Who we are

We work closely with our community mental health teams and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). We also provide support to our community eating disorder service, forensic CAMHS, national deaf CAMHS, and our Somerset team for early psychosis.

We also work with health and social care teams outside of the NHS, including the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service, children’s social care teams and the Family Intervention Service (previously GetSET & Team 8).

We have a good understanding of the many therapeutic approaches that help to support a wide range of difficulties. Where possible we would try to allocate a clinician with the skill base that best meets the needs you shared with us at our first meeting or in the referral sent to us.

We have many different registered and unregistered clinicians working for the team, including mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, specialist CAMHS psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, child and family support workers, team secretaries, team managers and an operational manager who oversees the whole service.

We have two dedicated CAMHS psychiatric liaison teams at Yeovil Hospital and Musgrove Park Hospital. We have up to three senior registered clinicians working at each hospital, seven days a week. In addition to this, our consultant psychiatrist, who works for our enhanced outreach team, also supports our teams to create safe and appropriate plans before and at the point of your discharge from hospital.

Who we work with

We work across Somerset, providing brief interventions to young people who might need our teams urgently, as well as their families and carers. We support people when they are most unwell with a range of mental health difficulties, acute mental distress, high levels of complex risk, self-injury, suicidal thoughts and intent.

We work with young people who are at risk of requiring hospital treatment. This may mean that you are currently admitted to, are due to leave, or have just left hospital or a CAMHS inpatient unit. Additionally other professionals currently working with you may be concerned about increases or changes in risk that could lead to an admission to hospital if no changes in support are considered.

Anyone under the care of our mental health services can be referred to our CAMHS enhanced outreach team for additional support in understanding, managing or reducing your risk. We also offer consultation to these teams to support them in exploring other ways of supporting you to manage your risk. These teams include:

  • Community mental health teams
  • CAMHS
  • Community eating disorder service
  • Forensic CAMHS
  • National deaf CAMHS services
  • Somerset team for early psychosis.

Referrals from professionals outside of CAMHS (for example, social care, education or GPs) should go through our CAMHS single point of access teams. We aren’t able to take self-referrals at this time so please see your GP or other professionals working directly with you to consider a referral if they felt it appropriate.

We currently work with young people registered to a GP in Somerset (this does not include North Somerset). We also see young people requiring hospital treatment who are visiting Somerset with a GP outside the county, but any follow-up appointments or treatment may be forwarded to the CAMHS teams covering the locality of your GP.

What we do

When we first meet young people, their families and carers, we aim to identify core strengths and difficulty to focus on. These will typically be areas that are causing you the most concern or areas with only a short-term need. We aim to develop a plan of care jointly with you and place you at the centre of your care as soon as possible. This may be an assessment in hospital or in the community depending on the situation.

Where possible we will join professionals already working with you, your families and carers and we will aim to continue working closely with you, agreeing clear roles for each professional. When working with young people and their families, we work closely with professionals already working with you to give you care that best meets your needs, as well as intensive support where required.

We will continue to support young people admitted to hospital, as well as their families and carers. During this time, we will work towards getting you home from hospital as soon as clinically appropriate and will work with you to understand the reasons that may prevent you from returning home so we can overcome these.

After you have been discharged from hospital, we aim to offer a seven day follow up appointment (we aim to follow up within 72 hours following discharge from a mental health inpatient unit). This is so we can look at any additional needs, difficulties or successes you have had since you left hospital so we can plan any further care that may be needed. This would typically involve a referral or signposting to another team if longer term work would be beneficial. This appointment is important (even if you are now doing well and do not feel you need it) because it allows us to share your progress with your GP should you have further difficulties in the future.

We will discuss your discharge from hospital at an early point of your care. This is to help us to plan for you to leave hospital in a safe way, ahead of time. We are aware that leaving hospital can be very difficult for people of all ages so we plan this on an individual basis. This means we can listen to your thoughts about a reduction in support.