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Our job is to promote emotional wellbeing and provide treatment to children and young people with mental health problems living in the London Borough of Richmond

Richmond Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  Richmond CAMHS offers assessment and treatment to children and young people with a range of moderate to severe mental health problems. Where appropriate a combination of approaches is used in line with the young person's needs and as agreed with the family through care planning.  This service is for children, young people under 18 and their families who have a Richmond GP.

Details for Richmond CAMHS

Conditions we treat

The CAMHS teams treat children and young people presenting with enduring and moderate to severe mental health disorders which impact significantly on daily functioning.

Richmond CAMHS is a Tier 3 service and offers assessment and treatment to children and young people with a range of moderate to severe mental health problems. Where appropriate a combination of approaches is used in line with the young person's needs and as agreed with the family through care planning.

This service is for children, young people under 18 and their families who have a Richmond GP.

Waiting Times

It can be difficult waiting for support after being referred to services. Whilst we do our best to see all Children and young people as soon as possible, our waiting times are longer that we would like. We are committed to providing open and clear information around current expected waiting times. The following table explains average waits, as well as number of people waiting and likely time you will wait from a referral to initial assessment. Please note these are average waits and therefore you may find yourself seen sooner or slightly longer than estimated. 

To support you during your wait we have provided some useful tools and information which you can use to support you during this time. These can be found under resources tab.

RTT (Referral to Treatment) - this is from the time we receive your referral to your second clinical appointment.

Average wait - this is taken from the average time people waited during the previous month. It is counted from the time you are added to the waiting list until the time you start your first therapy appointment.

Number of people waiting - this number is taken from the end of the previous month.


RTT  (Referral to Treatment) waits:

Team Name Average weeks wait Number of people waiting
Richmond CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA)  6.3  430
Richmond CAMHS Tier 3  8.0  93

 

Tier 3 Therapy Waits:

Tier 3 is also referred to as 'Getting More Help' and is for moderate to severe/complex mental health needs

Team Name Average weeks wait Number of people waiting
Tier 3 ADHD Medication review     39
Tier 3 Family Therapy  48.0  29
Tier 3 Individual Therapy   25.6  81
Tier 3 Psychiatry    12

What you can expect at Richmond CAMHS

The CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA) team screen all referrals to ensure that the child/young person is directed to the most appropriate service, including completing telephone screenings with the family and/or relevant professionals, or Face-to-Face assessments as deemed appropriate.   We cannot offer assessments for all referrals, so request that referrers please complete all referral questions on the form, including demographics and risk details.

The referral may be accepted to one of the South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust Tier 3 CAMHS services, or for the Emotional Health Service (Tier 2 CAMHS Services) within Achieving for Children. We also accept referrals on behalf of local youth counselling services and may signpost young people and their families to other local support services and resources.

Services offered include:

  • Assessment of moderate to severe mental health conditions, formulation/diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.
  • Safety risk assessment and risk management plans to support children and young people presenting with mental health difficulties
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Group Sessions
  • Family therapy
  • Psychoeducation and parent work
  • Medication advice, prescribing, and monitoring
  • Consultations and network meetings with other professionals

Referrals

Professionals, parents, carers and children and young people can make a referral to the CAMHS SPA.

All other professional referrers or parent/family to refer directly to our CAMHS SPA by downloading the referral form and emailing this into our Kingston & Richmond CAMHS SPA Referrals inbox: krcamhsreferrals@swlstg.nhs.uk

GP Practices should send referrals via the Electronic Referral Service (e-RS). 

If you would like to make an enquiry prior to making a referral you can call the CAMHS SPA on 020 8547 6171, 9am – 5pm on weekdays

If you are concerned that a child/young person may have an eating disorder, it is recommended to make a direct referral to the SWLSTG CAMHS Eating Disorder Service. 

Please note, if you are already open to one of our CAMHS services, please contact the appropriate team with any concerns or queries rather than make a new referral to CAMHS SPA.

The local services contact details are:

Tier 3 CAMHS

  • Kingston Family, Adolescent & Child Team (FACT): 0203 513 5183
    Richmond Child & Family Consultation Centre (CFCC): 0203 513 3238

Referrals for children and young people presenting for assessment of neurodevelopmental difficulties (ASD/ADHD) will be screened initially by the Kingston Single Point of Access (SPA) assessment team. If the SPA team find that the child or young person should undergo a more comprehensive assessment, they will refer on to the specialist Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service.

Referrals for children and young people presenting with eating difficulties will be screened initially by the Single Point of Access (SPA) assessment team. If the SPA team find that the child or young person should undergo a more comprehensive assessment, they will refer on to the specialist Children and Young People Community Eating Disorders Service.

Facilities at Richmond

Car parking
Disabled access

Where to find us

Richmond CAMHS, Child and Family Consultation Clinic
Barnes Hospital
Barnes
SW14 8SU

Telephone: 020 3513 3238

Our opening hours

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

If you, or your parent/carer is concerned about your deteriorating mental health, and you think you would benefit from crisis support, advice, and guidance, you can call:

0203 228 5980 (Monday - Friday: 5pm - 11pm) and (Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays: 9am - 11pm)

This help line is staffed by CAMHS Crisis Practitioners, to help you or the young person you're caring for through a period of crisis or significant distress