New ‘one-stop-shop’ to get support from YPAS and Liverpool CAMHS

As well as accessing resources and information, advice and guidance to support mental health and emotional wellbeing, children young people, their families and professionals can now make a referral directly from the Liverpool CAMHS website.

A new online resource has been launched to help children, young people, parents and professionals to make referrals into partnership mental health services and get support from Liverpool CAMHS.

Alder Hey’s Innovation Team have worked closely with CAMHS partners, service users; children and young people & their families and mental health providers (across the NHS and 3rd sector) to develop the Liverpool CAMHS Platform that makes accessing the right mental health services much easier.

The new platform allows just one referral form linking a wide range of mental health services across Liverpool, who work in partnership together. Previously, the referral process has been long, complicated and difficult to navigate. It is the first time mental health services have been integrated in this way in the UK.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is a collection of NHS and voluntary sector organisations that provide a range of mental health support for children, young people and their families. As well as offering information, advice and guidance, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and intervention for young people who are experiencing problems with their emotions, behaviour or mental health, these partners also promote ways to develop positive mental health, including building resilience and training. This support covers a range of mental health difficulties including depression, eating disorders, self-harm, abuse, violence or anger, bipolar, schizophrenia and anxiety among many other difficulties.

Monique Collier CEO, Young Person’s Advisory Service (YPAS) said: “In Liverpool; we are very excited about the CAMHS referral platform as we are confident that it will improve the whole experience of seeking and accessing support from a mental health service, comprising of a range of CAMHS providers. The platform has ‘one front door’ with ‘one referral form’ that offers a range of services for children, young people, parents /carers and families. It intends to provide a seamless entry point that allows for the right service to provide the right interventions, at the right time by the right practitioner; that’s all it takes to avoid mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties to escalate and become unmanageable. Knock on the door – it’s the right door and the CAMHS partnerships will do the rest.”

To access the referral form page directly please visit: https://www.liverpoolcamhs.com/referral-form/

Take a look at the animated video below, explaining more about how to use the new platform: