Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.

CAMHS-Child Development Centre- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Address: CAMHS-Child Development Centre- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service , Child Development Centre, Falcon House, St James’ Hospital, Locksway Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8LD

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Brief description of what services your organisation offers:
The CAMHS-CDC is a small resource providing a highly specialist service, working with young people (and their families) aged 0-18 years, who have a moderate to severe developmental delay or learning disability.  The service only accepts referrals from Paediatricians.

We are able to support young people and families in a range of environments, such as at home or school.  We meet with families to explore their needs and hopes, then we think about how we can work together to meet their needs.  Our team is a specialist multi-disciplinary team including Clinical Psychology, Specialist Nursing and Occupational Therapy and Psychiatry.  Once accepted, the young person and their family would be allocated to a clinician who has the best skills to wrork with their specified needs.

Where the service is provided - please state if City wide or locality based:
The service covers Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport and Havant areas.

What the organisation provides - types of interventions and support:
Interventions in our service are aimed at moderate to severe difficulties - in order to prevent family or school breakdown; promote emotional and psychological wellbeing; address mental health difficulties such as anxiety and low mood; prevention of further deterioration of health conditions or medical complications as a result of the emotional and behavioural difficulties of young people with complex health needs.  Interventions are usually time limited to meet specific needs, but families can be re-referred if necessary. 

Examples of interventions include assessment of and management of emotional and psychological, or other mental health needs; helping parents manage severe behavioural difficulties;  therapeutic interventions with children who are having difficulties coming to terms with living with a learning disability or complex health need.  Other interventions may also include behavioural and emotional work regarding significant self-injurious or sexualised behaviour, complex eating and sleep difficulties. Professional consultations may be offered, for example   when individual work with the young person or family is not deemed to be appropriate.
In addition, our service runs a ‘Positive Behaviour Management Group’ for parents/carers of children with complex needs, in collaboration with the Havant CAMHS learning disability service. This group usually runs twice yearly, subject to resources and demand. Access to the group is by invitation, or referral from a Community Paediatrician. The five sessions cover topics such as ‘understanding challenging behaviour’, practical sessions on how to manage behaviour, ‘linking thoughts, feelings and behaviour’ and ‘sensory issues’.

Eligibility Criteria:  
 - Children between the ages of 0-18 years.
 - Under the care of a Community Paediatrician.
 - Their GP is based within the Portsmouth or East Hants areas of Hampshire.
 - Developmental delay or learning disability (moderate to severe)
 - The child is at significant risk of family or placement breakdown (school and/or home), the child is at risk of not reaching their full potential due to current difficulties.

Quality standards and expected outcomes for children and young people and their families accessing your service:
We aim to reduce the risk of family or placement breakdown and help the child and their family to achieve their full potential.  We also use various outcome measures to ascertain the effectiveness of our service, such as the Goal Based Outcome Measure and Sheffield Learning Disability Measure.  

How can this service be accessed?
See Eligibility Criteria

Compliments and Complaints:
In the first instance, please contact the lead for the CAMHS-CDC Service, Dr Kate Benham

Contact Details:
Child Development Centre,
Falcon House,
St James’ Hospital,
Locksway Road,

Tel:  0300 1236632
Email address: SNHS.CAMHS-general@nhs.net

Tel: 0300 1236632

Service Category: Health

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