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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Learning Disabilities Team (CAMHS-LD)

Brief description of what services your organisation offers

CAMHS-LD is a specialist team within CAMHS that offers assessment and treatment options for a range of behavioural, emotional and mental health difficulties in children with learning disabilities. The team is multi-disciplinary and includes practitioners from Nursing, Psychology, Psychiatry and Occupational Therapy. CAMHS-LD works in partnership with families and with professionals from other services including Education, Social Care, Respite services and Voluntary Services such as Enable Ability

Where does your service take place?

The Service is based at Falcon House at St James Hospital and is City wide

What service, support or interventions do you offer?

CAMHS-LD provides assessment and treatment for a range of difficulties including challenging behaviour, mental health problems including anxiety, depression and psychiatric illness, difficulties associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, self-injurious behaviour, sexually harmful behaviour, complex eating, sleeping and toileting problems, and other areas where learning disability has a major impact on the child’s behaviour and wellbeing. CAMHS-LD provides the Triple P ‘Stepping Stones’ group programme in partnership with Portsmouth City Council.

Who can access your service?

The Service accepts referrals for children attending Cliffdale Primary, Mary Rose Academy, Redwood Park School and the Willows Nursery. The Service also works with Looked After Children in residential care who have learning disabilities.

Age range is 0 – 18. Anyone can refer the children to us including families and young people
The Service also offers consultation by way of advice, information and a limited number of sessions to practitioners in the City working with any child with a learning disability.

Children in mainstream education who have learning disabilities who have mental health difficulties can be referred to CAMHS via the Single Point of Access Team and CAMHS-LD will work alongside practitioners from these teams if necessary.

What do you expect children, young people and their families to gain from using your service?

The Service aims to provide families with the confidence and skills to manage behaviour and improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children with disabilities. The Service also works to prevent the breakdown of family placements by providing targeted, early intervention treatments in the community

How can this service be accessed?

Contact the Team directly to discuss possible referrals or to request a referral form at the address below.

Complaints and Compliments
Erica Goddard,
Falcon House,
St James Hospital,
Locksway Road,
PO4 8LD.

Tel: 0300 1236632

Email: snhs.camhs-general@nhs.net

Website: https://what0-18.nhs.uk/solent/camhs/portsmouth

 

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