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The Association of Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health Workers formally amalgamated with the National CAMHS Trainers Forum in 2011 to form a single body named the Association of Primary Mental Health Work and Training [CAMHS].The amalgamation was prompted by various factors with the new body reflecting the overlap of the business of the two organisations. This website will continue to reflect the core business of the two separate organisations via two different sections but members of the Association are encouraged to visit both sections as they include many areas of shared interest and practice.

Steve Dover

 Secretary of the National Association for Primary Mental Health Work and Training CAMHS.

We are pleased to announce that Sir Paul Ennals has kindly accepted our invitation to become our President.

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July 2018

The Coalition responds to the Government’s response to its Green Paper consultation 


The Coalition welcomes the Government’s response to the Green Paper’s consultation on children and young people’s mental health. We appreciate the response to the questions and concerns many expressed during the consultation – especially regarding the ambition and scale of the proposals.

 Whilst we would like to see more and sooner, we recognise that delivering proposals with the potential for wide-scale change across the education and children and young people’s mental health sectors needs to manage the tension between ‘fixing’ the urgent problem of existing demand and the creation of a new and sustainable plan. As a Coalition, our members will work hard, both with government and colleagues on the front line to ensure the best is made of the opportunities provided. We want to ensure these have the greatest impact possible on children and young people and families.

 Our full response can be read at:

 i-THRIVE Community Practice Update July 2018

1.   i-THRIVE Community of Practice Event, 28th June 2018

The eighth i-THRIVE Community of Practice event took place on Thursday 28th June 2018. Below is a summary of the presentations and discussions for those of you who are interested. It was a really positive and inspiring day thanks to the progress being made with THRIVE implementation and attendees’ willingness to share learning and plans for the future.

2.   New case study

3.   New Q&A

  • Thanks to David Eaton, Service Manager of Blackpool CAMHS, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for taking part in a Q&A to share how THRIVE is being implemented in his locality.

          He posed the following question to the i-THRIVE CoP:

     How do sites across the i-THRIVE Community of Practice evidence consultation, liaison, training and joint working?”


4.   Healthy London Partnership Children and Young People’s Mental Health Shared Learning Event

Rachel James, i-THRIVE Programme and Clinical Lead, presented the THRIVE Framework (Wolpert at al., 2016) and learning from the i-THRIVE Community of Practice at the HLP Children and Young People’s Mental Health Shared Learning event on 26th June 2018.

March 2018

Are we listening? – CQC Thematic Review of CAMHS – Final Report:

December 2017

Children and young people’s mental health – policy, services, funding and education – Briefing paper 19.12.2017

Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition – Bulletin 2017

Charities report increasing severity of children’s mental health problems

 5 Live Breakfast interview with Sue Bailey – (1:39 to 1:46)

 The government has pledged that every secondary school in the country will be offered Mental Health First Aid training by 2020.

Please see link below for videos on the YoungMinds website.

What really matters in Children and Young People’s Mental Health, a report from the Values Based Child and Adolescent mental health system Commission has now been published.

The Coalition were co-sponsors of this report – along with RCPsychs and YoungMinds

Link to full report –

Press release –

The above report which was formally launched at a House of Lords event on 7 November 2016.

Please see link below on RCPsychs work on underfunding of CAMHS by CCGs.

The below link could be of help to PMHW and  the C&YP’s work force – a series of e learning sessions that are largely for staff within Universal service and will be helpful for school  staff.  The  E Portal was launched on 25th March 2014

Please see link to National Child and Mental Health Intelligence Network e-Bulletins


Twitter Feed from CAMHS



NHS England

Extra £25m for NHS Organisations in England to improve Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

Money is to help ensure that by 2020, an extra 70,000 children and young people will be able to access evidence based treatments in community based services.

Clare Murdoch’s quote includes – It is expected that this funding will also support CCGs to continue to invest in staff training and progress plans to pump-prime crisis, liaison and home treatment interventions suitable for under 18s, with the goal of minimising inappropriate admissions to in-patient, paediatric or adult mental health wards. CCGs are free to pool this funding across NHS organisations in their area to help deliver local transformation plans for mental health (LTPs) as well as sustainability and transformation plans (STPs).

To get the money, CCGS have to provide details of how they intend to improve average waiting times for treatment by March 2017.

Two new financial incentives will improve mental healthcare for children and young people and A&E users with Mental Health Needs

One of these is related to transition from child and adolescent mental health services to adult mh services

6 mental health pilot sites  to redesign services  and prevent patient being admitted miles from home

Two of these pilots cover children and young people

Health Education England

Expanding the Children and Young People Mental Health Workforce

Adult Psychiatric Morbidity report

Extensively covered in the  news – this report found increase in mental health problems in young women (aged 16-24).

Article in the Guardian –

New book  on children and young people’s mental health – focus on nurses, but it does cover a range of settings, which chapters by some colleagues who are well known in the field’s+mental+health+essential+for+nurses