In January 2016 the West Midlands Clinical Network commissioned Associate Development Solutions to undertake a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) benchmarking exercise across the region, in conjunction with an assessment of its Local Transformation Plans.
As part of this benchmarking project, key data was requested from CAMHS providers working at Tier 2 (targeted services) and Tier 3 (specialist services, including Tier 3 plus) via local CAMHS Commissioners.
The data requested included:
- Staff training (mental health and/or behavioural interventions)
- Service access and demand data – including referral and accepted cases, waiting times, consultations, face-to-face appointments, length of time in the service, caseloads and discharges
- Types of mental health intervention offered
- Primary presenting problems
- Source of referral to Tier 2 and Tier 3 services
- Crisis and Access to Tier 4
In addition to data, all areas were asked to provide a commentary regarding the completeness and accuracy of the information submitted. This commentary is referenced, as appropriate, within this report to add clarity to the completeness or accuracy of the data presented. For the purpose of this review the West Midlands region is separated into ten areas (aligned with their Local Transformation Plans: Birmingham and Sandwell; Coventry and Warwickshire; Dudley; Herefordshire; Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin; Solihull; Staffordshire; Walsall; Wolverhampton; and Worcestershire.
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