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Council’s Family Information Service scoops national award

West Early Intervention in Psychosis (ElIP) support group

Early Intervention in Psychosis Conference (Surrey and NE Hants EIIP)

CAMHS advisory line for professionals

Safe parents, safe babies

Early Invention in Psychosis needs your votes to launch app

Transitions

Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) approach for schools

Specialist CAMHS lowdown

No Labels
news from CYA
This summer, CYA (CAMHS Youth Advisors) have been busier than ever. Read on to find out more...
Feeling Good Week competition winners announced
A record-breaking 430 artwork competition entries were received from school children during CAMHS Feeling Good Week.

A record-breaking 430 artwork competition entries were received from school children during CAMHS Feeling Good Week. School children from 25 schools around Surrey submitted their entries including a variety of paintings, music, videos and paper maché models centered around the theme 'me and my world'.

 

Cllr Mary Angell helped to pick out the winners from the four age categories. Kavina Oakley and Polly Virgoe from Stoughton Infant School, Chloe Brock from Danetree Junior School, Lucy West from St Bedes Junior School and Abby Law from The Matthew Arnold School, were the overall winners and each won a family ticket to Chessington World of Adventures. Four runners-up received a pair of tickets to the theme park. To see some of their entries, visit the Surrey Matters Facebook page.

 

We hope to see the children and their families at the awards ceremony at The Lightbox in Woking, on Monday 17 October, where they will be awarded their certificates and their artwork will be showcased.
This summer, CYA (CAMHS Youth Advisors) have been busier than ever. Read on to find out more...
This summer, CYA (CAMHS Youth Advisors) have been busier than ever.

CYA members took part in a four-week summer programme to get young people involved in their local community. During the month, young people attended one-week residential trips and workshops where they created fundraising ideas for various charities to help make a difference in their communities.

 

CYA give young people a say on CAMHS services. Recently members have contributed to the Tier 4 consultation, delivering Upload training for Youth Workers and suggesting names for post-sexual abuse service. Members have also carried on improving clinics in Surrey and this time it was the turn of St Peters, Redhill and Dorking to get makeovers.

 

CYA online and in print

CYA has been working in partnership with Eagle Radio to record podcasts, which aim to give young people information about mental health in a simple and friendly way. The first two topics include Bi-polar and self-harm, the third one will be talking about anxiety. You can listen to them on the CYA section of the CAMHS website.

 

The third edition of the Our Voice magazine has also been developed with the help of young people at HOPE Epsom and Guildford, who authored all the content. It will be avaloable on the CAMHS website soon.

 

Spooky speed meeting

CYA would like to announce their Halloween event, which will be on Saturday 22 October 2011, Lintons Youth Art Centre, Epsom. It will be a great opportunity for young people of all ages to get to know each other and to get a masterclass in gory special effects make-up. If you are a professional and know a young person who would enjoy this event, email Charlotte Williams, CAMHS Participation and Rights Officer.

Free resource for children whose parents drink too much
Council’s Family Information Service scoops national award
The Surrey Family Information Service has been awarded the Families First Quality Award from UK charity National Association of Families Information Service (NAFIS).

The Surrey Family Information Service has been awarded the Families First Quality Award from UK charity National Association of Families Information Service (NAFIS).

 

The award highlights the service’s work in supporting families with young people and with carers.

 

Mary Angell, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “This national recognition is fantastic news. Our staff deserve praise for ensuring we are being highlighted to our peers and the public as an example of best practice.”

 

In a letter to the council confirming the award, the Chair of NAFIS, Carole Barnes, praised the “continuing high quality service provided to parents and professionals”.

 

Surrey’s Family Information Service deals with around 300 enquiries a month, and provides information on childcare, support with childcare costs, legal advice on parents’ rights and entitlements and advice on behavioural issues. The service signposts users to hundreds of resources offering specialised help and support.

 

Find more information and how to contact the Family Information Service.

 

West Early Intervention in Psychosis (ElIP) support group
West EIIP has run the first Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) group.

West EIIP has run the first Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) group.

 

The group allows people to reflect back on their illness and identify actions that could prevent relapses in the future. Its aim is to empower clients to take control of their own mental health.

 

How it works: the client complies the plan and care coordinators, psychiatrists, friends and family sign it to show they support it.

 

It can also be useful when clients move between services as it provides a snapshot of what the person is like when they are well, their triggers and early warning signs, any preferences in treatments and post-crisis planning. 

 

The first group was aimed at EIIP clients who are starting university as they will be moving away from home, however, there are plans to offer the service to all clients leaving EIIP in the future.

Early Intervention in Psychosis Conference (Surrey and NE Hants EIIP)
In June, over 100 health and social care staff and young people who use EIIP attended the first Proactive Intervention to Enhance Recovery (PIER) conference.

In June, over 100 health and social care staff and young people who use EIIP attended the first Proactive Intervention to Enhance Recovery (PIER) conference.

 

Two service users gave first-hand accounts of their experiences and professionals discussed topics from supporting service users to take their medication, to the best ways of communicating with people who have psychosis.

 

Attendees shared their thoughts on the conference in a video on YouTube.  

 

The event’s success has sparked plans for a second conference next year.

 

CAMHS advisory line for professionals
Did you know if you work with children and young people in Surrey, you can get in contact with a PMHW (Primary Mental Health Worker) for advice and support?

Did you know if you are a frontline professional, work in a school or simply a role with regular contact with children, you can get in contact with a PMHW (Primary Mental Health Worker) for advice and support?

 

If you need to use this service, call the appropriate number below and leave a message. The service works on a callback system and a PMHW will phone you back as soon as possible.

 

Area of Surrey

Telephone number

West Surrey (Guildford,  Waverley,  Surrey Heath, Woking and Runnymede)

01483 783344

East Surrey (North East Surrey (Spelthorne, Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell)

 

01784 884817

South East Surrey (Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge)

01737 287002

Safe parents, safe babies
Surrey PIMH (Parent Infant Mental Health) is holding a conference in November which will look at parents who have a high risk of neglecting and abusing their babies and how professionals can help to initiate change.

Surrey PIMH (Parent Infant Mental Health) is holding a conference in November which will look at parents who have a high risk of neglecting and abusing their babies and how professionals can help to initiate change.

 

The ‘Parental Reflective Function’ will be explored and shown why it is a key component to give better outcomes for the children of parents with complex needs.

 

The conference will be chaired by Phil Osborne, Head of Early Years and Childcare Services at Surrey County Council and opening address by Caroline Budden, Assistant Director of Children's Services and Safeguarding. They will also be joined by Professor Shemmings, an established researcher in child protection.

 

Those who might find it useful are: early years workers, mental health workers, midwives, health visitors, substance misuse workers, domestic abuse officers, police, probation officers and social workers.

 

Find out more information about the Safe parents, safe babies conference in the events section.
Early Invention in Psychosis needs your votes to launch app
North East Hampshire and Surrey Heath Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIIP) service are working on the first EIIP mobile phone app.

North East Hampshire and Surrey Heath Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIIP) service are working on the first EIIP mobile phone app.

 

The app will allow EIIP users and those who may think they need help with their mental health to access information about mental health and psychosis, a symptom and behaviour checker and a medicine and appointment reminder system.

 

The idea for the app is currently on the ideascale section of the Department of Health website and has over 50 votes in favour of the app so far. Register your vote.

 

EIIP hope to launch the app later this year.

Transitions
‘Transitions’ is a new campaign run by Young Minds.

‘Transitions’ is a new campaign run by Young Minds.

 

Its aim is to shorten the delay of the crossover between CAMHS and AMHS (Adult Mental Health Services), so users who have come to the end of CAMHS who still need support are not left waiting for the help they need.

 

You can find more about the campaign on the Young Minds website.

Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) approach for schools
Following a successful pilot in Reigate, Redhill and Merstham last year, the TaMHS approach continues in Surrey, in partnership with CAMHS, Schools and Learning and Babcock4S.

Following a successful pilot in Reigate, Redhill and Merstham last year, the TaMHS approach continues in Surrey, in partnership with CAMHS, Schools and Learning and Babcock4S.

 

The TaMHS approach aims to skill up school staff to support of pupils with emerging mental health and emotional needs and to provide access to advice from a mental health professional. Core training packages focus on raising mental health awareness and attachment will be offered to schools via borough-based Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHW). Four experienced practitioners (one to work with each PMHW sector team) have been appointed to support the delivery of the TaMHS approach.

 

If your school is interested in finding out more email Amanda.burrows@babcock.co.uk.

Specialist CAMHS lowdown

Care Programme Approach

This system has now been introduced to CYPS services, meaning all service users will be allocated a care co-ordinator, have their care discussed with the clinician and have a peronsalised care plan. The system is inclusive of the user, so post assessment, they will receive their own copy of the plan. The implementation of the CPA is monitored by the Sector Manager and General Manager, and staff across CAMHS have received training on applying the scheme.

 

Quality Network for Community CAMHS (QNCC)

These are new and revised service standards for Community CAMHS which bring together and update the earlier standards developed by QNCC for both generic CAMHS and LD CAMHS. For the first time they include standards for Crisis and Intensive Services.

 

Since QNCC first published service standards in 2006 there have been many positive changes in the delivery of child and adolescent mental health services at national and local level. Some of this reflects the priority placed on services to demonstrate improvement in provision, in particular for many of the vulnerable groups who otherwise may miss out.

 

By bringing together generic and LD CAMHS these revised standards highlight the expectation that services for vulnerable groups should now be part of and meet the requirements of mainstream CAMHS.

 

These standards have been developed in partnership with young people and deliver on the expectation that participation is part of every service. The growing national user movement for CAMHS has given young people a voice, increasingly they are heard at every level and altering the way CAMHS services are planned and provided.

 

It is hoped the QNCC will continue to go from strength to strength and in many ways leads the quality agenda for CAMHS across the UK.

 

Annual peer review of CAMHS has become essential in providing clinicians, managers, commissioners and partner agencies the opportunity to take time out to reflect, identify strengths and weaknesses in current service and to listen and learn from others.

 

There are tough economic times ahead however, the recognition of the need for high quality, evidence-based and outcome driven child and adolescent mental health services has never been more evident (No Health Without Mental Health 2011). These new standards will support CAMHS to maintain and improve services over the challenging years to come. 

 

SABP have agreed to have a review completed this year for the North West Sector and the South Sector CAMHS. Other sectors will participate in the review in the coming years.   

No Labels
No Labels is a joint initiative between the YDS and the CAMHS Social Work Service.

Previously known as No Barriers, it is hoped that No Labels will be able to continue after the Youth Development Service (YDS) restructure.

 

Recently, No Labels has joined up with CYA (CAMHS Youth Advisors), who  helped to create a new logo and a leaflet to explain the work the service does. The leaflet will be available from the CAMHS referral clinics listed below.

 

Do you have someone you would like to refer?

 

The only way to refer to No Labels is through the CAMHS Social Work Service. The team will identify young people who would benefit from No Labels, and if they meet the criteria they are accepted and allocated a youth worker. The clinics we can accept referrals from are: St Peter’s CAMHS Clinic, Frimley Children’s Centre CAMHS and as of recently Dorking CAMHS Clinic.

 

If you would like to know more about No Labels, the newsletter goes out monthly. Email amy.alexander@surreycc.gov.uk to be added to the distribution list.

Free resource for children whose parents drink too much
The Children’s Society has produced a free online resource to help children cope with a parent who is drinking too much alcohol. The booklet is called ‘You are not on your own’ and is available to read on The Children’s Society website.
Win £1,000 of sports equipment

The Change4Life campaign is running a competition throughout September offering primary schools across the UK the chance to win £1,000 of sports equipment. The campaign aims to get people healthy, active and feeling good about themselves. You can find out more on the Change4Life website.

Schools ‘Get Set’ for London 2012

The Get Set Network is the London 2012 Olympic education network. The network can provide you with resources and opportunities to get your school, college or children’s centre involved in the Olympic Games, including visits to the Olympic Park in east London.

 

Over 50 schools in Surrey have already signed up and you can see examples of how they have used their Get Set membership on Surrey’s Olympic website. Find out more about joining the network.
Emotion Gym

NHS Surrey First Steps are running a series of educational talks on different aspects of emotional well-being, such as coping with anger, depression, anxiety, or work-related stress, and how to improve low self-esteem or assertiveness. Each talk runs for two hours in the evening and there's no need to register in advance. 

 

Find out when the next Emotion Gym is running on the First Steps website.

Adolescent health in the UK today: where next?

This paper has been produced by the Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH) and ChiMat and looks at:

  • Why does adolescent health matter?
  • Key trends in adolescent health
  • Main policy themes of the last decade
  • Issues for service delivery relating to adolescent health
  • Suggestions and recommendations
You can read the report on the ChiMat website.
Long distance supervision
Taken from the August edition of Context the Family Therapy Journal, this article describes systemic approaches to supervision using phone and video conference sessions as an alternative to face-to-face supervision. The article discusses the benefits and constraints of long distance supervision from the positions of supervisor and supervisee. If you would like a copy contact mike.oconnor@sabp.nhs.uk.
Useful resource for PSHE teachers
DirectGov has a handy section for young people and teachers to use in PSHE lessons. They cover housing issues, managing money, how people can be affected by crime and advice for young disabled people.
Thinkuknow - CEOP
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) runs Thinkuknow, which includes a section for teachers packed with resources, lesson plans and short films, covering everything from preventing grooming by child sex offenders to cyberbullying.
Everybody’s Business Training – two day course

Essential child and adolescent mental health awareness training for staff and volunteers who work directly with children and young people.

 

This free two day course is taking place across the county:

 

Woodhatch Centre, Reigate

 

11/18 October 2011, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Ridgewood Centre, Camberley

 

16/23 January 2012, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Medwyn Surgery, Dorking

3/10 February 2012, 9.30am – 4.30pm

SCH Staff Development Centre, Chertsey

12/19 March 2012, 9.30am – 4.30pm

 

To book a place fill in the form below and email it to surreyjointtraining@surreypct.nhs.uk.

 

Booking Form 2011-12

Foundation course in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

The course offers multi-disciplinary training in the concepts and skills that come from Systemic Family Therapy. The course is suitable for practitioners and managers working in education, health and social care settings and is accredited by the UK Association of Family Therapy. It will start in October 2011.

 

Please contact Katie Ship, Course Co-ordinator on 07815 588798 or email ftfoundationcourse@gmail.com.

Association for Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health Workers 12th National Conference and AGM

When: 3 and 4 November

 

Where: The De Vere Hotel, Blackpool (inc. AGM and Conference Dinner on the 3 Nov)

 

Theme: ‘Early Years and Toolkits for Training.’

 

For more information or to book a place email Jo Edgar at pmhw.admin@tiscali.co.uk.

PIMH Safe parents, safe babies conference

When: 23 November

 

Where: The Manor House, Newlands Corner, Guildford GU4 8SE

 

Parents thought to be at high risk of abuse or neglect of their babies often have complex needs that require a significant level of professional resources. To ensure interventions achieve best outcomes, families need to demonstrate some capacity for change.

 

Drawing on research and clinical work this conference will highlight why ‘Parental Reflective Function’ is a key component in assessing capacity for change. 

 

To book your place email sandra.hayes@surreypct.nhs.uk by 14 October.

Upload training

When: 17 February and 11 April 2012, Learning and Development Suite, Epsom and 4 June and 23 July 2012, Geesemere Barn, Chertsey.

 

These one and a half day Upload training courses will take participants on a learning journey through the eyes of a service user.

 

For further information you can contact Charlotte Williams, CAMHS Rights and Participation Officer email charlotte.Williams@surreycc.gov.uk or phone 07896 248 244.

Free CEOP Thinkuknow training course

This free training course gives professionals the skills to deliver the Thinkuknow programme. It also covers what young people are using in the social media world and the issues they face online. It is suitable for anyone working with young people, teachers, social workers, youth workers and police officers.

 

Find out more about CEOP training.

Hello to

Inbar Sagiv, Senior Social Worker at NE CAMHS.

 

Alison Johnson, Team Administrator based at east Elmbridge.

 

ED CYPS has welcomed Rupert Taverner, Family Therapist and Charlie Fancy CNS.

 

Epsom CAMHS has welcomed Dr Marco Mura, Specailty Doctor, Dr Vimal Mannali, CT3 and Dr. Nima Minaleffler.

 

Natalie Keens who will be with CYA for a placement.

 

Dr Aaron Vallance Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Buryfields.

 

Natasha Dean and Rachel Emsley, Post Sexual Abuse Workers.

 

Jo Lynch, General Manager C&YPS Specialist Services.

 

Welcome to our new Honorary Assistant PMHWs from Surrey University: Chelsea Fisher, Pip Hunt and Hannah Bretton.
Goodbye to

Dr Louise Kuhn from Epsom CAMHS.

 

Emma Impey and Hannes Lloret who are leaving EIiP West.

 

Dionne Price, Team Administration at Epsom CAMHS.

 

Katja Pinto, Locum PMHW NW.

 

Tinei Bzhuwau CAMHS Children in Care Team.

 

Thank you to all our Honorary Assistant PMHWs: Leanne Bannister, Charlotte Grey, Katharine Strange and Stephanie Rennie, who return to The University of Surrey for the final year of their Psychology degree. 

 

Dr Robin Basu Consultant Psychiatrist retired at the end of August. Dr Basu has worked as the Consultant Psychiatrist for the Epsom CAMHS Team since 1981. All his colleagues at Epsom would like to thank him for all his support and contribution to the team and wish him a long and happy retirement.
Specialist CAMHS lowdown

Care Programme Approach

This system has now been introduced to CYPS services, meaning all service users will be allocated a care co-ordinator, have their care discussed with the clinician and have a peronsalised care plan. The system is inclusive of the user, so post assessment, they will receive their own copy of the plan. The implementation of the CPA is monitored by the Sector Manager and General Manager, and staff across CAMHS have received training on applying the scheme.

 

Quality Network for Community CAMHS (QNCC)

These are new and revised service standards for Community CAMHS which bring together and update the earlier standards developed by QNCC for both generic CAMHS and LD CAMHS. For the first time they include standards for Crisis and Intensive Services.

 

Since QNCC first published service standards in 2006 there have been many positive changes in the delivery of child and adolescent mental health services at national and local level. Some of this reflects the priority placed on services to demonstrate improvement in provision, in particular for many of the vulnerable groups who otherwise may miss out.

 

By bringing together generic and LD CAMHS these revised standards highlight the expectation that services for vulnerable groups should now be part of and meet the requirements of mainstream CAMHS.

 

These standards have been developed in partnership with young people and deliver on the expectation that participation is part of every service. The growing national user movement for CAMHS has given young people a voice, increasingly they are heard at every level and altering the way CAMHS services are planned and provided.

 

It is hoped the QNCC will continue to go from strength to strength and in many ways leads the quality agenda for CAMHS across the UK.

 

Annual peer review of CAMHS has become essential in providing clinicians, managers, commissioners and partner agencies the opportunity to take time out to reflect, identify strengths and weaknesses in current service and to listen and learn from others.

 

There are tough economic times ahead however, the recognition of the need for high quality, evidence-based and outcome driven child and adolescent mental health services has never been more evident (No Health Without Mental Health 2011). These new standards will support CAMHS to maintain and improve services over the challenging years to come. 

 

SABP have agreed to have a review completed this year for the North West Sector and the South Sector CAMHS. Other sectors will participate in the review in the coming years.   

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