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Board continues to exceed CAMHS waiting times target

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Board has welcomed the publication of Audit Scotland’s national report on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). 

We continue to exceed the Scottish Government’s target of seeing 90% of children and young people with mental health issues within 18 weeks. 

Stephen McLeod, head of Specialist Children’s Services, said: “Referral rates to our Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services have remained steady in recent years with the average length of wait currently meeting, and exceeding, Scottish Government waiting time targets. 

“We have a sustained track record of strong performance in this area with the average waiting time for treatment from referral being seven weeks. 

“We aim to see, and treat, all appropriate cases as quickly as possible with each individual patient receiving a tailored treatment plan. 

“Skye House, our purpose-built facility on the Stobhill Hospital site provides a range of dedicated in-patient services for young people with severe mental health problems from across the West of Scotland. 

“However, our CAMHS team endeavours to support the vast majority of patients with severe mental health problems in community settings. 

“As a result, we have increased access to specialist community mental health teams resulting in more young people getting the support they need in a community setting, usually at home.  

“Our CAMHS teams are complimented by a wide range of intensive community services operating around the clock including crisis services and inpatient facilities, so this truly is a team effort.”

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