CAMHS Learning Disability Service
Some families with a child with a learning disability benefit from specialist support and the CAMHS Learning Disability Service can offer specific help to these families. The service is for children and young people with a moderate to profound learning disability up to 18 years of age who also have behavioural or emotional difficulties. These difficulties will not have improved despite the help of parent training programmes or support from community paediatricians and others involved.
Telephone number: 01684 612740
Service hours: Monday-Friday 9-5
Team Lead: Neil Phillips
The CAMHS Learning Disability Service is made up of a range of professionals including learning disability nurses, specialists in supporting families/ young people, clinical psychologists and learning disability psychiatrists.
We aim to help families think and find out more about some of the reasons for their child’s behavioural or emotional difficulties; these can include communication difficulties, autism, sleep problems, sensory issues, family or relationship difficulties and stressful life events. Families are then in a better position to think about any changes that they may want to make. Where appropriate we also aim to help young people to develop a better understanding of their own emotions and behaviour through 1:1 sessional work adapted to meet the needs of the young person.
Once we have received a referral, young people and their families are offered an initial meeting (usually at one of our bases across the county) lasting for up to 1½ hours. The letter includes some forms for families to complete, which help us gather information before the first appointment.
We work with other agencies and professionals and where families have given permission, will contact relevant professionals as appropriate. All our meetings with families and young people will be confidential unless we are concerned that somebody within the family (including the young person) or someone else is at significant risk of coming to harm.
All referrals to the Learning Disability Service should be made through the CAMHS single point of access; any professional can make a referral to the Learning Disability Service.
How to access the service
We are currently reviewing how we safely support our patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Government are asking everyone to be vigilant to try to delay the spread of the virus. In response to this we have made the decision to where appropriate move to telephone or teleconferencing in place of face to face appointments.
From the 23rd of March we will be moving to a telephone based system, this means that our clinicians will consult with both you as the referrer and families over the phone. To support this and aid information being passed easily to our patients and their families please secure an up to date email address for these families and include this with your referral.
We thank you for your support.
Referrals are taken from Professionals via CAMHS SPA (Single Point of Access).
Send referrals to:
Address: CAMHS Single Point of Access, Wildwood West Wing,1st Floor, County Hall Campus, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP
Tel: 01905 768 300
Working hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
We also accept internal referrals via the child or young person's keyworker.