CAMHS Learning Disability Service

CQC rated good 2019_CAMHS1 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.

 

Contact Information

Telephone number: 01684 612740

Service hours: Monday-Friday 9-5

Location: Countywide

Team Lead: Neil Phillips

 

About us

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

Referrals are taken from Professionals via CAMHS SPA (Single Point of Access).

CAMHS SPA Referral Form [docx] 68KB

CAMHS SPA Referral Form - GP Only [docx] 55KB

CAMHS Detailed Referral Criteria [docx] 27KB

 

Send referrals to:

Address: CAMHS Single Point of Access, Wildwood West Wing,1st Floor, County Hall Campus, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP
Email: WHCNHS.CAMHS-SPA@nhs.net
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.