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National Benchmarking Project

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Benchmarking

The main objective of the CAMHS Benchmarking Balanced Scorecard is to support efforts aimed at closing the gap between stakeholder aspirations and the outputs of specialist CAMH providers across Scotland. It will act as a lever, as a barometer of success and as a mechanism for ensuring enhanced quality, accountability and transparency. It is also a key component of the Scottish Government's commitment to Child and Adult Mental Health as outlined in the Mental Health Strategy for Scotland: 2012-2015

CAMHS Benchmarking Balanced Scorecard

The balanced scorecard is structured to provide a balanced view of the service incorporating the aims of the Quality Strategy domains within the following performance themes: Client/Patient Focus, Delivering Best Practice, Internal Processes and Best Use of Resources. It achieves this by taking a range of information on waiting times for young people receiving mental health services, the workforce employed to provide those services, hospital activity and several other contextual measures. The balanced scorecard comprises of a detailed set of data tables in the CAMHS toolkit and an interactive comparative dashboard.

Click the following links to access the latest releases of the CAMHS benchmarking toolkit and dashboard including data up to December 2016.

CAMHS Benchmarking Toolkit 2016/17 Download Excel file [1.3 Mb]

CAMHS Benchmarking Dashboard 2015/16

CAMHS Benchmarking Tier 4 Activity

Additional benchmarking management information on CAMHS Tier 4 activity is available to NHS Boards and Scottish Government colleagues from the link below:

Log in to CAMHs Tier 4 Activity

Tier 4 is defined as CAMHS specialist services for children and young people with severe complex mental health disorders such as day units, highly specialised outpatient teams and inpatient units.

If you would like access to the CAMHS Tier 4 Data or require further inforrmation, please contact


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