C/O Child and Family Consultation Service Raphael House, Victoria Centre, Pettits Lane, Romford, Essex, RM1 4HP
Tel: 0300 555 1124 Switchboard: 0300 555 600 1200 Fax: 0844-493-0280 email: PMHT@nelft.nhs.uk
The Primary Mental Health Worker (PMHW) role was first suggested by the Health Advisory Service report 'Together We Stand' (HAS 1995). This envisaged a 4-Tier model of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provision, extending from Tier 1 - universal first contact services such as general practitioners, health visitors, school nurses, teachers - through to specialist CAMHS.
The Primary Mental Health Worker (Tier 2) acts as a bridge between Tier 1 services and more specialist CAMHS services such as Child and Family Consultation Service (Tier 3) and residential units (Tier 4).
The Havering Primary Mental Health Team (comprising 3 full time equivalent posts) offers the following services:
Direct early intervention therapeutic work with families, children and young people in the community aged 0-18 . We work on a brief therapy model. We can undertake home visits and see children/young people at community locations such as schools. We try to help families who do not ordinarily seek help from statutory services.
Consultations in partnership with Tier 1 and Tier 2 professionals. Our consultations are face to face with individuals or groups of professionals; sometimes we consult by phone or email. Currently we undertake consultations with Social Services, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Early Years Centres, Schools, Action For Children, Arc and other professionals in the community.
The purpose of consultation is to offer a space for Tier 1 and 2 professionals to reflect on a complex case, to receive input on the therapeutic management of the case or to consider an appropriate referral to CAMHS or to other agencies.
We offer a specialist mental health perspective and group participants offer their years of experience, knowledge, skills and understanding. It is very much a collaborative affair that encourages the development of a supportive and reflective team around the child or young person experiencing difficulties.
We offer training to Tier 1 and 2 professionals with the aim of building knowledge, skills and understanding so they are confident to help and support young people experiencing mental health difficulties and are able to recognize and manage mental health problems at an early stage.
If you are interested in learning more about the PMHT in Havering contact us at 0300 555 1124 or by email at: PMHT@nelft.nhs.uk
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