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Published: 05 September 2017
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in NHSScotland: Characteristics of the workforce supply
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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 Workforce Project

The Scottish Needs Assessment Programme (SNAP) Report on Child and Adolescent Mental Health highlighted the importance of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and the need for development of these services within Scotland. In October 2005, the Scottish Executive (Government) published The Mental Health of Children and Young People: A Framework for Promotion, Prevention and Care Download pdf filewhich set the policy direction and a commitment to developing these services.

Delivery of good quality CAMH services depends on adequate numbers of well trained staff being available for career posts in services across NHS Scotland. In the context of the SNAP report and the emerging shape of the Framework, the Scottish Executive established a CAMH Workforce Group to identify ways in which to build capacity for promotion, prevention, care and treatment within CAMHS. Their report, The Mental Health of Children and Young People in Scotland: Getting the Right Workforce, Getting the Workforce Right, A Strategic Review (2005) Download pdf fileconsidered the workforce implications of the Framework and provided a range of proposals about how these might be met. The Group identified the need for accurate and up to date data about the CAMHS workforce in NHS Scotland, and a web based data collection system was launched in 2005 to capture this information.

From May 2010 the UK Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

As at 30 June 2017, the total number of clinical staff in post in NHS Scotland CAMHS was 1169 (headcount) with a whole time equivalent of 1004.1:

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A HEAT target has been developed by the Scottish Government which states that "By March 2013 no one will wait longer than 26 weeks from referral to treatment for specialist CAMH services." For more information on this target, please click here for a link to the NHS Scotland CAMHS Waiting Times page.

For further information on CAMHS Workforce, please contact:

Liz Jamieson :


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