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Temporary Covid-19 CAMHS Contingency Plan

In response to covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we are now in the process of enacting our contingency plans.

Our focus is to continue to provide essential and critical services to young people and their families and a gradual reduction and management of non-urgent work.

We are currently going through the process of ensuring that every young person is rag-rated based on risk/need and consequently developing plans that ensure young people are managed in a safe way through the crisis. This will include a combination of face to face contact as well as use of other mobile technologies.

We are also reviewing our staffing capacity in line with government guidance to ensure we support those staff with underlying medical conditions to work effectively from home as well as reviewing the daily impact of staff that might be self-isolating.

We are prioritising the provision of the following critical services and will remain under review:

· Crisis and home treatment intervention including admission avoidance and supporting discharges from Tier 4

· Daily Duty system

· Face to face review of ‘Red’ cases at clinics / diverting crisis from A&E to be assessed at clinic

· Daily triage functions for all new referrals (including CHUMS referrals)

· Assessment of urgent referrals.

We are also in contact with young people and families to ensure that they are fully informed of the plans. CHUMS, our Tier 2 providers, will continue to provide a service to their children and young people via telephone and skype where possible.

Thank you for your ongoing support especially in this very challenging time, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.


Jo Meehan

Associate Director, Bedfordshire & Luton CAMHS

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Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old