Following a transfer of service from Wiltshire Council in May 2012, the Trust officially launched its PCAMHS service in Wiltshire at two large stakeholder events in Devizes and Salisbury in October.

The former council run service has been redesigned and now offers all referrers in Wiltshire a Single Point of Access and telephone based pre-referral consultation and advice line throughout the day.  The service receives approximately 180 referrals per month for both primary and secondary mental health services for children and young people.

The launch events exceeded numbers expected and left standing room only at both events. Stakeholders including GPs, Speech and Language Therapists, Wiltshire Police, social care and education representatives attended the events.  The first event was opened by the Director of Commissioning, Julia Cramp, and included presentations from senior clinical staff and managers about what could be expected.  It concluded with a fantastic presentation by young people on how positive it has been for them to get involved in shaping mental health services in Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

After the event, a leading safeguarding colleague wrote:  “I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the PCAMHS launch.  Firstly, the way each element of the CAMHS service was presented was excellent, each speaker was clear and their passion and vision clearly articulated.  The participation of children and young people is evident which is fantastic.  Oxford Health NHS FT  yet again ase able to demonstrate a child-centred approach to service delivery and wonderful engagement with local professionals and service users.  Well done to the service.”

For more information about Wiltshire PCAMHS, please contact Louise Nicholl, Clinical Team Manager at



Michelle Maguire, Acting Head of CAMHS for Swindon, Wiltshire & Banes, speaking at the launch in Salisbury.