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Maggie Atkinson

CAMHS: A time to transform

CAMHS: A time to transform is a new discussion paper from iMPOWER outlining our perspective on the dysfunctions of the current CAMHS system and – in light of the ‘Future in Mind’ report released earlier this year – we propose a new CAMHS delivery model that places the child at the centre of the service.

The paper argues that the current tiered system of services and fragmented commissioning system, whilst making sense on paper, in reality creates a complex and ineffective system of support. It is possible to reimagine a different CAMHS system.

To transform CAMHS as recommended in ‘Future in Mind’ we need to:

1. Focus on Tiers 1 and 2 within the system (easier access and earlier intervention)

2. Break down the barriers between the Tiers so that the child can move between layers depending on need (this will require better information sharing)

3. Develop the workforce with training on basic mental and emotional health issues to all professionals working with children and adolescents

If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help public sector agencies take a whole system approach to CAMHS transformation – from planning to implementation – please contact Maggie Atkinson at matkinson@impower.co.uk who will be able to help.

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