Please contact SPA until our new Community In-Reach Worker is appointed

CAMHS SPA (Single Point of Access)
01865 902515

Following a review by the Department of Health of Children and Adolescents Mental Health services nationwide, the government identified a number of areas that could be worked upon to improve the care our 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 we run our services. 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 and that we fit around their needs. We have an exciting new partnership with Response and a number of 3rd sector organisations in Oxfordshire. These include: TRAX, RAW, Synolos, SOFEA, BYHP (Banbury Young Homelessness Project), Ark T and 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 generic training to other organisations and professionals on mental health.

A new School In-Reach team has been created with named leads in each of the  secondary schools in Oxfordshire, spending time in the schools with pupils offering advice and self-help tools to prevent the need for accessing CAMHS.

We have a new streamlined Single Point of Access in to our services now which means 1 phone number, email address and advice and referral route in to our services.
We have a fresh new website which offers help, guidance, details of how to access our services, a new self-referral form and self-help tools

On top of this we are building links with other agencies in Oxfordshire including Schools, Local Authority, and GP’s to improve multi-agency handovers and joined up working to ensure each child and young person receives the best help they can for their needs.


Regarding sessions:

‘I feel much better after going for a walk and having someone to talk to. I feel more positive.’ – YP

‘The sessions make a difference because they give me structure and something regular to do. I know someone will be there to talk to.’ – YP

‘I just feel 100% confident that I am safe.’ – YP

‘The sessions were fun and useful, making lots of stuff, learning new techniques to deal with situations and learning how my brain works.’ – YP

‘She clearly felt comfortable at Ark-T right from the first session. Even when she was struggling to get out anywhere else, and had very limited energy, she prioritised being able to manage her time with you and loved having somewhere she could access independently and a reason to get dressed up. This meant everything. Having something that was just ‘hers’, having a reason to leave the house, finding the confidence to arrive on her own, and having the opportunity to build a relationship with yourself and be creative were all hugely important and gave her much pleasure and a purpose during a really tricky time.’ – Parent

Regarding Self-Care Retreats:

‘I enjoyed that young people were given a different environment to what they would usually find themselves in and that it was a healthy safe place for them to meet other young people and do an exercise that promotes their wellbeing and opens their minds to different ways of expressing themselves’ – Professional facilitator 

‘Young people are under so much pressure these days to perform that there is no chance to just be themselves. These sessions provide the essential opportunities to not only have down time but also learn essential skills and build lasting relationships with people in their local communities in spaces which they might not always access as fully as they could.’ – Professional facilitator

‘I haven’t come across anything else like this for my daughter so far. They are under so much pressure at this age, academic and social, and it’s wonderful to have an opportunity to learn some self-care skills, and just to have it stated upfront that this is important.’ – Parent

‘She really enjoyed the whole day – it was quite hard to persuade her to join it so I was really glad that she went, I knew she’d like it. She mentioned enjoying the yoga and baking and the talking sessions – all of it really!’ – Parent