In response to new figures shared by the NSPCC today regarding referrals and waiting times for young children, Dr Vijay Parkash, West London Mental Health NHS Trust’s CAMHS and Developmental Services Clinical Director, said:
“Intervening early to support children and young people in Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow is a priority. We know that we can prevent a crisis and potential admission if we can reach people earlier and put in place some support. This means having the necessary resources in place to do that.
“Our range of early interventions also includes working with schools on issues like exam stress and building healthy self-esteem and our new models of care programme is delivering with more patients in beds closer to home and a reduced length of stay. Clinicians are already making a difference by quickly responding to service users and their carers, developing safe community support packages and when admission is needed, being actively involved in setting goals for the admission to facilitate safe discharge and a return to good health as soon as possible.
“We are working closely with commissioners to develop better crisis care pathways and are continuing to invest in new models of care to further improve the care given to children and young people.”