Pathways to Effective Transition

When it does occur, transition from CAMHS to AMHS is often poorly planned and executed, resulting in unsatisfactory experiences, even where a protocol is in place. Young people who do not make the transition commonly have neuro-developmental, emotional or personality disorders. Transition issues may exacerbated by differing eligibility thresholds, extremely variable service configurations and mutual misperceptions between clinicians in both CAMHS and AMHS.

A frequently overlooked group includes young people with undefined albeit pronounced mental health problems, related to chaotic lifestyles, fractured families and multiple needs arising out of exclusion from education, learning disability, being in local authority care, or having (their own or parental) issues around substance misuse. These young people may not access services readily, but later in their young adult lives when crisis point is reached, they are likely to make heavy demands on services whether through teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, criminal justice or housing and benefits. The costs to people’s lives as well as the drain on other resources are significant.

This course is designed for practitioners in CAMHS and AMHS to develop a mutual understanding, to appreciate how mental health services are experienced from the perspective of young people and to be motivated to change the ways they work. Ultimately all young people who need it should experience a good transition to the adult services best suited to their needs and wants.

Once you have reviewed all learning content you may undertake a multiple choice assessment in order to receive a certificate of completion.

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