West Lane Hospital



Tel. 01642 529720


About the service

The South of Tees learning disability child and adolescent mental health service (LD CAMHS) provides a range of specialist health services to children and young people, aged between 0-18 years, with a wide range of learning disabilities (mild, moderate and severe) and their families. In addition to their learning disability, the referred child or young person will be experiencing significant mental health problems or complex needs.

The team aims to:

  • Provide a multi-disciplinary assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic intervention for the child, young person and their family
  • Support the development of individual early intervention strategies across a spectrum of disabilities
  • Provide consultation, training and support to families and colleagues working within education, social services and other agencies.

A child or young person accessing the service may experience a range of difficulties and these may include: challenging behaviour, depression, anxieties, tics, autism, ADHD, sleep difficulties, parenting problems, developmental delay, toileting problems, attachment issues and relationship issues.

Treatments and therapies

A wide range of treatments and therapies may be offered, including:

  • Sleep Scotland
  • Mellow parenting
  • Incredible Years Webster Stratton
  • ASD assessment
  • ADHD assessment
  • Toileting assessment and intervention
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Play therapy
  • Behavioural assessment and intervention
  • Individual counselling
  • Emotional wellbeing groups. 

The learning disability child and adolescent mental health service team

South of Tees learning disability child and adolescent mental health service (LDCAMHS) is a multi-disciplinary team, which includes:

  • Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist
  • Community nurses
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Community support workers/associate practitioners
  • Primary mental health workers
  • Art psychotherapist
  • Clinical nurse specialist in challenging behaviour
  • Team manager
  • Administrative team.

How to access the service

Referrals to the service can be made by school, professionals or family via a referral form, by telephone or letter.

A family can ask a professional working within a health service (such as a GP), education (such as the child's teacher) or social services (such as a social worker) who knows the child or young person well to make a referral to the service. They will be asked to complete a referral form or write a letter which will help explain the child or young person's difficulties.

A family can also contact the service directly by calling the local team.

The service will usually contact the family within 10 working days of receiving this referral form and arrange an appointment to carry out an initial assessment. In most cases this will be offered at the child or young person's home. Following this, if it is felt the service can help with the needs identified, the service will remain involved with the family. The child or young person will have a lead professional, who will be the main point of contact for the family during the assessment.

Where consent is given, the referrer, GP, and other professionals involved with the child or young person's care, will be kept up to date with the involvement of the service and progress made.