CAMHS CAST (Consultation, advice, supervision and teaching)

The CAST (Consultation, Advice, Supervision and Training) team works directly with professionals who are working with young people experiencing or at risk of experiencing mental health difficulties. The service offers consultation, advice, supervision and training which can be specifically tailored to support the professional seeking the service.

 

Contact information

Telephone number:  01562 514573/ 01562 514549

Service hours:  Monday – Friday; 9.00 – 5.00

Location:  Countywide

Team Lead: Catherine Eastwell

 

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About us

Our aim is for school staff and other professionals to feel supported in working with children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. Every school has a named CAST worker who they can contact.

In certain circumstances we are able to offer consultations on a 1-1 basis for individual children and young people. We are also able to offer advice for individual children and young people when they would like to remain anonymous and on issues involving groups of children where there is a concern e.g. self-harm.

We work closely with Specialist CAMHS to ensure a seamless transition into treatment for those children who need it most and can make recommendations to other agencies about how to support the emotional and mental well-being of a child/young person by offering strategies, recommendations and possible overview via supervision and consultation of an agreed action.

CAMHS CAST - parents leaflet [pdf] 85KB

How to access the service

CAMHS CAST referral

A child/young person can be refered into the CAMHS CAST service by a professional if;

  • They are registered with a GP in Worcestershire
  • Have consent from parents/carer

CAMHS CAST referral form

Referrals for CAMHS CAST will not be processed through CAMHS (Single Point of Access), please refer directly to the service via email to: whcnhs.camhscast@nhs.net 

For more infromation on the service click here 

 

CAMHS CAST training

 CAMHS CAST offer training for:

  • Worcestershire School/GP/Organisation
  • Training not available else where
  • Must be mental health specific training
  • For staff, not for young people

Email the completed CAMHS CAST Training Request Form to: whcnhs.camhscast@nhs.net  

Depending on the requests across the county, it could be that CAMHS CAST would offer a county wide training which would be open to multiple schools/GPs/professionals. Please note, training requests must be specifically related to mental health.

 

Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit for Professionals

It may be helpful for you to access the Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit for Professionals. The document ‘aims to provide a quick guide to best practice in order to help Worcestershire schools, colleges and other education settings know what they should be providing to meet the emotional wellbeing needs of their pupils and learners, and to know when and how to access further support if needed.’