In addition to an awareness of the national and local focus on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Healthwatch Derbyshire had received a cluster of comments from users of CAMHS, which were of mixed sentiment. This led Healthwatch Derbyshire to choose CAMHS as a work priority from January – March 2015. The aim was to explore these experiences in more detail, to find out what was working well, and what could be improved.
These reports will provide service providers and commissioners with some useful insight into how service users experience CAMHS, support service development plans and provide suggestions for improvement.
CAMHS Report – North Derbyshire
CAMHS Report – South Derbyshire
Recommendations made in the reports for CAMHS providers and commissioners were fed into Future in Mind Transformation Plan as stated in page 57 of the below report:
Derbyshire County and Derby CIty Future in Mind Local Transformation Plan 2015-2020
Since 2014, 33 local Healthwatch across the country have spoken to over 1,000 people to understand their experiences of using autism services and what improvements can be made.
Children and young people with autism – Findings from the Healthwatch network