CAMHS crisis (REACH team)

Service expansion for Wakefield CAMHS crisis team

In January 2020, the service provided by the Wakefield child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) crisis team expanded.  Further details can be found on the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website.

This means that the team now operate seven days a week and for longer hours, delivering services between 9am - 8pm every day; alongside working in new ways.

The extended service now focuses on providing responsive support for children and adolescents in the place where it is needed; including home-based and community treatments and therapies.

The expansion of the service has been reflected in a name change too for the team, with the previous name of ‘CAMHS crisis’ no longer reflecting how the team work.

After working with local young people and the newly expanded team over the last few months, it was decided that responsive adolescent and children’s home based treatment team, or REACH team for short, was a more appropriate name which reflected the service on offer.

The changes will also help people access the REACH team’s services easier after recognising that the main access route was through A&E; which is often not the most appropriate place for children and young people.

It is hoped that the changes will also improve the relationships and experience for children, young people and their families using services, alongside local health, social care and voluntary and community sector partners.

The REACH team now offer:

  • Triage and signposting
  • Flexible support including home-based and community treatments
  • Consultation, care planning and risk assessment
  • Multi-disciplinary team working and formulation
  • Responsive assessment – which is needs-led
  • Treatment and therapeutic interventions
  • Support to access inpatient CAMHS treatment or transition back to the community.

You can contact the REACH team between 9am – 8pm, seven days a week.To refer or get in touch with the team, please contact Single Point of Access (SPA) Wakefield on 01977 735865.

If you need support outside of these hours, please contact the relevant GP practice (this will be directed to the GP out-of-hours service), NHS 111 or A&E if this is an emergency.

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