Professionals, carer, and Parents
What is the Wellbeing hub?
The new model recognises that not all children and young people’s emotional and well-being needs are best supported in specialist CAMHS services but rather within their own wider networks of support.
The Wellbeing Hub will support children and young people with emotional and psychological needs/disorders by providing both assessments, signposting and referral to the most appropriate type of support from universal and Targeted services, and direct specialist support when required.
The Wellbeing hub is, therefore, the front door to all Local Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support services.
The Wellbeing Hub will accept self-referrals and Parent/Carer referrals along with referrals from professionals.
The Wellbeing Hub will process all referrals through a single point of access, and ensure CYP have access to a network of support including online support, self-help strategies, and voluntary community support services.
The Wellbeing Hub will also offer an integrated pathway between universal services and specialist community multidisciplinary CAMHS teams to ensure children and young people are offered the right intervention dependent on their need (which can fluctuate) with interventions along the care pathway responsive to these changing needs (as described in the Thrive quadrants).
The Wellbeing Hub will provide outreach, advice and consultation for partner agencies, along with brief intervention support when appropriate.
The Wellbeing Hub will also access specialised services such as inpatient services and specialist outpatient services such as Crisis support (Interact), Eating Disorder Services, Early Intervention in Psychosis services etc, as required, with a focus on providing early intervention and minimising the need for inpatient care.
As children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health affect all aspects of their lives, no one service alone will be able to meet all their needs.
Therefore a key ingredient of success in implementing this plan will be to fully explore new ways of working and develop collaborative arrangements with partners including schools, and the community voluntary sector to make our vision a reality.
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Guidance for parents
Please be aware that while we are happy to look at assessment reports and any prescribed treatments, medication and diagnosis, which you may have acquired from another NHS service, privately or historically, we are always required to conduct our own assessment before providing any form of intervention. All prescribers MUST make their own assessment before providing any prescriptions. In the interim, any ongoing medication or treatment that was recommended and/or prescribed as part of the previous assessment will need to be provided by that organisation. We will review this with you as part of our assessment, though we cannot guarantee that we will provide the same treatment, as any intervention will be informed by our clinical judgement. If you decide to seek a private second opinion outside the NHS, then you will be responsible for any cost incurred.