On 18 August 2010 a report on primary care trust and NHS trust performance against the NHS Operating Framework was published.

Data in relation to Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is included within the report and provides some useful data with regard to the provision of the service. Readers will be aware that the requirement to ensure patients aged under 18 admitted to hospital for mental disorder are accommodated in an environment that is suitable for their age was introduced via the Mental Health Act 1983 on 1 April 2010.

In relation to CAMHS, the report provides data regarding:

  • the amount of time patients under 18 years spend on CAMHS wards and adult psychiatric wards; there is a breakdown for those aged under 16 and those aged 16-17;  
  • the rating of local CAMHS services including whether:  
    • a full range of CAMHS services for children and young people with learning disabilities has been commissioned; and  
    • 16 and 17 year olds who require mental health services have access to services and accommodation appropriate to their age and level of maturity;  
  • arrangements are in place to ensure that:  
    • 24 hour cover is available to meet urgent mental health needs of children and young people;  
    • a specialist mental health assessment is undertaken within 24 hours or the next working day where indicated; and  
    • a full range of early intervention support services is delivered in universal settings and through targeted services for children experiencing mental health problems commissioned by the local authority and PCT in partnership.

The figures show some marked differences across England. The figures can also be used to compare with data published for the period January to March 2010 which can be accessed here.