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Based on the ward our Assessment and Adolescent Outreach Team is available to carry out crisis interventions, help prevent unnecessary admissions and assist the discharge planning process. If young people experience difficulty during the transition from inpatient to community care we can provide outreach without the need for them to return to hospital.

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Interlinked with assessment skills is the ability to create a tailored formulation of the child/young person’s difficulties and to feedback the results of a treatment plan. (See UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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Older patients can often give an articulate explanation of their difficulties but this might be from a very different viewpoint to their carers’, so talking with other members of the family often enhances the picture and enriches the quality of the assessment.

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The ability to undertake a thorough assessment is crucial if the CAMHS worker is to understand the difficulties that concern the child/young person and family. A multidimensional assessment of the child/young person’s needs aims to analyse different aspects of the child/young person and family’s functioning, and combine information from different methods and types of source. (UCL CAMHS Competence model).

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A central part of assessment includes considering any risk to the young person or to others. Risk assessment is a challenging task. Staff need to know the limits of their competence and when to use support and supervision.

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Risk assessment is a challenging task and can be carried out to varying levels of detail, following different types of risk assessment model. (UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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CAMHS staff need knowledge of professional and legal issues, and particularly the way in which these apply to clinical practice, assessment process, and to intervention: for example, legal frameworks, professional and ethical guidelines, issues of confidentiality, consent and capacity.

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Specialist training for staff is offered in: the ability to carry out a mental state examination, to make a diagnostic assessment to undertake structured behavioural observations, and to undertake structured cognitive functional and developmental assessments. (UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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A mental state examination is routine within a psychiatric assessment. (See UCL CAMHS Competence model).

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Based on the ward our Assessment and Adolescent Outreach Team is available to carry out crisis interventions, help prevent unnecessary admissions and assist the discharge planning process. If young people experience difficulty during the transition from inpatient to community care we can provide outreach without the need for them to return to hospital.

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