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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Northampton

Enabling young people to live well and to their full potential

As a charity, St Andrew’s is committed to achieving positive outcomes for young people and value for money for our commissioning partners. This means focusing on active rehabilitation, constantly working towards reducing length of stay and, where possible, facilitating a young person’s return to their family home or home area.

To achieve this, St Andrew’s is proud to become the first mental healthcare provider to implement a Value Based Healthcare system across its organisation. This has seen the introduction of 15 clinically-led Integrated Practice Units (IPUs). The aim of these IPUs is to deliver more effective care by aligning resource and specialisms to young people with similar clinical needs.

The research below was conducted across our Tier 4 child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). It looks at some of these outcome measures, including self-harm, aggressive episodes, restraints, seclusions, length of stay and discharge destinations with the aim of reviewing the effectiveness that specialised intervention, delivered at St Andrew’s FitzRoy House has on the young people we provide care for. The data has the ultimate aim of improving care, helping more young people to achieve sustainable recoveries and return home as quickly as possible.

Introduction

 St Andrew’s recognise the importance of national healthcare agenda’s such as Care Closer to Home (CC2H) and Transforming Care (TCP) and the impact that receiving specialist care away from family and ‘home’ has on a young person. Our focus as a Charity is to improve the effectiveness of our clinical interventions, to deliver better outcomes for young people, enabling them to live well and to their full potential.

In our Tier 4 child and adolescent mental health services there aretwo individual IPUs consisting of CAMHS Developmental Disorders, supporting young people with Learning Disability (LD) and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and CAMHS Mental Illness for young people with mental illness and emerging personality disorders. All our CAMHS are based at FitzRoy House in Northampton.

Since 2016 our CAMHS have successfully discharged over 175 young people with an average length of stay of 7months. Over HALF returned home or to community accommodation in their home area.

Comments/Feedback

To discuss our clinical methods within our CAMHS please contact the following people:

Anne McLean

Clinical Lead and Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist – CAMHS Developmental Disorders

[email protected]

Dr Charlotte Staniforth

Clinical Lead and Chartered Clinical Psychologist – CAMHS Mental Illness

[email protected]

Conclusion

St Andrew’s is committed to achieving positive outcomes for young people and value for money for our commissioning partners. Working in partnership with the NHS we support the most complex, challenging patients.

The information presented here shows that the experience and expert intervention used across our CAMHS are helping to deliver some outstanding outcomes for young people, helping them to live well and to their full potential with their mental illness.

The introduction of a Value Based Healthcare system across the charity will emphasise this focus, continually improving clinical practices and interventions that meet the individualised needs of our young people.

Supporting the Care Closer to Home agenda, our CAMHS consistently work with local teams to support young people to return home to their families, where appropriate. This is an important step to achieve sustained recovery for young people and one we will continue to improve with our NHS and community partners.

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