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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) help young people who are experiencing mental health needs.

These services are provided in a range of community locations across five London Boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth, as well as in our Inpatient wards (Aquarius, Wisteria and Corner House) based at Springfield Hospital.


We provide specialist NHS Mental Health services for Children, Young People, Parents and Carers

CAMHS can help with a range of difficulties and needs, including: 

  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessions or Compulsions
  • Diagnosis of Neurodevelopmental Conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder/Condition (ASD/ASC)
  • Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following exposure to traumatic events

CAMHS can also diagnose and treat serious mental health problems such as:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
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What can you expect at CAMHS?

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) help Children and Young People who are experiencing mental health issues. Our services can be found in  our services can be found in schools, local community clinics or at our main site at Spring University Hospital.

When you come to your first CAMHS appointment you may feel nervous about meeting new people and talking about any difficulties and it's common for people to feel this way at their first appointment.  We will do our best to make you feel comfortable, to move at a pace that suits you and to answer any questions you may have.

During your first appointment we may ask you about your family history and background, how long you have had been having difficulties, as well as information about your strengths and the things you enjoy. We may ask you to fill in some questionnaires. The information you provide will help us to think about which service will be best placed to meet your needs.

Most young people find that talking and trying out different solutions to their problems helps them. Some young people also need medication. Coming to CAMHS does not mean you're 'mental', 'strange' or different'. In fact, 1 in 10 young people has a diagnosable mental health disorder and 1 in 4 people overall in the UK struggles with poor mental health.

What is CAMHS?

CAMHS is the name for the services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health needs.

CAMHS support covers a wide range of conditions and needs.

CAMHS is a safe place where we can work together to try and understand what it is happening with you, and how to help you to be make the most of your adolescence.

All CAMHS clinicians have had specialist training in assessment, formulation and intervention that mean they can work with Children, Young People and their families who present with mental health difficulties.

We work as a team and with you we can work out the best way to help you to feel better.

Who works at CAMHS?

In our community CAMHS services we have Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Systemic Family Therapists, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists. Many of our clinical staff have additional training in therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Across our school services we have Psychologists, Education or Child Wellbeing Practitioners and some Allied Health Professionals including Occupational Therapists and Art Therapists.

Across our inpatient units we have CAMHS clinicians such as Mental Health Nurses, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Family Therapists as well as Dieticians and Allied Health Professionals such as Occupational Therapists and Art Therapists.


Want to join one of our CAMHS teams? View our vacancies across the Trust and get in touch if you would like to discuss a vacancy within our services and what the Trust can offer you! Vacancies (



Clinical Director

Dr Diana Cassell - Clinical Director Child and Adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and All Age Eating Disorders (ED)

Head of CAMHS Psychology and Psychotherapies

Dr Rachel Tucker - Head of Psychology & Psychotherapy - Child and Adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and All Age Eating Disorders (ED)

Images created by young people using the CAMHS services

Duty / Crisis line for Young People and Families

Mon Fri: 5pm 10pm Weekends: 9am 9pm

SLP CAMHS Crisis Line

Telephone: 0203 228 5980

Monday to Friday 5pm-10pm. Saturday to Sunday 9am to 10pm. For all other times please contact the Oxleas Urgent Advice line on 0800 330 8590.

SWLSTG Mental Health Support

Telephone: 0800 028 8000

If you live in any of the five of our London boroughs: Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth and you need mental health support in a crisis you can call our 24/7


If you need urgent/ life threatening medical attention' call 999 or attend your local A&E



Local borough CAMHS/SPA for Young People and Professionals

All local borough CAMHS/ SPA for all Young People and Professionals lines are open:

Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm (Excluding Bank Holidays)

Sutton SPA/T3

Telephone: 0203 513 3800

Jubilee Health Centre
East 6 Stanley Park Road

Merton SPA/T3

Telephone: 0800 292 2505

Birches House
Birches Close
Cricket Green

Wandsworth SPA/T3

Telephone: 0203 513 5000
Trinity Building,Springfield University Hospital
15 Springfield Drive
SW17 0WF


Richmond & Kingston SPA/T3

Telephone: 0208 547 6171

We offer treatment and assessment via face to face, online consultation and telephone (or a combination of these).

All visitors to must comply with handwashing, social distancing and infection control instructions to protect other visitors, patients and staff.

  • Visiting is allowed in some wards
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  • Visits must be booked in advance with the ward
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Thinking of returning to nursing? Your skills and experience are needed more than ever before, and there has never been a better time to return to nursing and it is easier than you might think.

The Return to Practice Programme

The Return to Practice Programme prepares you for re-entry into the professional register and is an essential requirement for returning to nursing and regaining registration. The programme will refresh your skills, leaving you ready to return to nursing with confidence. It involves a combination of classroom and placement-based learning, so you can get stuck in right from the start.

Watch this short video "Once a nurse, always a nurse", where returners Sharon, Damian and Gertrude speak about their journeys back to nursing.

The Return to Practice programme offers nurses with a lapsed registration an opportunity to become active again on the NMC register with a view that this will lead to employment as a registered nurse. Please read this guide to help you understand the programme.

Watch We Are Returning Nurses (Bridget's story)

How to apply

Led by supportive tutors, assessors and supervisors, there are 4 University programmes available across London, all created to refresh your nursing skills so that you’re ready to return to practice. Please click on the links below to be taken to the University websites to find out more about the programmes and how to apply:

Here at Southwest London & St George’s Mental Health Trust we offer placements at our Springfield and Tolworth Hospital sites, and you will be supported in your placements to achieve all the required proficiencies.

If you are looking to return to a Mental Health Nursing or Learning Disability Nursing, please contact the University to ensure they offer the programme you require.

Financial support for your studies   

You won’t just be emotionally supported; you’ll be financially supported too. NHS Health Education England (HEE) will provide funding towards your course fees. You’ll also either be given a bursary to help cover any childcare, travel, and book costs, or you will be paid a salary, depending on the route you take to return. 

Key Contacts

If you would like to find out more information about returning to practice, please email:

South West London Return to Practice Lead:

 The student experience team at Southwest London & St George’s Mental Health Trust:   


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The Trust along with all NHS providers and primary care services within South West London prescribe in line with the South West London  (SWL) Joint Medicines Formulary. The SWL formulary aims to recommend clinically effective, safe and economic medicines for use in both primary and secondary care. A joint formulary across both primary and secondary care supports prescribing across the hospital and primary care interface, to ensure consistency in prescribing and continuity in patient care.

For full details about which medicines are approved for use please see the South West London Joint Medicines Formulary. This is used with other resources, such as the British National Formulary, product summaries, and prescribing guidelines, to ensure the safe and appropriate prescribing of medicines.

How medicines are approved

The Medicines Formulary is approved by a Joint Formulary Committee (JFC), which meets monthly. The JFC manages the introduction of new medicines across SWL.

The SWL JFC is made up of representatives from:

  • Croydon University Hospital
  • Epsom & St Helier Hospital
  • Kingston Hospital
  • St Georges hospital
  • SWL & St Georges Mental health trust
  • South West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Its members include Consultants, GPs and pharmacists.

Medicines recommended in a technology appraisal for use by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) are automatically included. Proposals to include other medicines require a consultant medical or non-medical prescriber, employed on a permanent basis in a SWL provider organisation within the Integrated Care Service (ICS), or clinicians working as part of a SWL clinical network to make an application for the medicine to be considered.

Use of medicines outside the formulary

On occasion it may be suitable for a medicine to be prescribed which is not on the formulary.

Each Trust has a non-formulary application process which clinicians can use if they consider a non-formulary medicine to be the only suitable option for an individual where formulary medicines have been exhausted or are contra-indicated.

All non-formulary requests will be reviewed and assessed on an individual basis.

Where a non-formulary medication has been approved for use it may be appropriate for this to be prescribed in primary care under an individual care plan once the patient has been stabilised.


Our digital vision

In 2022 the Trust be launching our new 5 Year Digital Strategy, which will shape the direction of transformation for the Trust. The key theme of the Digital Strategy is digital inclusivity and codesign - so we need you to support us in outlining the key priorities and digital ambitions of the Trust and address the ways in which they can be achieved.

What do we mean by ‘digital?’ 

When we talk about Digital, we are referring to the various elements of technology that might be used to make your experience of using our services better. An example of this can range from video consultations to online appointment-bookings to mobile apps.

Our scope is broad, and your experience of digital may be different to that of your colleagues. For instance, you might have views on how we can manage our data better, or alternatively you might have views on the latest clinical systems, and we are keen to hear all aspects as we look to capture vital insights that will enable us to harness the power of digital to improve patient and staff experience across the Trust.

We are keen to capture the views of our colleagues so that the strategy codesigned with staff, stakeholders and service users.

A survey for service users, carers and residents can be found here – please do share these accordingly.

In addition to this survey, as the Strategy emerges, we will be keeping communication channels open and continuing to engage across the organisation, so there will be further opportunities for you to contribute to the Digital Strategy and direction of travel for the Trust.


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