CAMHS Referral

There is an emphasis in Bristol and South Gloucestershire on early intervention and prevention of the need for children and young people to be referred into the specialist CAMHS teams.

The CAMHS Teams use referral criteria, agreed with the joint commissioners, designed to improve easy access to CAMHS for those children and young people who need it most. At the same time making sure that other sources of help have been tried where appropriate.

All our CAMHS teams use a ‘choice and partnership’ system for managing waiting times and this means that, if a referral is accepted into CAMHS, then the wait time for a first appointment is short and takes only a matter of weeks.