Combined CAMHS delivering improved waiting times, new services and new facilities for children and young people’s mental health. @CombinedNHS


Combined Healthcare has published updated waiting time figures demonstrating the significant improvement and quality of services being delivered by its children and young people’s mental health services.

The figures are published on the day the Care Quality Commission (CQC) unveils a new report on the challenges facing providers of services for children and young people’s mental health. The CQC Report states:

“it is vitally important that children and young people have timely access to high-quality care that is person-centred and tailored to meet the unique needs of each child or young person at each stage of their development.”

Over the last two years, the Trust has made incredible progress in ensuring children and young people are seen in a timely manner for an initial assessment, they receive a good quality risk assessment and care plan and that everyone is allocated a care coordinator, with the result that:

  • Two thirds of children and young people are seen for a first assessment within four weeks – no child waits more than 18 weeks.
  • 97% of children and young people receive treatment within 18 weeks.

The Trust’s children and young people’s services has also:

  • developed a multiagency single point of access service at the Bennett Centre in Stoke-on-Trent enabling children and young people receive the right service at the right time in the right place;
  • rolled out a new programme of high intensity evidence based treatment groups supporting children with a range of mental health disorders, including self-harm, anxiety and depression;
  • introduced attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) skills workshops in children and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) sites across the whole of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire;
  • developed a new specialist community eating disorder team, with 100% of children and young people receiving treatment within four weeks of referral for routine cases; and one week for urgent cases;
  • unveiled a new garden at the Trust’s Tier 4 CAMHS service at the Darwin Centre as part of a programme of investment to improve therapeutic environments.

The Trust has also recently joined forces with local schools to launch a nationally leading new mental health and wellbeing strategy. The strategy has been launched as part of an exciting partnership between Combined Healthcare and the following schools across Stoke-on-Trent:

  • Abbey Hill School and Performing Arts College
  • Burnwood Community Primary School
  • Diamond Families
  • Kemball School
  • Inspire
  • Portland School and Specialist College
  • Watermill School