Roles within team


CAMHS professionals deal with a wide range of mental health problems. Many children and young people are troubled by emotional, behavioural and psychiatric problems. These can cause worry and distress both to themselves and to those who care for them.

A large part of CAMHS professionals’ work is to:

  • identify the problem
  • understand the causes
  • advise about what may help

Most of the work that they do with children, young people and their families is done through out-patient appointments, while the young person continues to live at home.



Mental health professionals in our team:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists (including specialist doctors and specialist registrars) – they are medically qualified doctors who specialise in working with young people with mental health problems and their families. Child psychiatrists are the only CAMHS professionals who can prescribe medication if it is needed, with the exception of specially trained CAMHS nurses who may prescribe for some illnesses like ADHD

Psychologists – There are different types of psychologists, but they all help with the way that people behave and the way they feel and think about things.  They can assess and help with children’s psychological functioning, emotional wellbeing and development.

Psychotherapists –  They are trained therapists who work with children to help them deal with their emotional and mental health problems The aim of a psychotherapists is to help you to understand why you feel the way you do, and what lies behind your responses to other people and to things that happen to you.

Systemic Family Therapists - they are trained therapists who work with children and their families together, to help them understand and manage the difficulties that are happening in their lives.

Nurses - Psychiatric nurses, or child and adolescent mental health nurses are registered nurses who are trained in mental health.

Social Workers - are trained to help children and families needing extra support or help to keep them safe. There are different types of social worker.  Some will help you if you are in danger of being abused, or if you are in care. Some social workers are specially trained in mental health and can offer counselling.

Mental Health Practitioners - they are usually trained in mental health and help in the assessment (understanding) and management of emotional, behavioural and mental health problems.

Creative Therapists – art, dance and movement therapists

Occupational therapist - Their role is to help people who have not been well or have had problems build up the confidence and skills needed to live a normal and fulfilling life.

Speech and Language Therapists - These therapists specialise in developing communication skills

Managers - CAMHS Community managers are responsible, with the Lead Clinicians, for maintaining the standard of the service, for implementing the Trust’s policies and procedures, for performance management, for planning and developing new services and for managing budgets.

Administrators / Receptionists - Team members, who organise appointments, answer the phone, provide admin support and welcome children, young people and their families into the service.

Researchers / Students - CAMHS teams have a responsibility to provide training and research opportunities.  Sometimes students may be involved in the work of the team. If you are not happy with this then please let us know before your appointment. This will not effect your treatment in any way.


Other Professionals or groups who may be involved in your care include:

Family Doctor or General Practitioner (GP) - A family doctor or GP will provide a range of services including: Talking through problems, Prescribing medication, Making referrals to another specialist, for example a counsellor or psychiatrist

Occupational therapist - Their role is to help people who have not been well or have had problems build up the confidence and skills needed to live a normal and fulfilling life.

Counsellors - Counsellors provide a talking treatment that aims to help people to find ways of coping with problems that they might be experiencing. 

Special Educational needs coordinators (SENCO) - SENCO has responsibility, in schools for the coordination of provision for children with special educational needs such as learning difficulties.

Speech and language therapists and occupational therapists - These therapists focus on developing specific skills and communication and physical abilities and coordination. Other therapists include art therapist, drama therapists, education therapists, and music therapists.

Youth offending workers - Youth offending workers identify the needs of each young offender through assessment and finds suitable programmes to address the needs of the young person to prevent future offending

Health visitors - These are qualified nurses with specialist training who work in the community.

Paediatricians – Doctors who deal in the medical care of infants, children and adolescents.

Social Workers – social workers help support therapeutic work with families who are referred to the CAMHS team.

Teachers – may make referrals to CAMHS and provide you with support at school

Self-help, charities and support groups - These groups offer an opportunity to meet up with other people who are in a similar situation. They can break down feelings of isolation and, at the same time, show how other people have coped.

Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS) - ICAS is a free service, independent of the NHS, which supports service users and carers wishing to make a complaint about their NHS treatment or care. Paediatricians are doctors who specialise in child health.

Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS) - PALS are found in every NHS Trust. PALS help service users and their carers to resolve problems and concerns with care and treatment within the Trusts themselves.

Researchers - This is someone whose job it is to carry out proper tests to make sure treatments or types do help people who have mental difficulties.

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