Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CAMHS offer assessment and treatment when children and young people have emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. This project remains the ultimate point of reference for evidence in children’s and adolescent mental health services across the UK and looks at both community and inpatient provision.

The Network’s benchmarking project for CAMHS covers:

  • Service models - Service provision, provisions for on-call arrangements, and transition services

  • Access - referral sources, acceptance rates, and waiting times

  • Activity - levels of contacts, rates of discharges, and DNA rates

  • Workforce - skill mix, training, absence and sickness rates, and consultant SPAs and DCCs

  • Finance - costs, both pay and non-pay, and CIPs.

This project is for all providers of CAMHS services. Subscribing member organisations who participate in this project will receive:

  • An interactive toolkit, allowing you to benchmark your service across hundreds of metrics

  • A bespoke dashboard report outlining key metrics, and highlighting your reported positions

  • A high-level report outlining key messages nationally

  • Free attendance at annual conferences, accessing presentations on project key findings, from national policy leads and members

  • Good practice case studies on how members use the benchmarking to improve service delivery

2018/19 Benchmarking Project

This year's CAMHS benchmarking project has received 107 submissions from across the UK. Data analysis for 2017/18 includes CAMHS providers from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the States of Jersey, including a number of independent sector providers.

This year, at the request of participants, additional data on Autistic Spectrum Disorder pathways is included. Each section opens with the complete position for CAMHS. This is followed by a breakdown of metrics with charts excluding ASD (focussing on the pure mental health element of CAMHS) and only ASD (looking solely at this element of the pathway).

You can read more about the highlights from the 2018 project in our news section or download our project card.

2019/20 Benchmarking Project

In response to the NHS Long Term Plan the Network’s well-established project on CAMHS provides a range of evidence to support providers in effectively managing their services and meet the challenges and opportunities identified in the plan.

Click here for more information on how the CAMHS project will support NHS organisations in meeting the national and local priorities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

To submit data or If you have any questions about this work, please contact Alex Ng or call 0161 266 1940.

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