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Term of Reference 1 Theme 3. Access & availability to CAMH services

Criterion: BHSCT & SEHSCT NHSCT SHSCT WHSCT

The Belfast & South The Northern Trust has The Southern Trust has

Eastern area have always always provided CAMHS for always provided CAMHS

provided CAMHS for young young people up to age of for young people up to the

people up to age of 18. 18.

age of 18.

1.3.1. CAMH

services should

ordinarily cover

Children and young

people up to their 18

birthday. (Bamford)

Assessment by

review team

During the validation visit,

CAMHS staff in the focus

group indicated that adult

mental health services will

not accept a young person

until they are aged 18,

even if it is clear that they

will remain on the CAMHS

waiting list past their 18

Birthday and treatment will

most likely commence

when the young person is

18 or over.

The protocol for referral

indicates that a referral to

adult services may be made

for a young person in their

17 year who requires long

term intervention.

CAMHS staff in the focus

group indicated that a

referral to adult services

may be made for a young

person in their 17 year

who requires longer term

intervention.

The Western Trust has

provided CAMHS for young

people up to the age of 18

since January 2010.

During the validation visit

the review team felt that it

was not clear what the

impact of taking young

people up to the age of 18 is

on resources and interface

arrangements. The review

team found that this will

need to be continually

monitored and reviewed.

Fully achieved Fully achieved Fully achieved Fully achieved

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