Publish date: 26 January 2022

We’re asking CAMHS professionals and key referrers into CAMHS, including GPs, to take part in an online focus group to share their opinions on the current CAMHS referral pathway as part of an NIHR funded research project to Enhance the CAMHS Referrals process (EnCAMHS).  

We know there are some challenges with the CAMHS referral pathway, with around a quarter of children and young people who are referred ultimately not being offered treatment through CAMHS. The EnCAMHS project aims to understand what the difficulties are in making referrals to CAMHS services. We want to improve the quality of referrals to CAMHS so that only children and young people who can be helped by CAMHS are referred and so that others can be guided to receive help they need elsewhere. 

It is essential we hear from the professionals within CAMHS who regularly face challenges with inappropriate referrals as their opinions are invaluable when suggesting potential solutions.  

We are holding focus groups for CAMHS staff on the following dates: 

  • Thursday, 3 February - 4pm to 5.30pm
  • Thursday 10 February -12pm to 1pm 
  • Thursday 24 Feb - 11am to 12.30pm
  • Thursday 3 March - 4pm to 5.30pm 

Please contact to express interest or for any further information.