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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 and 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 behhaviour or emotional difficulties
  • Family appointments to think about ways to resolve 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.

Young Minds has produced an extremely useful new website for young people that features a wealth of information on medications and mental health conditions. Go to for more information.

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.

In Cambridge, our out patient clinics are held at the Brookside Child and Family Consultation Clinic, Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 8AH. 

There is a free car park on site and also nearby street parking. 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 Community CAMHS South Team accepts referrals from GPs and social care teams for children and young people up to the age of 17 registered with a GP in Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire

Where is it?

Referrals to the Community CAMH South team should be made to:

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

T 01480 428115
F 01480 428149

Our out-patient clinic is held at Brookside Child and Family Clinic, 18d Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AH:

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Contact the service

The service is available Monday - Friday.

For service-users, parents, carers and general enquiries:

  • Call - 01223 465100
  • Fax: 01223 465272

Advice line for healthcare professionals only:

  • Call - 01223 465214 (8.30am to 5pm)

Who provides the service?

The Cambridgeshire Community CAMH Service is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust Children’s Business Unit and is part of the core CAMHS pathway. We have a wide range of clinicians and other professionals so that we are able to respond to specific needs including:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Family therapists
  • Play therapists 
  • Administrative support staff

Who is this service for?

Referrals are accepted from children and young people up to the age of 17, registered with a GP in Cambridge city and South Cambridgeshire who might be:

  • 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
  • Thinking about deliberate self harm
  • Major eating problems, such as anorexia nervosa
  • Having lots of worrying thoughts about themselves or others
  • Psychosis
  • Mental health problems with associated behavioiural difficulties, such as worrying levels of conflict or fights

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Further information

The page was last updated on 18 February 2019 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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