The CAMHS urgent care teams work in conjunction with these local hospitals and existing local CAMHS services to provide access for children and young people up to the age of 18 to a dedicated crisis and liaison service when they are experiencing an acute mental health or emotional crisis.
Our aim is that young people are seen by a CAMHS clinician at first point of contact no matter what time of day or night. We provide rapid response, prompt assessment and where appropriate time limited brief interventions by CAMHS urgent care clinicians.
Reasons for urgent referral include:
We can also offer consultation on cases in which it may not be immediately clear what the presenting concerns and risks are to ensure that the safeguarding needs of children and young people are paramount.
The CAMHS Urgent team (UCT) operates from three hubs within the Central and North West London CCG areas:
Referrals can be made directly from A&E or Community CAMHS teams