Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Main Address

Hours

  • Monday to Friday
    9am to 5pm
Islington Community CAMHS provides a service to children from birth to eighteen and their families. The service also provides a clinical service to mothers during the antenatal and postnatal period if they are experiencing mental health problems that impact on their capacity to parent.

Community CAMHS works with colleagues in children’s social care, children’s centres, primary and secondary schools to train and support them in the identification of children with mental health problems.

Early identification enables CAMHS to offer the right intervention to children in the best location. Interventions include liaison with the network involved with the child and family and clinical interventions including parent work (individual and group), cognitive behaviour therapy, systemic family psychotherapy, psychotherapy and educational psychotherapy.

Families are required to opt in to the service and are then offered a Choice appointment to reach a joint formulation of the difficulties they are seeking help with and a clear agreed treatment plan.

Community CAMHS is delivered by a Priority One Team (for urgent assessments) two multidisciplinary teams that are organised geographically to meet the needs of all children in their area through integrated work with other providers including Family Support, Children’s Social Care, and Schools.

Five specialist teams within Community CAMHS also provide services to:-
  • Under fives
  • Looked After Children (LAC)
  • Children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDT)
  • Children out of mainstream schools in Pupil Referrral units (PRUs)
  • Adolescent outreach (AOT)

Islington Adolescent Outreach Team (AOT)
 
The Islington Adolescent Outreach Team (AOT) is a highly specialised multi-disciplinary team within Islington Community CAMHS.  All referrals must come through existing CAMHS referral pathways.

AOT work with young people, aged 13-18, who are experiencing a wide range of complex mental health problems; their difficulties are often acute, long-standing and are having a significant impact on their daily lives; they may be at risk of hospital admission and they are likely to struggle to engage with traditional clinic-based services.  The AOT work very flexibly and assertively to meet the needs of this high risk client group, using a variety of models and approaches; and working in a wide range of community settings, including young people’s homes, schools, youth services or local cafes, in order to engage, assess, support and treat these challenging young people and their families.

Severe mental health problems that have a major impact on functioning. Young people must be unable to access or engage with clinic based services and/or be at risk of a Tier 4 hospital admission.
The team is only able to accept referrals from the following sources at the current time:

  • CFCS Teams
  • In-patient units
  • Adult mental health services
  • A&E Liaison Teams
Key contacts
Fay Moore
AOT Team Manager

Liz Cooney
Deputy AOT Team Manager


 

Helpline

020 3316 1824

Appointments

Choice appointments last between an hour and an hour and a half at the Northern Health Centre and are arranged with the family to suit them. Subsequent appointments with a treating clinician will last 50 minutes to an hour and take place in local Health Centres. Appointments in schools are made directly by the clinician with the family.

Referral

Referrals can be sent via post, fax, email or by calling the Duty Line - 0203 316 1824.
The Adolescent Outreach team is only able to accept referrals from the following sources at the current time:
  • CFCS Teams
  • In-patient units
  • Adult mental health services
  • A&E Liaison Teams

The team is able to provide consultation and advice to other services and agencies.

Useful resources

Simmons House website

Key staff

Dr Jane Jones

Dr Jane Jones[StaffQualifications]

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Sue Storey

Dr Sue Storey[StaffQualifications]

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Morris Zwi

Dr Morris Zwi[StaffQualifications]

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Community Child Psychiatry

Working on it!