National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Deaf CAMHS)
London, Kent and Cambridge
Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) help Deaf Children and Young People who are experiencing mental health needs.
How we help
These services are provided in community locations as well as in our inpatient ward (Corner House) based at Springfield Hospital. The Community Services are part of the Deaf Children, Young People and Family Community Services whose remit is to provide highly specialised mental health care to Deaf Children and Young People (aged 0 to 18 years) and their families, and hearing Children and Young People of Deaf Adults in the community.
We work with specialist professionals and teams (such as those listed below) to provide you with the highest possible quality of care in British Sign Language so that you can achieve the best outcomes from the treatments we offer.
National Deaf CAMHS services
National Deaf Services provides a range of comprehensive mental health services for Deaf Children, Young People and their families.
We are committed to:
- the employment of Deaf Service Users and Carer involvement in all aspects of care
- respect and promotion of Deaf culture and British Sign Language
National Deaf CAMHS Outpatient (London, Kent and Cambridge)
This service provides highly specialised mental health care to Deaf Children and Young People (aged up to 18 years) and their families and to hearing Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) in the community. We also provide advice and consultation to local services that work with Deaf Children. We cover the Greater London region within the M25 and some parts of Surrey.
Everyone who uses our service first receives an initial assessment of their mental health needs, a communication profile and a plan of the care and support they will receive. This may include direct work with our service or signposting to other agencies for support. Young people and families receiving care from our service will have one named person who will coordinate their care and support. This person will be their main point of contact to discuss how their treatment is progressing. Treatment may take place in the clinic, at home, in schools or in another community location.
The service will work closely with families and all other professional involved in the Young Persons' life, as appropriate. The service has both Deaf and hearing staff. All staff have Deaf awareness and study British Sign Language (BSL). BSL interpreters are always available where required.
We cover the following conditions:
- Anxiety disorders in children https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/10
- Autism spectrum disorder https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/11
- Depression https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/18
- Psychotic episodes https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/33
- Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/37
- ADHD https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/44
- Learning disabilities https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/47
Children can be referred by anyone who has contact with the child (where the parent has given consent), such as a teacher, social worker, GP or the parents themselves.
We encourage telephone contact to discuss potential referrals.
Following this a referral form is completed and sent to the address at the top of the form.
National Deaf CAMHS London
61 Glenburnie Road,
London SW17 7DJ
Tel: 0203 513 6925
Text: 020 3513 6950
Fax: 020 3513 6461
SMS: 07879 420 453
National Deaf CAMHS Kent
South East Outreach Clinic
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
The Heathside Centre
Kent ME17 4AH
T: 01622 741881 Office Mobile: 07912 072078
National Deaf CAMHS Cambridge
South West London & St Georges NHS Trust
Tunbridge Lane (Next door to Bottisham GP Practice)
Cambridge CB25 9DU
Tel: 0203 513 5317