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National Benchmarking Project

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

NHS National Services Scotland ISD Scotland & NHS National Services Scotland

Consultation on publication

CAMHS in Scotland: Waiting Times, Service Demand & Workforce

ISD and NES are planning to merge Child and Adolescent Health Services (CAMHS) workforce, waiting times and benchmarking data in order to provide a fuller picture of CAMHS services in Scotland. Your input will help to inform the content of future releases of this information. To take part, please complete the Consultation by Tuesday 17 October 2017. A draft report featuring the merged data can be found here.

(Note: if you are using Chrome please first download the consultation form and save to allow you to submit)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Benchmarking

The main objective of the CAMHS Benchmarking Balanced Scorecard is to support efforts aimed at closing the gap between stakeholder aspirations and the outputs of specialist CAMH providers across Scotland. It will act as a lever, as a barometer of success and as a mechanism for ensuring enhanced quality, accountability and transparency. It is also a key component of the Scottish Government's commitment to Child and Adult Mental Health as outlined in the Mental Health Strategy for Scotland: 2012-2015

CAMHS Benchmarking Balanced Scorecard

The balanced scorecard is structured to provide a balanced view of the service incorporating the aims of the Quality Strategy domains within the following performance themes: Client/Patient Focus, Delivering Best Practice, Internal Processes and Best Use of Resources. It achieves this by taking a range of information on waiting times for young people receiving mental health services, the workforce employed to provide those services, hospital activity and several other contextual measures. The balanced scorecard comprises of a detailed set of data tables in the CAMHS toolkit and an interactive comparative dashboard.

Click the following link to access the latest release of the CAMHS benchmarking toolkit including data up to June 2017.

CAMHS Benchmarking Toolkit 2017/18 Download Excel file [1.8 Mb]

CAMHS Benchmarking Dashboard 2015/16

CAMHS Benchmarking Tier 4 Activity

Additional benchmarking management information on CAMHS Tier 4 activity is available to NHS Boards and Scottish Government colleagues from the link below:

Log in to CAMHs Tier 4 Activity

Tier 4 is defined as CAMHS specialist services for children and young people with severe complex mental health disorders such as day units, highly specialised outpatient teams and inpatient units.

If you would like access to the CAMHS Tier 4 Data or require further information, please contact


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