MK Specialist CAMHS is part of the Children’s Health Directorate within Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. It is a multi-disciplinary health service which delivers evidence based interventions to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties (Tier 2) and moderate to severe mental health difficulties (Tier 3). Tier 2 and 3 MK Sp CAMHS is available Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm (excluding bank holidays). Outside of these hours, children and young people can attend Milton Keynes Hospital Emergency Department following an episode of deliberate self-harm or overdose or if they believe they are suffering from a psychotic disorder.

MK Specialist CAMHS provides support to children and young people up to their 18th birthday. The child must reside in the Milton Keynes area and have a Milton Keynes GP or have plans to register in the immediate future.

The service aims to meet the needs of the child, young person and their families by using a range of psychological interventions.  On some occasions this may involve working with other agencies.

Prior to referral it is usually the case that there has been some involvement from other professionals such as GPs or Health Visitors.

Reasons for referral may include but are not limited to:

  • Significant behaviour problems
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Anxiety disorders including phobias
  • Obsession/compulsion
  • TIC disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Family relationship problems
  • Trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder

All new referrals are discussed within regular team meetings. Urgent referrals are given priority appointments and non-urgent referrals are placed on a waiting list. Referrals for those who are deemed not suitable for the service will be informed by letter as quickly as possible.

If your referral has been accepted, a letter clarifying this will be sent to you.

You can refer into the service by telephoning 01908 725 372.