What we do
CAMHS is able to care for young people until the age of 18. A young person’s care may then be transferred to adult mental health services. CAMHS will support a young person through this transition and below is some information about what to expect during this time.
When will it happen?
When you reach 17 or 17 ½ and it’s felt that some additional support may be needed for you after you turn 18, CAMHS will begin talking to you about the possibility of a transition to the Adult Mental Health Service in your area.
The steps to entering this service will take place over a period of at least 6 months before your 18th birthday. This is to make sure that you feel supported and not overwhelmed during these changes. It also gives you time to meet the new people you’ll be working with and time to finish the work you’ve been doing with your worker at CAMHS.
Sometimes a transition to adult mental health services might not be needed. If this is the case, instead you might continue work with CAMHS up until 18 or you might be referred to a different service in Buckinghamshire e.g. Time to talk counselling.
What support is available?
Your CAMHS worker will be able to answer any questions you have about your transition but for more information take a look at Young minds guide to transitions below:
Some important things to remember during your transition
At your first appointment at Adult Mental Health Services, your new worker may ask to hear a bit about your journey at CAMHS, this is because they feel it’s important to hear your views as well as your CAMHS worker. Remember you have the right to be heard about your care and your opinions matter.
Meet the team
Our team were keen to give you an insight to what they do and how they help patients for the Adult Mental Health Teams.
Interview with Sandy (Support Worker)
Hello, my name is Sandy, I’m a support worker for the adult mental health team.
A support worker is someone who is unqualified: I’m not a nurse, I’m not a social worker.
I’m someone who is experienced in mental health and my role is to work with people in their own home, to help with medication, benefits, anything really that will help people to be independent of their care in their own home.
My job is very rewarding in many ways, but I think the most rewarding part is when people themselves set their own goals and achieve them.
It’s lovely to see the joy of people actually achieving something themselves.
It could be something simple like getting a routine going, where you get up and have a shower in the morning, that’s really important and sometimes not that easy.
Or it could be something not that easy like getting a paid job or voluntary work. Whatever your goal, that’s important to you and I’m here to help you achieve that, but it gives me great joy when people achieve it.
It is important to get to know a person because I’m going to work very closely with them and I find that meeting them in somewhere like a café, or maybe at their home if that’s what they prefer.
Meeting me with a family member or a friend makes it slightly easier for them to, however it suits them really to get to know them.
Body language is also very important, it’s important for me to be relaxed with people and smile because that put’s people at ease too.
This is very important, because at the end of the day it’s your care and if we come out with all these different things, goals and things that your to achieve and you’re not able to do that at that particular time it’s very disheartening so it’s really important, it’s important to listen to what an individual wants, what they feel they can achieve, how they want us to help them to achieve that.
I like to know that when we’ve done a care plan that they’ve had their say and that we’ve listened to them and they’ve put over what’s really important to them.
It changes from day to day, there are no two days that are the same which actually makes my job very interesting.
Some days I work with the Increase Support Team and that means that these people need a little extra support for the time being and we’ll go out in the morning and take their medication to them and support them with this just to help them to get into the routine of doing this themselves again really because it’s very easy to get out of the habit. So that’s one of the jobs I do.
I also take people shopping, and we talk about nutrition, I do like to know that people are getting their share of vegetables and fruit now and again.
I can help people find a plumber or a gardener, I can take people to interviews for their benefits, to doctor’s appointments, and it’s really whatever people need so it does change from day to day.
Last updated: 7 June, 2018