The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides assessment and intervention for children and young people with mental health difficulties up to their 18th birthday and their families. The aim of CAMHS is to improve the lives of children and young people with moderate to severe emotional, behavioural, psychological or psychiatric difficulties and that of their families. A wide range of interventions are offered and adapted depending on the nature and severity of the problem. In most cases a single practitioner will provide treatment, but sometimes, two or more practitioners will work together to provide a care package.Much of the work relies on liaison and consultation with other health professionals local authority services and non statutory agencies. The service is divided into two main teams; our core CAMHS team and our Primary Mental Health Work (PMHW) team. The PMHW team works with mild to moderate mental health difficulties directly with children young people and families and through consultation with a range of stakeholders as well as providing a range of training on mental health related topics.
Written referrals to the service are accepted from a range of professionals including general practice, paediatrics, educational psychology, speech and language and social work. Self referrals are not accepted. CAMHS can offer advice and consultation to services prior to referral. Formal referrals should be sent to CAMHS, The Manor, Brown Street, Camelon for the Falkirk area or CAMHS, 1 Randolph Road, Stirling, for the Stirling and Clackmannanshire area. Clinics are mainly held at these bases as well as Clackmannanshire Community Healthcare Centre (CCHC).
CAMHS responds to emergency referrals as a priority. Clients referred on a non-urgent basis will be asked to telephone the service to arrange an initial appointment. In some cases where it is deemed CAMHS is not best suited to meet the needs of the child or adolescent another service or resources may be recommended to the referrer. Discharge after treatment is arranged in agreement with the client and care is returned to the referrer.
Referral to the PMHW Early Access service should be in writing.
Hours and Travel
Outpatient CAMHS services are open from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, excluding Bank Holidays. New clients are sent a map and directions to the service. Families on government benefits may claim travel costs. In most cases, reimbursements will be based on public transport fees and a fare receipt is necessary. The cost of fuel may be claimed if it is less than the equivalent cost of public transport. Although some specialist clinics are held at one base only, the service aims to make support as accessible as possible. In some circumstances staff will visit families at home or in school.
The team are made up of a range of professionals from different backgrounds. These include psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and social workers. The administrative staff are also an integral part of the team. Some staff are trained to deliver specialist therapies and interventions such as; familiy therapy, play therapy, specialist parenting approaches and cognitive behavioural therapy.
The team also facilitates a number range of trainees from psychiatry, psychology, nursing and social work.
The Manor, Brown Street, Camelon, Falkirk, FK1 4PX
Tel: (01324) 610846
Fax: (01324) 610847
There is an out of hours answer phone on the above number which serves Falkirk & District Council area.
CAMHS Stirling and Clackmannanshire
1 Randolph Road, Stirling, FK8 2AU
Tel: (01786) 450471
Fax: (01786) 448980
There is an out of hours answer phone which serves Stirling Council & Clackmannanshire Council areas
Primary Mental Health Work team, Falkirk Community Hospital, Westburn Avenue, Falkirk, FK1 5QE
Tel: 01324 616023