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National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

National Deaf Children and Young People and Family Service National Deaf CAMHS is a highly specialised mental health service for deaf children and young people with mental health issues aged up to 18. The service also accepts referrals for hearing children of deaf parents. The service operates a team around the child and family model, employing deaf and hearing staff (including psychiatrists, psychologists, specialist deaf outreach workers, nurses, social workers and interpreters) to ensure that the child and family can work in their first or preferred language in a culturally sensitive way to address their mental health needs. The service is provided by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The team is based in Newcastle and covers the North East and North Cumbria region. Appointments are usually carried out at home, local CAMHS, at school or college or another venue suitable and convenient for the child or young person and their family. Appointments are made at an agreeable time between 9am and 5pm Monday - Friday. How to access the service Families can contact the service directly for advice and information but referrals must be made via a Health Professional such as a GP, Paediatrician, Teacher or Social Worker. All staff are able to communicate in British Sign Language (BSL) at different levels. Most at BSL Level 2 or higher. We employ BSL/English interpreters and work closely with BSL/English and other language interpreters when appropriate. The service consists of a Multidisciplinary Team which includes; Psychiatrist, Nurses and Psychologists This is an NHS funded service.