About the service
Care planning and treatment
Key relationships with other agencies
The service operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Extended hours are available but not fixed and are planned around clinical / carer needs at any point in time. Extended hours can include evenings, weekends and nights and are commissioned in both the North and South Tees LD CAMHS Teams. Services are located at:
North Durham LD CAMHS Team - Sniperley House, Earls House, Durham
South Durham LD CAMHS Team - The Acley Centre, Carer’s Way, off Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe
South Tees LD CAMHS Team - Flatts Lane Centre, Middlesbrough and West Lane Hospital, Middlesbrough
North Tees LD CAMHS Team - Wessex House, Falcon Court, Stockton
Short Stay LD CAMHS Units - Heathway, Seaham, County Durham; Piperknowle House, Stockton; 179 Normanby Road, Middlesbrough
Staff work out of designated locality bases across the geographical spread of the Trust. The majority of work will take place in community settings, in particular, special schools and family homes, as appropriate to the needs of the individual child / young person.
The service is multi-disciplinary and includes medical, psychology, nursing, administration and management time. Other disciplines such as occupational therapy are limited but available in some locality teams.
Teams will, wherever possible, have appropriate staffing establishments and skill mixes that provide a sufficient number of staff with the skills and competence to provide appropriate therapeutic care to children and young people. This includes routine access to medical support, sufficient numbers of experienced and qualified staff to provide clinical leadership, assessment, risk assessment and care planning.
The service continues to develop the range of specific psychological therapeutic approaches as outlined above (in particular cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, play therapy). These therapies are not available in every team, however, the service has developed a training plan to ensure that over time access to staff with specific skills in these areas becomes more equitable.
The service operates in accordance with a clear operational policy and pathways of care as these are developed and implemented. The service works with CORC to try to develop routine recording and analysis of outcome measures.
All staff are trained and competent to perform their roles and have access to suitable levels of clinical and management supervision, and appropriate professional development.