Our job is to promote emotional wellbeing and provide treatment to children and young people with mental health needs living in the London Borough of Sutton
We provide mental health assessment and treatment for children and young people aged 5-18 and their families living in the London Borough of Sutton. Where appropriate, a combination of approaches is used in line with the young person's needs and as agreed with the family through care planning.
Depression Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Separation anxiety
Social anxiety Generalised anxiety
Panic Disorder Specific Phobias
Tic/Tourette Disorder Psychosis
Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / Trauma
Emotional and behavioural difficulties associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
A combination of evidence based disorder specific clinical interventions are delivered in line with the young person's needs and as agreed with the family through care planning. Interventions are time-limited, targeted and goal focused. Treatment progress is reviewed regularly, and we aim to facilitate smooth transition and discharge from the service.
Assessment of moderate to severe mental health conditions, formulation, diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.
Risk assessment and risk management plans to support children and young people presenting with mental health difficulties to support safety and optimal functioning.
Treatment and intervention, including:
- Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
- Family therapy
- Pharmacotherapy with advice and monitoring
- Consultations and network meetings with other professionals
- Bereavement counselling for children and young people
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills (DBTs)
- Guided self-help for anxiety (based on CBT model)
- Guided self-help for low mood (based on CBT model)
- Guided self-help for parents for anxiety (based on Cathy Creswell CBT model)
- Guided self-help for parents for behaviour difficulties (based on behaviour model)
- Workshops with parents, carers and young people
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Referrals for children presenting for assessment of neurodevelopmental difficulties (ASD / ADHD) will be screened initially in our assessment team based in the Sutton Single Point of Access. If threshold for diagnosis is met and reflected in the screening measures, you will be referred to either COGNUS or the the Trust's dedicated service for Neurodevelopmental difficulties so that a more comprehensive assessment can be undertaken.
- Referrals for children presenting with Eating Disorders will be screened initially in our assessment team based in the Sutton Single Point of Access. If threshold for diagnosis is met, a referral to the Trust's dedicated service for Eating Disorders will follow so that a more comprehensive assessment and treatment can be undertaken.
Referrals to Sutton CAMHS are currently accepted from professionals such as GPs, teachers, social workers, school nurses or any other health or educational professional if they feel there is a need for CAMHS services.
All referrals are received by an assessment team called the Single Point of Access (SPA).
Referral forms can be sent to the SPA via email to SuttonCAMHS.Referrals@swlstg.nhs.uk
Professionals can call the SPA team on 0203 513 3800 (option 1) prior to making a formal referral for an opinion regarding a particular child, young person or family with whom they are working.
The Single Point of Access staff can advise on:
- Whether Community CAMHS can help
- How to make a referral
- What information the service needs
- The timescale for being seen
- What support might be available pending the first appointment
The SPA team will screen all referrals and offer an appointment either face-to-face, online or via a telephone interview to determine the most suitable treatment options to address issues presented at the point of referral.
The SPA team will also send questionnaires about the young person in order for the team to gain more insight into the young person's circumstances.
When the SPA team have carried out the initial screening and assessment, the young person will be offered a relevant intervention option or signposted to the most useful service. This may include 'Getting More Help' from an identified clinician based at Sutton CAMHS, offering an evidence-based treatment (either individual or family therapy). In addition, the young person could be referred to another service within the borough that is best placed to meet the young person or family's needs (including voluntary sector services).
We are closely linked with the CAMHS Emergency Care Service (CECS) who assess young people presenting in crisis and we provide follow-up and on-going treatment as required.