News & Updates

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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