20. CAMHS Communication

Do you know how your neighbouring CAMHS operates its first appointment system?

Are they doing CAPA?

Are there any nice examples of extending skills?

How do they keep a focus on letting go?

What standard letters does your neighbouring CAMHS use?

Pick someone else's brains!


Many CAMHS operate in similar ways and have similar issues. Talk to neighbouring teams- it is sometimes surprising what is going on just next-door! Talk to get ideas and minimise reinventing the wheel. Take what works for you and leave what doesn’t. Added Bonus: you will leave the other team with ideas too.

Ideas for Action

  • Pilot any changes in your service. It may or may not work for you.
  • Visit other teams and services.
  • Look out for examples of innovative practice on the web e.g.




  • Look at Choice and Partnership on the left hand menu bar for an clinical system that incorporates many of the HELPFUL Habits