals are accepted only via our CAMHS Single Point of Access Team who screen all our referrals (see details below).

Who provides this service?

The CAMHS Core Pathway team is part of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – Children's, Young People's and Families Directorate.

We work alongside our other CAMHS pathway teams that provide services for neuro-developmental conditions, eating disorders and substance use.

Our team consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists, family therapists, arts therapists, other mental health practitioners and administrators.

Referrals

Referrals should be made to:

CAMHS Single Point of Access Team
Newtown Centre
Nursery Road
Huntingdon
PE29 3RJ

T 01480 428115
F 01480 428149
E accesscamhs@nhs.net

The Newtown Centre, Nursery Road, Huntingdon, PE29 3RJ


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


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Contact the service

We provide appointments on an outpatient basis on two sites between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday:

  • Newtown Centre, Nursery Road, Huntingdon, PE29 3RJ
  • Alan Conway Court, Doddington Community Hospital, Benwick Road, Doddington, Cambs, PE15 0UG

The telephone number for both sites is 01480 445281.

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The page was last updated on 22 January 2020 by andrea.bateman.

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

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