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The Cambridgeshire Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides assessment and treatment for children and young people up to the age of 17 living in Cambridgeshire  who are experiencing emotional and behavioural problems and eating or neurodevelopmental disorders, and support for their families.

How this service can help you

We can help children, young people and their families where difficulties have become hard to manage and/or where there are substantial worries about a child’s behaviour or emotional well-being. 

Most of the treatment we offer involves talking to understand the nature of problems and thinking about things in a different way.  Our approach is to work in an open, co-operative and supportive way with children, young people and their families, agreeing treatment goals and care plans at each stage.  Our multi-disciplinary out-patient and community teams work closely with education, social services and child health services to offer children, young people and families:

  • Assessment and planned treatment programmes, including individual work, play therapy, family work, supporting families to manage difficult behaviour
  • Assessment and treatment for children and young people experiencing more severe persistent mental health problems and disorders
  • Assessment, treatment and support for children and young people with learning disabilities and/or complex health care needs and their families
  • Direct advice on managing behaviour or emotional difficulties
  • Family appointments to think about ways to resole problems together
  • Individual therapy for young people to help them understand their feelings better and find new ways of coping
  • Medication (occasionally) prescribed by a child and adolescent psychiatrist

We also work closely with, and offer support for, 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.

Facilities available

We try to provide a service that is accessible to everyone who needs it. We hold clinics all across Cambridgeshire and can also arrange appointment times and places which are most convenient for children, young people and their families.

We can refund transport costs for families who receive Family Income Support or Working Families Tax Credit.

Interpreters are available if needed.

In Huntingdon and Fenland we provide out patient services from:

  • The Newtown Centre, Nursery Road, Huntingdon PE29 3RJ (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). There is a small car park on site with a bigger Sainsbury pay-and-display car park across the road
  • Alan Conway Court, Doddington Hospital, Doddington PE15 0UG (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). Free car parking on site.

How do I access this service?

The Community CAMH central team accepts referrals from GPs and primary and social care teams for children and young people up to the age of 17 registered with a GP in the Huntingdonshire and Fenland areas of NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Where is it?

Referrals should be made to:

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

T 01480 428115
F 01480 428149

Out patient clinics are held :

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

Monday to Friday

For enquiries /appointments:

  • Huntingdon CAMHS: tel: 01480 445281 
    Fax: 01480 445349 (secure)
  • Fenland CAMHS: tel:  01354 637087
    Fax: 01354 644262 (secure)

Who provides the service?

The Cambridgeshire Community CAMH service is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust Children’s Business Unit and offers pathways for core child and adolescent mental health, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autistic spectrum disorders. Our multi-disciplinary team includes a wide range of clinicians and other professionals so that we are able to respond to specific needs including:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Specialist nurses
  • Therapists
  • Family therapists
  • Nurses
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Administrative support staff

Who is this service for?

The Central CAMHS Team accepts referrals from GPs and other professionals working with children and young people up to the age of 17, registered with a GP in Huntingdon or Fenland who are experiencing:

  • Feeling low or more than normally worried
  • Feeling more than normally anxious
  • Thinking about deliberate self harm
  • Obsessive habits that can’t be stopped, such as obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Major eating problems, such as anorexia nervosa
  • Having lots of worrying thoughts about themselves or others
  • Psychosis
  • Mental health problems with associated behavioural difficulties, such as worrying levels of conflict or fights

And where primary care or other health and support services have been unable to resolve these issues.

The Learning Disability Team accepts referrals for children and young people up to the age of 18 who have a learning disability and/or complex health care needs.

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Further information

The page was last updated on 06 February 2019 by aburrows.

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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