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The Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Peterborough Team provides assessment and treatment for children and young people up to the age of 17. We are the NHS service that assesses and treats young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.  We accept referrals for children and young people registered with a GP in Peterborough, some areas of North Cambridgeshire (Yaxley and Whittlesey) and Lincolnshire depending on our contract with the commissioners in those areas

How this service can help you

We can assess children and young people where difficulties have become hard to manage and/or where there are substantial worries about behaviour or emotional wellbeing. Most of the treatment we offer involves talking to understand the nature of the problems and thinking about things in a different way together. Our approach is to work in an open, co-operative and supportive way with children, young people and their families. We agree treatment goals and care plans at each stage with you.

Children, young people and their families may be offered: 

  • Assessment and planned individualised treatment programmes for children and young people experiencing 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
  • 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 may be prescribed by a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Mental health assessment and support with managing care at Peterborough City Hospital (North West Anglia Foundation Trust)
  • Work closely with, and offer support for, other professionals about how best to help individual children and young people
  • First Response Service for mental health is available by telephoning NHS 111 option 2

Facilities available

We aim to provide a service that is accessible to everyone who needs it and try to arrange appointment times and places which are most convenient for children, young people and their families. Our out-patient clinics are held at the City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6DB.

The City Care Centre has a car park (Pay machine in reception). There is a bus stop on Thorpe Road.

Interpreters are available if needed.

How do I access this service?

Before making a referral, you can call first for a telephone consultation with one of our Single Point of Access (SPA) Clinicians on 01480 428115 Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00.This service is offered to all professionals considering a referral to Peterborough CAMHS or seeking an opinion regarding a particular child, young person or family with whom they are working.  The Single Point of Access staff can advise on:

  • whether our Community CAMHS can help
  • how to make a referral
  • what information the service needs
  • what support might be available pending the first appointment

 If, after discussion, Community CAMHS is not the right service, the team will be able to advise on other sources of help.

CAMHS work closely with locality teams, schools, the voluntary sector  and other local organisations working with children and young people.  This close working relationship facilitates children and young people to be seen by the most appropriate service to meet their needs.

Where is it?

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Winchester Place, 80 Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6AP

Contact the service

Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Tom Messinger (Team Manager)

Christina Massey (Service Manager

·        Enquiries: 0300 555 5810

·        Fax: 01733 777938 (secure)

Who provides the service?

Peterborough Community CAMHS is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and is part of the Children, Young People and Families Directorate.  We have a wide range of clinicians in our team including: 

  • CAMHS Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  •  Nurses
  • Family Therapists
  • Assistant Psychologists
  • Support Workers
  •  Administrative Staff

Who is this service for?

Types of problems that you can refer to our Community CAMHS: 

  • Depression indicated by low mood beyond age-appropriate variation which has lasted more than a month
  • Anxiety and related problems (including severe phobias, school phobia, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • Self-harming, suicidal feelings and behaviours
  • Coping with the effects of trauma (such as being over-anxious, overly vigilant and experiencing flashbacks and nightmares – as in post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Severe habit behaviours such as hair-pulling (known as Trichotillomania) in conjunction with mental health symptoms.
  • Eating disorders (resulting in significant weight loss or affecting growth or binge-eating and purging)
  • Complex attachment difficulties – disturbed relationship with their care giver in conjunction with other significant mental health problems
  • Hearing voices associated with mood disturbance, anxiety or strikingly unusual beliefs and behaviour
  • Problems with concentration and over-activity persistent in more than one setting - eg, school or home (which have not responded to parenting support and school-based intervention)
  • Complex challenging behaviour when this occurs in conjunction with other significant mental health problems
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Tourette’s Syndrome when there are other significant mental health problems which have not responded to other interventions
  • Learning disabilities, when there are other significant mental health problems causing significant impairment

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The page was last updated on 06 July 2020 by aji.kuriakose.

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