The north Durham community team works across Durham, Derwentside and Chester-le-Street. They are based in three child and family centres at:

  • North End House, 42 North End, Durham, DH1 4LW (pictured)
  • 192 Medomsley Road, Consett, DH8 5HT
  • Chester-le-Street Health Centre, Newcastle Road, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3UR

Tel numbers:

  • Durham and Chester-le-Street: 0191 5945770
  • Derwentside: 01207 216400

About the service

The service provides assessment and treatment of children and young people (up to their 18th birthday) who may experience a range of emotional health, mental health and/or neuro-developmental problems, including ADHD.

The team also:

  • Gives advice, support and consultation for family members, carers and workers from health, social services and educational or voluntary services
  • Actively promotes positive emotional well-being and mental health in children and young people.

During the first direct (face to face) contact with a child, young person and family/carer the team will carry out an assessment of the individual's emotional/mental health and/or neuro-developmental difficulties.

Following this assessment, input, treatment or care packages are agreed. The type and length of these will be determined by the complexity and severity of the problem.

These may include a child or young person being seen individually, family work, family/carer support or group therapy. Examples of treatment and care packages may include:

  • Specialist assessments
  • Individual therapy
  • Child and adolescent psychotherapy
  • Family work
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Pharmacological therapy
  • Group work
  • Consultation, advice and support.

The team

The north Durham CAMHS team includes:

  • Medical secretaries and receptionists
  • Team manager
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Specialist clinicians
  • Qualified mental health workers
  • Clinical child psychologists
  • Specialist speech and language therapist
  • Assistant clinical psychologists
  • Child and adolescent psychotherapists
  • Consultant psychiatrists
  • Associate specialist medic
  • Specialty doctor
  • Advisory teachers in mental health
  • Associate practitioner
  • Support worker.

How to access the service

Anyone can refer to the service, with the consent of the identified young person or person with parental responsibility. Patients who do not want to self refer can be referred by a member of staff from health services, social services, education or a voluntary agency.

The child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) across County Durham and Darlington has a single point of access for referrals and self-referrals to CAMHS services. To contact the team please email tewv.camhscountydurhamdarlington@nhs.net or call 0300 1239296.

How the assessment process works

Initial assessment appointments usually last about 50 minutes and are held mainly within one of the child and family centre bases mentioned above, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

These appointments will help the team to gather enough information to make an informed decision as to the most appropriate way forward.

The service has set days and times for these initial appointments, but any follow up appointments are negotiated with the service user/carer to fit around arrangements of all concerned.

Car parking

  • Durham: There is limited car parking available on site.
  • Chester-le -Street: There is limited car parking available (you will need to register your car details with main reception) or there are pay and display facilities at the Civic Centre.
  • Derwentside: There is no identified parking spaces for the department. On street parking is available, but is limited due to being a residential area. The department is within short distance of local parking.

 

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