Specialist Community Team
Changes to our services due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you are concerned you may have symptoms of coronavirus please follow the Government advice published on NHS Choices. Do not visit a GP practice, urgent care centre, or any of our services if you have symptoms.
I need urgent help now
If you are having suicidal thoughts or extreme mental health difficulties and need to talk to someone now, you can contact our mental health support team by calling 0300 365 1234.
Support from CAMHS
If you are currently receiving help from CAMHS and things have become very difficult for you, and you need some extra help, you can telephone the CAMHS duty worker during the day Mon-Fri (09.00-17.00). They will be able to talk to you and if it’s helpful, organise some extra support for you, but this may take a little time to arrange.
The number for your duty worker will have been given to you following agreement of your initial treatment plan but if you can’t find it, call us on 0300 365 1234.
For urgent help for your mental health, use the NHS 111 online service, or call 111 if you are unable to get help online.
If you’ve injured yourself, taken an overdose or are in an emergency and believe that your life is at risk, please dial 999.
We are aware that this will be a worrying time for you and for your family. We are doing all we can to keep our CYPF services running while also keeping you and our staff safe. However, please be aware that due to the impact of COVID-19 we will be prioritising urgent appointments and referrals and some services will be disrupted, postponed or delivered differently (via phone or video link where possible).
About the Specialist Community Team
We support young people with complex mental health difficulties. These include eating disorders, severe depression, anxiety disorders that severely limit normal daily functioning, complex trauma, suicidal or significant self-harming behaviours and tic disorders.
We have three specialist community teams: East covers Slough, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead; Central covers Bracknell and Wokingham; West covers Reading and West Berkshire.
Each of the SCTs comprises psychiatrists, family therapists, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, specialist nurses and specialist mental health practitioners. Some teams have creative therapists.
Wherever possible, the work of our team will continue although, in some cases, not in the way you may be used to.
Until further notice, we’re stopping all non-urgent face to face appointments and will offer alternative arrangements.
Depending on your needs, this could include:
- an online video consultation, similar to a Skype or WhatsApp call
- consultation over the phone
- professional advice on how to manage your own care
In some cases we may offer face to face appointments or even make home visits. This will be based on an assessment of your current difficulties and risks, taking into consideration any additional risks that are the result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
A member of the team will contact you to decide on the right arrangements for you. There is no need to contact us.
We aim to start seeing young people who present with urgent mental health or risk needs within a few weeks of referral.
What happens at the first appointment depends on what type of intervention is currently being offered and how long your child has been waiting. If they’ve been waiting for several months, part of the first session will involve a review. You and your child will meet with a clinician, who will explain the work they do and what help is available.
We’ll work in partnership with your child to offer some potential solutions. The first session is generally an attempt to explore what your child would like to achieve from the service and to plan what this might look like.
Therapies and interventions
We use a combination of therapies and interventions shown to be helpful for young people experiencing mental health difficulties. These can include:
- Family therapy
- Psychological therapies
How often sessions take place depend on the intervention agreed. Individual therapy sessions often take place weekly or fortnightly and last around 45 to 60 minutes. Family therapy sessions often take place every three or four weeks and might be 60 to 90 minutes.
We hold regular reviews with you and your child to check progress and make changes if needed. Reviews generally take place every six months, more often if needed.
The frequency of medication reviews will depend upon many factors, including the medication prescribed.
Length of treatment
Two or three months of intervention might be enough for some young people. For others, between six and nine months is more realistic.
Some young people take longer to reach goals and feel confident in managing difficulties. They might require a different approach. Or they might complete an intervention but require ongoing reviews, perhaps every three to six months.
CAMHS GP Referrals
CAMHS Specialist Community Team