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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Skills for Health worked in partnership with the National CAMHS Workforce Programme (DH) to develop resources to support local CAMHS teams. The work of the Programme looked to ensure that children's psychological health and wellbeing services are effectively commissioned and provided by local services in England. 

What this means for the workforce
As a part of the Workforce Programme a range of tools and materials were developed nationally to support the ongoing development of services, teams and staff within CAMHS. 
Comprehensive workforce planning guidance is available on the CAMHS Workforce Hub.

Resources

Skills for Health has worked closely with the National CAMHS Workforce Programme to develop a CAMHS workforce that can tackle those challenges the service presents.
These products include Core Functions – CAMHS Tier 3 & 4 (specialist targeted services) – which can act as the building blocks for a wide variety of workforce development processes.  An evaluation document based on the experiences of three pilot sites who used the core functions is also available.

Developing a team approach for children
Skills for Health supported the development of a suite of resources Creating capable teams for children and young people, which is a team approach to support services for children and young people to improve quality and efficiency by exploring new, different and creative ways of working.

Capable Teams for Children and Young People(CTCYP): facilitators handbook
Provides facilitators with a structured framework to enable them to deliver CTCYP. Includes guidance notes, workshop plans and structured activities. CTCYP is a five step team development approach to support services for children and young people to improve quality and efficiency by introducing new, different and creative ways of working.

Capable Teams for Children and Young People (CTCYP): executive summary
Provides an overview of CTCYP in a question and answer format. CTCYP is a five step team development approach to support services for children and young people to improve quality and efficiency by introducing new, different and creative ways of working.

Capable Teams for Children and Young People (CTCYP): introductory leaflet
An easy-to-read introduction to Capable Teams for Children and Young People (CTCYP), a five step team development approach to support services for children and young people to improve quality and efficiency by introducing new, different and creative ways of working.

A CD ROM based induction package has been developed by Skills for Health CAMHS in Context.  This package is underpinned by the Core functions. To obtain a copy please contact: Barry Nixon barry.nixon@olsenhouseschool.co.uk

National Occupational Standards
There are a series of competences to describe what individuals working in CAMHS services need to do, what they need to know and which skills they need in order to carry out an activity.

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