You’re likely to meet someone from our Admin Team when you first come to CAMHS, and that’s who you’ll speak to when you ring us. They keep everything organised, making sure your questions get to the right person, arranging your appointments, producing letters, alongside many other essential tasks. The Admin Team support all the clinical teams in our service.
CAMHS Urgent Response Team (CURT)
CURT offers urgent and specialist support to children and young people who are at significant risk due to self-harm and/or thoughts about suicide. You might see someone from CURT if you have been in hospital due to a mental health problem, or if you have self-harming behaviours, suicidal ideation or other mental health issues that may be of significant risk. Or you could be seen by CURT if you’ve been referred to CAMHS and we think you need to be seen urgently.
The team aims to help you take more control of your life, make positive decisions and find a way forward. They usually see you on a short-term basis. An important part of what they do is directing you to other services, including other CAMHS teams.
Many children and young people who come to CAMHS will meet with someone from Core CAMHS. They offer assessment, formulation and appropriate evidence-based therapeutic interventions. This means they’ll talk to you to find out about your difficulties and help you make sense of them. They’ll support you, and work with you, in making changes to meet your needs. You might have several appointments with Core CAMHS, or only have one or two. Core CAMHS might also ask another team within CAMHS to help you.
We have two Core CAMHS teams - the Core East team, based at Playfield House at Stratheden Hospital in Cupar, and the Core West team, based in the Carnegie Unit at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline.
Family Therapy can help family members to:
- express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely
- understand each other’s experiences and views
- appreciate each other’s needs
- build on family strengths
- work together to make useful changes in their relationships and their lives
You and your family might be referred to Family Therapy for some help to better understand and support each other.
Infant Mental Health Team (IMHT)
IMHT is made up of a range of specialist professionals who are focused on the emotional wellbeing of infants, specifically relating to attachment between infants and their caregivers. The team works with families to support and strengthen these relationships, alongside consultation with other professionals. The team works with other services so that the wee ones within Fife can have their voices heard. IMHT supports infants from 0 to 3 years.
Intensive Therapy Service (ITS)
ITS works with young people aged 8 to 18 years old who have mental health problems that are having a serious effect on how they are thinking, feeling, behaving and relating to other people. Usually, young people are referred to ITS by another team in CAMHS, or young people could be referred after an admission to hospital or following an incident that meant they were seen by another mental health professional.
The team will work with you to develop an individual package of care that is designed specifically to meet your needs. They offer a flexible service and can meet with you in different settings, such as your home, clinics, health centres, school or drop-in centres.
Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs)
Lots of children and young people who are referred to CAMHS meet with one of our PMHWs. They’ll talk things through with you, and you can tell them how things are going. You’ll then have a think together about next steps. There are lots of possible outcomes from your PMHW appointment, so you’ll make a decision together about which is the right one for you. The PMHW role is to identify the most appropriate level of support or service to help you.
Sea View is the CAMHS Sexual Trauma Service, and supports children, young people and their families who are experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties following sexual trauma. The team helps children and young people to gain a sense of control in their lives, providing assessment and therapeutic work when needed, supporting them to cope with the impact of sexual trauma.
The Beeches is a service for children and young people who are Looked After and Accommodated in foster or residential placements with private providers in Fife. The team works with children and young people who have experienced complex trauma and offers a wide range of assessments and interventions as well as support and training for their carers. In agreement with the care network, input is tailored to the individual needs of the child or young person.
The Springfield Project
The Springfield Project is a service for children and young people who are Looked After and Accommodated in local authority foster or residential care placements. The team is jointly managed between Social Work and CAMHS. The team works with children and young people who have experienced complex trauma and offers a wide range of assessments and interventions as well as support and training for their carers. In agreement with the care network, input is tailored to the individual needs of the child or young person.
Other services CAMHS works with
CAMHS also works closely with Primary Care Psychology, Paediatric Psychology Service and Child LD Service, and provides input to the ADHD and ASD pathways.
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