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Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Portsmouth

Portsmouth Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides a mental health service for 5-18 year olds suffering with acute, chronic or server mental health problems. We provide assessment, treatment and support to young people and their families. Interventions include

individual therapy, groups, family therapy, medication, referral to other services where appropriate.

CAMHS staff are professionals who have had specialist training in child and adolescent mental health. The team includes nurses, mental health practitioners, therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists


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Portsmouth CAMHS Specialist Eating Disorder Service

For Young People, Parents & Carers

Telephone:  0300 123 6632

 

This team offers specialist treatment for young people with eating disorders. This may be anorexia, bulimia or binge eating.

 

We are a multi-disciplinary team including a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Systemic Family therapist, Occupational Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Eating Disorder Practitioner, Family Support worker and Business administrator. We are a small team who work closely together to  ensure that children and young people within our service receive the most appropriate care for their eating disorder. We are developing links with paediatric teams to ensure young people at high physical risk have their needs assessed and met.

 

After a comprehensive assessment that includes screening for neurodevelopmental factors we offer NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) concordant treatments. There is a range of treatments which can include:

 

Family Based Treatment:  This has the best evidence base for treating young people with eating disorders. It requires the whole family to attend weekly sessions where the family are supported and empowered to help the young person recover from their eating disorder.

 

Enhanced Family Support: This includes medical management where physical observations are done weekly with our family support worker. Home visits can be offered to understand what happens around mealtimes. Psychoeducation and nutritional advice is given and the aim is re-establishing regular eating and weight restoration.

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): CBT is a structured treatment that helps explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours that the individual wants to change. This is most often offered in a group setting

 

Adolescent Focused Therapy (AFT): Individual therapy that focuses on identifying, tolerating and managing emotions as well as developing strategies to deal with the tasks of adolescence.

 

Parent/Carers Support Group: Aim of this group is to give parents/carers a space to share their experiences and learn from one another.

 

Multidisciplinary Review: All care plans and interventions are regularly reviewed by our whole team and under the over-arching supervision of the team’s Consultant Psychiatrist.

 

 

Referral criteria

CAMHS is a multi-disciplinary service providing a range of effective, evidence-based assessments, treatments and support for children and young people (5-18) from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds where there are

concerns about their mental health.

• Depression.

• Eating Disorders.

• Neuro-Developmental Disorder.

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

• Psychosis.

• Self-harm.

• Severe and pervasive anxiety.

Full service description

Referrals are accepted from any professional in health, education, social services and the voluntary sector. A first assessment would take place within 4-5 week. Wait times have increased because of COVID. It would be advisable to contact the service to check on wait times as this vary at present.

Referral method

Referrals are accepted from any professional in health, education, social services and the voluntary sector. A first assessment would take place within 4-5 week. Wait times have increased because of COVID. It would be advisable to contact the service to check on wait times as this vary at present.

Reason for referral

• What are the specific difficulties that you want our service to address?

• How long has this been a problem and why is the family seeking help now?

• Is the problem situation-specific or more generalised?

 • Your understanding of the problem/issues involved.

Please see here for the referral form. 

Contact Information

0300 123 6632

SNHS.CAMHS- General@nhs.net

Falcon House, St James Hospital, Locksway Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8LD

Opening hours

  • Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

pals@solent.nhs.uk

0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005.

The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.

Email: InformationGovernanceTeam@solent.nhs.uk

Phone: 0300 123 3919

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
Southampton
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at:

communications@solent.nhs.uk 

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.