Oxford Health’s Buckinghamshire Outreach Service for Children and Adolescents (OSCA) has achieved accreditation with the  Quality Network for Community CAMHS (QNCC).

QNCC is a members network hosted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists which works with professionals from health, social services, education and the voluntary sector to improve the quality of CAMHS services.

The Buckinghamshire OSCA service is one of only 10 CAMHS teams in the country to have achieved accreditation against the very high standards.

Donna Clarke, Interim Service Director for Buckinghamshire, said: “The accreditation is a fantastic accolade for the team and a good reflection of the caring and high quality service the team strives to deliver every day, I know the team have worked incredibly hard to meet, and more importantly, evidence the very high standards set.

“We’re all absolutely delighted. Congratulations to the OSCA team on such a fantastic achievement.

The service achieved accreditation following a two part review by the QNCC, which included the completion of a self-review questionnaire and an external peer review.

The QNCC found that: “The ethos of the team was very young person-focused and staff all seemed extremely passionate about what they do and driven to provide a good service.”

The QNCC recognised the significant achievements made at the service, including:

  • excellent links to the deaf CAMHS and learning disabilities services
  • efforts made with their partner children’s charity Barnado’s, in providing play therapists, volunteers and a buddy for some young people
  • impressive Emergency Department pathway and single point of access service
  • young people felt involved in the development of their care plan
  • all emergency presentations are seen on the same day or within 24 hours