Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

"National data has enabled clinicians to be engaged in identifying clinical efficiencies in order to keep national position and removed professional tensions that sometimes blocks clinicians engaging in a financial reflection" -- Participant feedback, 2015

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 and looks at both tiers 1-3 and tier 4 provision of services. 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. Subscribing members receive:

  • Access to the benchmarking toolkit, allowing you to compare your service nationally across hundreds of metrics
  • A bespoke report tailored to your organisation, outlining key messages and metrics
  • The opportunity to attend the CAMHS conference to hear from national speakers and member good practice sites

2016/17 benchmarking project

The 2016 CAMHS benchmarking project was the largest ever, with over 100 submissions received from 77 individual participants from across the UK. We are grateful for all organisations for their participation.

As well as a national report, available to all Network members, this is the first year that bespoke reports have been made available for participants.  In addition to the bespoke report, participants also receive a toolkit including over 2000 metrics for comparison.

2017/18 benchmarking project

This project is running again in 2017/18, collecting 2016/17 data.  An event, free to Network members, will be held on 16th November 2017.

Download a summary of the project together with the 2016 highlights.

For queries about this project please contact Zoe Morris.

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