10 OCT 2014

Greg welcomes some improvements to local childrens' mental health services

Greg has welcomed a report that shows some improvements to the local Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

The report, submitted to Kent County Council's Health & Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) by West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, shows that waiting times have reduced and are now 4-6 weeks from an initial referral to assessment and 8-10 weeks from assessment to treatment. Back in January 2014, vulnerable young people in Tunbridge Wells were waiting nearly 4 months for an initial assessment.

The report also outlines plans to integrate the different areas of the service into one which will make it much easier for families to access CAMHS and to improve the transition arrangements between children's and adult's services which many families have complained about.

Greg commented:

"In January this year, I addressed KCC's Health & Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) to present evidence, drawn from constituents, on how families in my constituency were being let down by CAMHS.

"The KCC Committee unanimously backed my call for urgent action to improve the situation and I am very pleased that this has had some effect.

"This is a positive development for young people and their families, however I shall continue to keep a close eye on CAMHS to see that it does not slip back but continues to make further improvements."

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