Transforming Tier 4 child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and reducing out-of-area bed use

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About 65% of south London children and young people needing inpatient beds were cared for outside the South London Partnership’s (SLP) area during 2016/17, on average 73 miles from home.

Growing demand on services included escalations from Tier 3 to Tier 4 CAMHS and increased admissions. 

SLP’s three trusts — Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust — needed to make changes so more children and young people were cared for closer to home, with fewer out-of-area placements. 

It wanted to reduce inpatient demand so fewer young people needed to be admitted to Emegency Departments, acute and mental health wards.

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