Who we are:
Central Oxon Primary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (PCAMHS)
The Primary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (PCAMHS) in Oxfordshire is an early intervention children’s mental health service for 0 – 18-year-olds.
What’s important to us (our values):
PCAMHS works with Children and Young People at the earliest opportunity to help promote emotional and mental well being. We work closely with other agency’s to ensure that needs are met in a timely and responsive way.
What we do:
The Primary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (PCAMHS) in Oxfordshire is an early intervention children’s mental health service for 0 – 18 year-olds that delivers the following functions:
· Direct work for any child that; has an identified emotional, mental health or behavioural concern when there is evidence that first line early interventions have been put in place.
· Manages a single referral point for all non-urgent children’s mental health referrals ensuring that children are directed through the most appropriate service at the right time.
· Supports frontline professionals in dealing with children’s emotional mental health and behaviour issues through training, consultation and supervision.
The aim is to see and treat more children at an earlier stage to nip in the bud problems which might, for example, be linked to bullying, low self-esteem, family breakdown and avoiding school.
Specially trained professionals from a range of backgrounds, including occupational therapists, play specialists and mental health workers, work via the PCAMHS service in the community through courses of up to six one-to-one therapy sessions. We also offer Family Support Service (FSS) where a family based approach is indicated.
This is a key stage in the development of Oxfordshire’s integrated child and adolescent mental health strategy. It is an early intervention service which should ensure many more children are seen and get the treatment they need quickly before their problems get worse.
Referrals to PCAMHS can be made by any worker from any agency, statutory or voluntary, to a single referral point.
Who we offer this service to:
All children and young people 0 – 18 inclusive from the Oxford City area. Our catchment area is set by GP practices.
How and when we do it:
Our core hours are Monday to Friday 9-5.
We work predominantly on a community appointment basis (homes, school/children’s centres /Hubs and GPs). FSS offer clinic based appointments only.
PCAMHS Consultation line for advice and information for professionals 01865 902515
How to contact us:
Post: Central oxon PCAMHS, Raglan house, 23 between Towns road, oxford, OX4 3LZ
Telephone: 01865 902720