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3.2 Profile of Northern HSC Trust

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust became operational on 1 April

2007 following a merger of three trusts. The northern area has a total

population is 453,824 (NISRA) and it is estimated 80,778 are aged under 18

years. The Northern Trust covers a large geographical area and provides a

service from 0-18 years.

CAMH services in the Northern Trust are delivered from a range of

community settings. CAMHS in the Northern Trust comprise three locality

based CAMHS teams providing assessment and treatment from ages 0-18

years. Eating disorders are assessed by a trust-wide specialist Tier 3

service. In addition, CAMHS has access to a regional trauma service and a

range of voluntary and other statutory services, including education and

family centres at tier 2.

Northern Trust reported the second highest number of referrals per trust in

Northern Ireland and the highest weekly referral pattern. In addition they

have the highest number of referrals for the age range 11-15 years. There

are more male than female referrals at every age group and a high

percentage of referrals are followed up. Graph 2 outlines the pattern of

referrals in the Northern Trust. Across the three age ranges: 5-10, 11-15 and

16-17 years, the number of children receiving a service after referral is 53 per

cent, the lowest rate of the four CAMH services.

Number of referrals

700

600

500

400

300

200

100

0

Northern Trust Referrals

1 April 2008 - 31 March 2009

104

242

51

116

265

341

126

307

212 198

0-4 5-10 11-15 16-18

Age by Group

1st Column - number of CAMHS referrals

2nd Column - numbers who received a service

156

115

Female

Male

Graph 2: Northern Trust Referrals

Trust Number of

Admissions

Age Range

(years)

Length of Stay

(LoS) (days)

Average

LoS

from to min max (days)

Northern 40 14 17 1 116 20

Table 2: Young people admitted to adult wards

1 April 2007 - 30 September 2009

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