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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: An Operational Handbook (Second edition)

Edited by Greg Richardson, Ian Partridge and Jonathan Barrett

Price: £30.00

Members' discount available

Published: Feb 2010

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 352

ISBN: 9781904671800

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: An Operational Handbook (Second edition)

This book explains in straightforward operational terms how child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) can best be delivered. That means services organised in ways that children, families and other agencies can understand, that are as local to the child and family as possible, that are helpful to educational, social, voluntary and other partner agencies and that allow clear commissioning processes. The operation of each of the four tiers of service provision is clearly described with specific examples at each tier.

Much has changed since the first edition in 2003. There have been many government initiatives aimed at the welfare of children that have been incorporated into this book, which has broadened its scope to cover more children with many different difficulties and in many different predicaments. Those providing, working with and commissioning CAMHS will find this book an indispensable guide.

  • Straightforward, ‘how to’ guide
  • Focus on inter-agency working within each tier of service
  • Practical examples of service provision
  • Geared towards all professionals working with CAMHS
  • Fully revised and updated edition.


Aimed at those responsible for commissioning and providing CAMHS, thus this book will be of interest to anyone working in CAMHS, whether psychiatrist or of a related healthcare profession.

About the editors:

Greg Richardson  - Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Lime Trees CAMHS, York
Ian Partridge  - Social Worker, York
Jonathan Barrett  - Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cringlebar CAMHS, Leeds

"This second edition is a welcome arrival, it spans well-known problem areas such as multidisciplinary working, through to much more recent concerns including evidence-based practice. The handbook will be a valuable resource for all professionals working with children, young people and families. It's clear, concise, comprehensive, well laid out and easy to follow. If only we could acheive the same in how services are actually organised and delivered."

Children & Young People Now


1 Introduction  Ian Partridge and Greg Richardson
2 CAMHS in context  Greg Richardson and Ashley Wyatt
3 CAMHS and the law Ian Partridge, Greg Richardson and Mary Mitchell
4 Structure, organisation and management of CAMHS Ian Partridge and Greg Richardson
5 Evidence-based practice Jonathan Barrett, Juliette Kennedy and Ian Partridge
6 Clinical governance Greg Richardson
7 Education, supervision and workforce development  Margaret Bamforth, Sophie Roberts, Sarah Bryan and Nick Jones
8 Multidisciplinary working  Ian Partridge, Greg Richardson, Geraldine Casswell and Nick Jones
9 User and carer participation and advocacy  Jonathan Barrett
10 A comprehensive CAMHS  Clare Lamb and Ann York
11 Referral management  Sophie Roberts and Ian Partridge
12 Demand and capacity management  Ann York and Steve Kingsbury
13 Strategies for working with Tier 1  Greg Richardson, Ashley Wyatt and Ian Partridge
14 Structuring and managing treatment options  Barry Wright, Sarah Bryan, Ian Partridge, Nick Jones and Greg Richardson
15 CAMHS in the emergency department  Tony Kaplan
16 Paediatric liaison  Barry Wright, Sebastian Kraemer, Kate Wurr and Christine Williams
17 Self-harm  Sophie Roberts, Phil Lucas, Barry Wright and Greg Richardson
18 Learning disability services  Christine Williams and Barry Wright
19 Services for autism-spectrum conditions  Christine Williams and Barry Wright
20 Services for attentional problems  Sarah Bryan, Barry Wright and Christine Williams
21 Eating disorder teams  Ruth Norton, Ian Partridge and Greg Richardson
22 Bereavement services  Barry Wright, Ian Partridge and Nick Jones
23 CAMHS for refugees and recent immigrants  Matthew Hodes
24 CAMHS and looked-after children  Fiona Gospel, Jackie Johnson and Ian Partridge
25 Drug and alcohol teams  Norman Malcolm
26 Parenting risk assessment service  Ian Partridge, Geraldine Casswell and Greg Richardson
27 Court work  Greg Richardson and Geraldine Casswell
28 Tier 4 options  Tim McDougall, Anne Worrall-Davies, Lesley Hewson, Rosie Beer and Greg Richardson
29 In-patient psychiatric care  Angela Sergeant, Greg Richardson, Ian Partridge, Tim McDougall, Anne Worrall-Davies and Lesley Hewson
30 Forensic services  Sue Bailey and Enys Delmage
31 Neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology services  Tom Berney
32 Mental health provision for deaf children: study of a low-incidence service provision Mandy Barker, Sophie Roberts and Barry Wright
00 Chief Executives – what do they want and how do they get it?  Chris Butler
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