Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Priory Healthcare provides a range of CAMHS inpatient services for the NHS, always aiming to meet a young person's needs safely and effectively, in the least restrictive environments.

We understand that arriving at hospital can be a daunting time for a young person so we provide a homely and safe environment, ensuring high quality and effective care. We help to build improved resilience and emotional wellbeing for the future and we always aim to manage a young person in the least restrictive environment that maintains their privacy and dignity.

Priory Healthcare's approach to treatment

Our comprehensive multidisciplinary teams (MDT) provide high quality evidence-based treatment programmes across a range of conditions. Our flexible and bespoke treatment plans, for those aged between 13 and 18 years*, are tailored to the needs of each individual and take into account the physical, educational and spiritual wellbeing of the service user, as well as their mental health.

Priory Healthcare is committed to protecting and safeguarding all of the young people that we care for. We strive to create a transparent and open culture where everyone that we admit feels safe and comfortable. For every person that we accept, safeguarding concerns are always at the forefront of our minds.

If a young person reaches the age of 17½ years during their admission, we will work with local CAMHS, adult mental health services and commissioners to arrange an effective transition to adult services, which may include referral to adult inpatient services if they are unable to be discharged before their 18th birthday.

    Building on quality

    Our CAMHS are regularly reviewed by the Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS (QNIC) to ensure that we meet national standards for quality of care. We also believe that clinical outcomes, such as the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA) score, provide a valuable indication of the quality of our treatment programmes. The HoNOSCA score calculates the young person’s mental wellbeing at admission, during treatment and at discharge.

    We are committed to continually improving quality of treatment – many of our clinicians are actively involved in this at a national level. This is evidenced by the participation of our CAMHS units in the QNIC annual peer review process.

    Please note, unfortunately we are unable to take self referrals for NHS services. For treatment to be funded through the NHS, this will need to be discussed with your GP or, if you have one, your care coordinator.

    *  Under special circumstances, Priory Healthcare is able to arrange treatment for young people from the age of 10

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    “The range of therapeutic interventions available at the Priory is almost unique to mental healthcare in this country. The needs of the young people drive the therapeutic packages which are devised by our multidisciplinary clinical teams”

    Dr Hamilton McBrien, Medical Director, the Priory Hospital Roehampton.