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​​​Making progress in CAMHS​​

We are very pleased to report a significant improvement in waiting times for children and young people referred to South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM).  Previously patients were waiting for an average of 50 weeks for the Early Intervention Service in Lambeth but in Q2 of this financial year (July-September 2016) waiting times were down to an average of 15 weeks. Our target is 11 weeks and we continue to work to achieve that goal.  Lambeth does have a particularly high caseload for Early Intervention with 203 children and young people being seen during Q2.

Reviewing services

With a new focus on children and young people's mental health from NHS England, the CCG were able to ring fence funding for the transformation of CAMHS services in Lambeth over the next four years. We are working to move away from a crisis led model towards an early intervention and prevention model, supporting young people at an earlier stage to avoid them requiring crisis services and higher levels of treatment.

The Children's Integrated Commissioning Team is undertaking CAMHS service reviews to examine capacity, resources, care pathways, referral processes and partnership signposting. The findings of these reviews will inform future models of CAMHS and ways of working locally to improve outcomes for young people.  

Funding and partnership

The CCG is working closely with Lambeth Council, schools, and voluntary sector organisations to develop a wide range of interventions and services. Partnerships within the NHS and other organisations are a key part of our transformation and improvement programme.  We are engaging with the voluntary and community sector around our Tier 2 provision and have made small pots of funding available for projects and services to address emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Lambeth CCG has worked with the Children and Young People Health Partnership (CYPHP) to commission an Emotional Resilience programme in schools, up skilling teachers and school staff to deliver coping mechanisms and strategies to young people. The aim is to deliver to over 20 primary and secondary schools in Lambeth and Southwark in Year 1. The programme will start in schools who have expressed interest or who experience high levels of need, and will be rolled out following the pilot.

We are also working with CYPHP to improve health outcomes for Looked After Children (LAC) and to develop a Teen Health Check assessment for young people accessing support via a GP or The Well Centre in Streatham – a health hub for young people.


Our CAMHS Transformation Plans are being refreshed and will be submitted to NHS England next week. The updated plan will be posted on the CCG website​ alongside our Young Lambeth Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy.