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CAMHS Access and Flow series

8 March 2019

Here you can access seven stories about improving access and flow in our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Click on the icons to view.



Improving access and flow in the Tower Hamlets Neurodevelopmental CAMHS pathway

4 March 2019

In our last story of the Improving access and flow within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services series, discover how the Neurodevelopmental team (NDT) in Tower Hamlets CAMHS managed to reduce the percentage of missed appointments by 55% while also making changes to the team structure. Here’s the story:   CAMHS Access and Flow series… Read More



Improving access and flow: Luton CAMHS story

26 February 2019

In our fifth story of the Improving access and flow within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services series, discover how the Luton CAMHS team found new ways to review referrals and achieved a 19% reduction from referral to second appointment. Luton and Bedford CAMHS also offered QI training to service users and now have a group of young people ready… Read More



City & Hackney CAMHS: Access and Flow project

19 February 2019

Here’s the fourth story of the Improving access and flow within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services series. In the newsletter below, find out how the City & Hackney team changed the way they operate to improve the experience of young people in the crisis pathway. Click to read:   CAMHS Access and Flow series… Read More



Newham Child and Family Consultation Service in: The Busy Bees

12 February 2019

Here’s the third story of the Improving access and flow within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services series. The Newham Emotional & Behavioural Team share their journey of reducing cancellation rates and other improvements as part of their QI project. The team also recently threw open their doors for a week-long CAMHS festival, reaching out into their community,… Read More



‘Mission Improvable’: an entirely factual and anonymous blog

6 February 2019

Here’s an honest and humorous account of the highs and lows of a QI project journey in the Tower Hamlets CAMHS triage pathway. This is the second story of the Improving access and flow within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services series. Click below to read:   CAMHS Access and Flow series – access all… Read More



Improving access and flow within CAMHS: the ADHD service story

28 January 2019

This is the first story of a series dedicated to improvement work in ELFT’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Each week you will be able to learn more about a different QI project through their learning and achievements. Here’s the first one… City & Hackney CAMHS reduced the waiting time from referral to assessment… Read More



Improving access and flow within Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

28 January 2019

Graeme Lamb, Clinical Director for Children’s services, and Jamie Stafford, Improvement Advisor, reflect on the journey of teams who took part in a learning system to improve access and flow within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services directorate. Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing some of these teams’ stories. Since June 2017,… Read More



Giving young people a voice: QI training for service users and carers

21 November 2018

As part of our efforts to take people participation in Quality Improvement (QI) to the next level, the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Bedfordshire and Luton offered two workshop sessions for young people and carers who wanted to work alongside staff to identify and improve quality issues within healthcare. Find out more… Read More



Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services learning set using Skype for Business

22 January 2018

The communication platform allowed teams working in various locations to connect and share their experiences. Words by James Stafford (QI Darzi Fellow) and Marco Aurelio (Improvement Advisor) The number of referrals to community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) continues to rise nationwide, posing challenges to teams across the country. Over the past six… Read More



Improving confidence in Managing Self-harm at the Coborn: A QI project supporting young people, their families and staff

20 July 2017

By Louisa Bravery, Consultant Psychologist at the Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health Introduction There has been an increase in the number of young people presenting with self-harm difficulties, with a rise in those requiring hospital treatment (NHS Digital cited in The Guardian, 2016).  There is also an increasing awareness of the use of social media… Read More



Improving Access in Children’s Services

11 July 2017

The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Service The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Service started their QI project in December 2015. The service dedicates time every Friday afternoon to focus on quality improvement and this time has involved teaching sessions on the methodology, presentations and project team meetings. All members of the service are part of the… Read More



Improving interventions for parents of children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in CAMHS

30 June 2017

Laura Roughan, Psychologist, in our City and Hackney Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, writes about her team’s QI project aimed at Improving interventions for parents of children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in CAMHS Background In 2015, City and Hackney Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) devised a pathway model for… Read More



ELFT CAMHS Services Quality Conference

30 June 2017

On Wednesday 28th June 150 colleagues from across the Trust’s CAMHS services came together to dedicate time to further develop their understanding around capacity and demand issues. Identified as a priority area for the directorate, the aim of the day was to take a deep dive into understanding flow through the services, identify what works… Read More



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