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Chapter 9

Assessment of HSC Board

9.1 Terms of Reference 1

CAMHS Information

The initial recommendations made by Bamford highlighted the need for a systematic approach to collecting information about the

nature and extent of the public health and mental health needs of children and young people in Northern Ireland. The contention

is that services can be planned and delivered more effectively when commissioners and service providers have accurate

information to target specific areas of need and to, identify trends and gaps in service provision. In addition, the review team

would suggest that this will be significant in times of financial restraint as it can provide information which could impact on the

efficiency of service delivery.

Term of Reference 1 Theme 1 CAMHS Information

Assessment Criterion HSC Board Level of Achievement

1.1.1 A study of the mental

health needs of children and

young people should be

commissioned.

The HSC Board in partnership with the Public Health Agency

(PHA), Education and Youth Justice will explore options for

collating existing information on the mental health needs of

children and young people. It is unlikely that any study will be

Not achieved

1.1.2 A CAMHS mapping

exercise should be carried out

across all sectors by an

independent research

institute and should be

repeated at regular intervals.

commissioned until 2011.

The minimum data set recently collected by the HSC Board

provides the basis of a comprehensive CAMHS mapping exercise.

The review team is aware that this is not complete and has not

been carried out by an independent research institute. However,

the current method of data collection is useful and offers an

opportunity to validate how the data is used by commissioners to

identify issues within CAMHS. In addition, it would appear that a

system has been put in place to ensure this information is

Substantially achieved

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