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Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services - CAMHS

St Andrew’s  provides low and medium secure Tier 4 CAMHS inpatient services, with the objective of enabling young people to live well and to their full potential in the least restrictive environment possible.

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are designed for boys and girls aged 13 to 18 with complex mental disorders, severe emotional and behavioural difficulties, intellectual disabilities, mental illness and autistic spectrum disorders.

We are able to treat a wide range of disorders, including the most complex needs. Our ethos, is to provide person-centered care which addresses young people’s mental health needs as well as their functional, cognitive, emotional, social, communication, sensory and vocational needs.

Located centrally in Northampton, Smyth House provides bespoke programmes of care and treatment, delivered by a comprehensive on-site MDT, the service also includes St Andrew’s College, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. 

Treatment and care

All treatments and therapeutic interventions are needs-led, individual, and based on the outcomes of a comprehensive and ongoing assessment process for each young person.

The four main areas of focus are:

1. Mental health recovery and reducing risk: including DBT, CBT, offence-related therapy, family interventions and medication optimisation

2. Improved physical wellbeing: including self-care, weight management, sports and exercise therapy, physiotherapy

3. Maximising independence: including vocational pathways, animal therapy and incremental increases in responsibility

4. Achieving full potential and meaningful outcomes: including social work interventions and spiritual care

Our location

Young people talk about mental healthcare

In 2016 we released the short film ‘In Our Own Words’ - a unique, patient-centric insight into inpatient care within St Andrew’s Healthcare's CAMHS service.