Last modified: 22 June 2015
Clinic Opening Times: Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00

Core CAMHS Teams

We provide a service through four family consultation clinics based in Bedford, Dunstable, Mid Beds and Luton.

Each clinic offers assessment and treatment to young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues.

Depending on the child’s age, mental health difficulties can present in a variety of ways. It is quite common for children and young people, families and carers to feel stressed, anxious, down or angry from time to time but sometimes these feelings can be overwhelming and just won’t go away.

This can result in children and young people experiencing:

Depression: Where sad thoughts and feelings persist. This may follow family breakdown, trauma, loss, separation, or abuse and may involve self harm.

Anxiety: Where worries and concerns become excessive and sometimes can result in phobias, rituals and/or repetitive thoughts and actions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Other illnesses or difficulties which are less common may include: Eating disorders, bipolar disorders, psychosis, personality problems, attachment difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder or when a young person is at risk of harming themselves.

Our team brings together a wealth of skills and experience to understand and help you and your family.

Our clinics consist of a range of specialist trained professionals including:
Art Therapist, Clinical Psychology, Family Therapy, Nursing, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Social Work.

Following your initial assessment meetings, during which we will explore in detail the difficulties you are having, we will work with you to decide on a appropriate of interventions in order to help you to make the necessary changes.  These interventions may include:

• Creative Therapy / Art Psychotherapy
• CBT
• Family Therapy
• Group work
• Medication Management
• Psychotherapy

Home Treatment Teams (HTT)
The HTT will work closely with other services including the core specialist CAMHS team, education and social care teams using a care pathway approach providing high intensive community based treatment and support.

The team aims to help you avoid or manage future episodes of mental illness by providing you with a greater knowledge of your condition, improving coping techniques and visiting you regularly in your home or preferred location.
In a few cases, where home treatment is not an appropriate option, then the team may need to consider an inpatient admission for your wellbeing and safety, although this will be planned and discussed thoroughly with you and your family.

Looked After Children’s Teams (LAC)
LAC provides a service to young people who may be accommodated or under Care Orders with the Local Authorities. The team aims to support children whose placement is at risk of breaking down and support children who are in transition between placements.

Community Learning Disability Team
CAMHS CLDT provides assessment and intervention for children up to the age of 18 who have a learning disability and associated severe challenging behavior or mental health problems.
Some clinics also have access to the following services:
• GP liaison
• Specialist Paediatric Psychology Service
• Early Intervention
• Service for Children requiring Intensive Psychological Treatment
• CAMHS 0 – 5 team
• Youth Offending Service 
• Eating Disorder Outreach
• Dietetic Input

Confidentiality

We will not share any information that you give us without discussing this with you first and getting your consent. The only exception to this is if we consider that your life or the wellbeing of someone else could be at risk.

Compliments, Comments and Complaints

We welcome feedback about our services so please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service on freephone 0800 0131 223 or email: PALS@elft.nhs.uk