Transforming CAMHS from the Ground Up

Transforming CAMHS from the Ground Up

A report on the CAMHS Transformation Clinical Champions Project, which aimed to deliver face to face and online learning to support and enable long term CAMHS transformation across England.

The CAMHS Transformation Champions project was funded by Health Education England and delivered by a partnership of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH), YoungMinds and MindEd during 2016 and early 2017.

The aim of the project was to deliver face to face and online learning to support and enable long term CAMHS transformation across England. This was done through working with Communities of Learning and Practice which included parents, young people and professionals to first explore the potential of the role and the priorities for focus.

Following this, a two-day training course was delivered to 144 ‘CAMHS Transformation Champions’ from across the country which covered aspects of transformation and whole system change, and identified areas for system leadership and how champions might work effectively to support transformation. Finally, the project produced six MindEd learning modules to cascade training to all CAMHS staff.

Participants for the two-day training were mainly senior clinicians (largely psychiatrists and clinical psychologists) and CAMHS managers. The idea of a recognised ‘Transformation Clinical Champion’ role was overwhelmingly supported throughout the project, including by young people and parents, as the contribution of clinical leadership was felt to be extremely important, and a crucial perspective to bring to any discussion about priorities and change. As one clinician wrote:

We need to own the change – shift our own perspective to co-owners rather than ‘victims’ of change being imposed upon us.

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To find out more about the project, you can read the report in full here:

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