Mental Health

Supporting Oxfordshire to be mental health aware

Oxfordshire Youth works with a pool of trainers to deliver ‘An Introduction to Children and Young People’s Mental Health’ training across Oxfordshire.

Our trainers are skilled practitioners working for a wide variety of organisations and have trained over 800 staff and volunteers since February 2018.

Working in partnership with Oxfordshire Mind, our Youth in Mind mental health conference is a must for anyone working with children and young people.

[Youth in Mind] was a triumph…for the sector as a whole. Meticulous planning and timing; great variation, pace and content; really stimulating and the best networking opportunity for the third sector that I seen in 10 years as LL. Many congratulations!

Tim Stevenson OBE

Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire

About the training

We provide high-class training to schools and the voluntary sector, plus to anyone else working with children and young people.

An Introduction to Children and Young People’s Mental Health Training was designed by Young Devon in partnership with Young Mind and is endorsed by Exeter University.

Oxfordshire Youth licence the training from Young Devon and have trained professionals in the youth sector from 20 organisations, which include:

Have you thought about becoming a Mental Health Trainer?

We’re always on the look-out for talented` local trainers.

About the CAMH’s Partnership

Following a review by the Department of Health of Children and Adolescents Mental Health services (CAMH’s) nationwide, the government identified a number of areas that could be worked upon to improve the care patients receive as a whole, these areas include:

  • Promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention
  • Improving access to effective support – a system without tiers
  • Care for the most vulnerable
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Developing the workforce

As a result of this a new service model has been launched in Oxford Health and with it a number of key changes to the way services are run.

  • The CAMHS service model has moved to a tier-less pathway approach to ensure that the patient’s needs are at the centre of their care.
  • An exciting new partnership has formed with Response and a number of voluntary sector organisations in Oxfordshire. These include:
    1. TRAX
    2. RAW
    3. Synolos
    4. SOFEA
    5. BYHP (Banbury Young Homelessness Project)
    6. Ark T
    7. Oxfordshire Youth

Each organisation has a Community In-Reach worker that work with children and young people that come in to their organisations who it is deemed would benefit from some light-touch Mental Health intervention using the expertise and advice of our CAMHS teams.

This innovative partnership has proven massively successful so far and has helped to increase the reach to patients who are sometimes more difficult to get to, is helping to destigmatise mental health conditions, promotes early intervention and prevention and is improving joined up working and a whole system approach to the care of our Children and Young People. Not least helping to deal with the increase in referrals in to Mental Health Services.

The exception being Oxfordshire Youth who provide essential training: ‘an introduction to children and young people’s mental health’, for professionals in schools and the voluntary sector. This training ensures that those who work with children and young people have a baseline understanding of mental health and know how to refer for additional support.

 

KEY DEVELOPMENTS:

  • There is a new Single Point of Access (SPA) in services with one phone number, email address and advice and referral route into all services.

Oxon CAMHS SPA
Raglan House
23 Between-Towns-Road
Cowley
Oxon OX4 3LX

Phone: 01865 902 515

Email: OxonCAMHSSPA@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

A fresh new CAMHs WEBSITE has been launched

Offering help, guidance, details of how to access our services, a new self-referral form and self-help tools