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A national survey of current provision of waiting list initiatives offered by child and adolescent mental health services in England

Valentine, Althea Z; Sayal, Kapil; Brown, Beverley Jane; Hall, Charlotte L

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Althea Z Valentine

KAPIL SAYAL kapil.sayal@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry



Abstract

Background: Children and young people accessing child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) often report delays in receiving an assessment and commencing treatment. In 2018, the James Lind Alliance acknowledged developing CAMHS waiting-list interventions (WLI) as a top 10 priority.
Aims: This study aimed to examine the current provision of WLI in CAMHS.
Methods: During 2021, an online survey was sent to each National Health Service (NHS) trust providing CAMHS in England, to explore provision of WLI within their trust.
Findings: Of the 57 CAMHS trusts identified as meeting inclusion criteria, survey responses were received from 16 trusts, 12 of which had implemented WLI, a large proportion of these were digital interventions. Barriers and facilitators to WLIs were identified, particularly availability of staff.
Conclusions: WLIs are being used in some trusts but with limited evidence of evaluation, further research on the acceptability and effectiveness of WLI is warranted.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 28, 2023
Online Publication Date May 9, 2023
Publication Date Apr 2, 2023
Deposit Date May 3, 2023
Publicly Available Date Oct 3, 2023
Journal British Journal of Child Health
Print ISSN 2633-5417
Electronic ISSN 2633-5425
Publisher Mark Allen Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 2
Pages 78-83
DOI https://doi.org/10.12968/chhe.2023.4.2.78
Keywords CAMHS; wait list initiative; children's mental health
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/20280425
Publisher URL https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/full/10.12968/chhe.2023.4.2.78

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