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Feedback about your experience of CAMHS services wanted

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in CAMHS, Mental health, News on 25th September, 2020

The South West Provider Collaborative (SWPC) would like the help of young people and parent carers with the development of a CAMHS participation strategy for the South West of England.

They are seeking feedback about your experience of CAMHS crisis on inpatient services

One of the things young people and their families say is that they would like higher quality treatment options, closer to home. As a result SWPC is designing and shaping better services across the South West, so that young people and their families can get the care and support they need closer to where they live.

The best way to make sure young people’s mental health is supported is to have their thoughts, feelings, ideas and opinions at the heart of the mental health services – especially intensive and specialist services.

SWPC consists of senior mental health leads, commissioners and decision makers and they have asked Exeter University’s participation team to work with young people to find out how they want to be involved in the design and running of these services.

You can get involved as much or as little as you like. You can support them in a variety of ways, for example, filling in a questionnaire, having a conversation with someone on the phone or over Zoom, attending a focus group, leading training sessions or getting involved with a participation group!

If you are a young person who has or is using CAMHS crisis or inpatient services, the team would like to speak to you about how you think specialist CAMHS services can best be designed and run. Your contribution is valued and you will be paid for your time.

If you would like to get involved please contact

About SWPC

Across England there is a programme to develop many of the commissioning responsibilities for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) inpatient and day patient services from NHS England to Provider Collaboratives. These are groups of organisations who provide CAMHS services coming together to understand what the mental health needs of regional populations are and then develop and commission clinical models and pathways to best meet these needs.

SWPC's strategic aims (to be confirmed in collaboration with children, young people and their carers) are as follows:

  • Children and young people receive the highest quality care 
  • Children and young people are treated as close to their homes as possible
  • Children and young people receive similar care wherever they are treated  
  • Children and young people can access the right level of care when they need it