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Published: 05 September 2017
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Waiting Times
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CAMHS in Scotland: Waiting Times, Service Demand & Workforce

ISD and NES are planning to merge Child and Adolescent Health Services (CAMHS) workforce, waiting times and benchmarking data in order to provide a fuller picture of CAMHS services in Scotland. Your input will help to inform the content of future releases of this information. To take part, please complete the Consultation by Tuesday 17 October 2017. A draft report featuring the merged data can be found here.

(Note: if you are using Chrome please first download the consultation form and save to allow you to submit)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health HEAT Target


Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMH) are used to embrace the range of services across agencies that contribute to the mental health and care of children and young people (and their families and carers). Practitioners who contribute to CAMH services include: psychiatric nurses, child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists (including child/analytical, systemic/family, cognitive behavioural), creative therapists (including art, music and drama), play therapists, liaison teachers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and dieticians.

Timely access to healthcare is a key measure of quality and that applies equally in respect of access to mental health services. Early action is more likely to result in full recovery and, in the case of children and young people, will also minimise the impact on other aspects of their development such as their education, so improving their wider social development outcomes.

Current Standard

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are subject to a target to deliver a maximum 26 week waiting time from a patient's referral to treatment for specialist CAMH services from March 2013, reducing to 18 weeks from December 2014.

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