CAMHS - Routine Referrals - South Beds

SEPT_logo.pngSEPT's CAMHS clinic in South Bedfordshire provides a range of services on an out-patient basis as mentioned below.

  • Assessment and management of mental health disorders in children and young people up to the age 18 years
  • Psychiatric assessment and treatment, including medication
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Systemic Family Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Therapeutic support for Looked-After children and foster carers
  • School liaison and multi-agency working
  • Supportive Individual Therapy

South Bedfordshire CAMHS clinic is comprised of community psychiatric nurses, psychologists, family therapists, psychotherapist, play therapist, social workers and psychiatrists.

CAMHS deliver a multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment service which includes Care planning, risk assessments, monitoring, and where appropriate, multi-agency networking to support the child/young person and their family.

CAMHS accept referrals from GPs, Paediatricians, Social Workers, Teachers, Adults Mental Health Services, Health Visitors, school nurses, Youth Offending Service and General Hospital Services.

Upon receiving a referral, the team screens the referral for appropriateness and urgency. If the referral is deemed to be inappropriate, the referrer is written to explaining why referral has not been accepted with recommendations regarding appropriate sign-posting.

Once a referral is accepted then an initial assessment is offered to the child/young person and their family within 11 weeks of receiving the referral. The purpose of this assessment is to establish a formulation or diagnosis of the patient's mental health difficulties. This is then discussed within a CAMHS multi-disciplinary team meeting and a suitable course of treatment or therapy is offered to the patient and their family. This may also include an offer of working with agencies outside of CAMHS, such as schools, social services, paediatric clinics, general hospital services and other agencies involved.

  • Patients under the age of 18
  • Patients with moderate to severe or complex or chronic mental health difficulties (not responding to treatment at a primary care level)
  • Suffer substantial disability as a result of mental health difficulties
  • Recurring mental health crises
  • Patients with mental illness posing a significant risk to their own safety or that of others
  • Young people over the age of 18
  • Emotional/behaviour difficulties that are solely school-based
  • Young people without a suspected mental health problem
  • Children/young people with ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorders unless there is a co-morbid mental health issue
  • Young people with severe learning difficulties / neurological condition / family breakdown / abuse / neglect / conduct problems / alcohol or drug misuse without a suspected mental health problem
  • Children suspected of abuse or neglect should be referred to Social Services' Child Protection Department

CAMHS Clinic Contact Details

Dunstable CAMHS
Beech Close Resource Centre
5 Beech Close
Beech Road
Tel: 01582 707636
Fax: 01582 705080

Samaritans: A 24/7 helpline service which gives you a safe space where you can talk about what is happening, how you are feeling, and how to find your own way forward. Samaritans volunteers are ordinary people from all walks of life who understand that there are sometimes things that you just cannot talk about to the people around you. They know that very often, with some time and space, people are able to find their own solution within themselves.
Tel: 08457 90 90 90 (24/7)
PAPYRUS HOPELineUK: PAPYRUS aims to prevent young people taking their own lives. A professionally staffed helpline provides support, practical advice and information both to young people worried about themselves, and to anyone concerned that a young person may harm themselves. PAPYRUS has a range of helpful resources including HOPELineUK contact cards.
Tel: 0800 068 41 41 (Mon to Fri 10am - 5pm and 7pm - 10pn & Weekends 2pm - 5pm).

Childline: If you are worried about anything, it could be something big or something small, don't bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone. If there is something on your mind, ChildLine is here for you.
Tel: 08000 111

Mind: Provides information in a range of topics including types of mental distress, where to get help and advocacy. They are able to provide details of help and support for people in their own area.
Infoline: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri 9am - 6pm)

SANElineUK: Emotional support and specialist information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. SANE offers 1:1 support via helpline and email services and peer support via an online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences of mental illness, as well as exchanging information about treatment and support options.
SANEline: 0845 767 8000 (6pm - 11pm)

CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably:
Offers help via the website and a helpline for men aged 15-35 who are feeling depressed or down. Callers are offered support and information. Calls are free, confidential and anonymous. The helpline is open from 5pm - midnight, Sat, Sun, Mon and Tues, every week of the year.
Tel: 0800 585858. London callers may also call 0800 585858 or text 07537 404717, begin the first text CALM1.

NHS Direct: For health advice and reassurance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Tel: 0845 46 47

UK National Drugs helpline: A 24/7 service offering free and confidential telephone advice and information for anyone who is concerned, or has questions, about drugs.
Tel: 0800 77 66 00

Depression UK: A national mutual support group for people suffering from depression. Email:

Depression Alliance: Information, support and understanding for people who suffer with depression, and for relatives who want to help. Self-help groups, information, and raising awareness for depression.
Tel: 0845 123 23 20

Drinksmarter: Call free and at anytime to talk to someone in confidence.
Helpline: 0800 7 314 314

Big White Wall: A safe, online, anonymous service for people over the age of 16. Get the support of others who feel like you, 24/7, and learn ways to feel better and how to get on top of your own troubles.

Specialist help for people who self-harm

The National Self-Harm Network: A forum and resources for those who self-harm and their families, and for professionals who support them. Tips on what to do or say and what not to do or say if you are supporting someone who self-harms. Advice on the use of distractions if a person is trying not to self-harm.
Tel: 0800 622 6000 (7pm to 11pm)
Get Connected:  Offers help by telephone and email for young people (under 25) who self-harm.
Tel: 080 8808 4994 (1pm to 11pm) :  A project dedicated to supporting young people who are affected by self-harm. : offers information and support to all the UK's 16-25 year-olds. It includes specific support and advice about self-harm. : Internet Self-Harm Support Community. It also provides support for any emotional problems, in addition to self-harm.


CHUMS Bereavement Service: Child Bereavement and Trauma Service, Wrest Park Enterprise Centre, Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4HS.
Telephone: 01525 863924

CRUSE Bereavement Care: Helpline: 0844 477 9400; email:

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS): Helpline: 0844 561 6855 (9am - 9pm daily)

Last updated: 11/06/2012

Update due: 11/06/2013