From 14 September 2020, Dorset HealthCare’s CAMHS Service will be introducing a new part of the service to help manage assessments and provide some brief lower level intervention for children and young people experiencing problems with their mental health. The service will act as the ‘front door’ of CAMHS and has been introduced to help reduce the wait time for assessments and treatments that young people can experience when accessing the service.
The service will be known as CAMHS Gateway and it will undertake all assessments for referrals sent through to CAMHS. As well as undertaking all assessments, the service will provide brief interventions for lower-level symptoms such as anxiety and depression. Interventions will be provided via a number of different routes including: one-to-ones, group work, webinars and computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (C-CBT). If patients need more help or have more moderate/severe symptoms, they will be transferred through from the Gateway to the regular CAMHS Teams.
Initially the service will be running only in the east of the county covering Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch GP surgeries. It is expected that next year the service will be rolled out across the rest of the county. In the meantime, for those within a Dorset GP, please continue to refer in the usual way.
Patients will still be able to access CAMHS via referral from their GP but all referrals will come through this new service.
As part of the role out of the new CAMHS Gateway, we will also be opening up the service for self-referral for young people aged 16-18 years old. Visit the Dorset HealthCare website to complete the self-referral form. This is a pilot for the East CAMHS Gateway Team. The CAMHS referral criteria will remain the same; however, this will be reviewed alongside the pilot during the first year of the service.
If you are over 18, please visit the Steps2Wellbeing website where you will find information about this service and how to access it.
For urgent mental health support, please call our Connection service which is open 24/7. Dorset residents or people visiting Dorset can call direct on 0300 123 5440 at local call rate or access via NHS 111 for free. More information on our Access Mental Services is available on the Dorset HealthCare website.