New Ways of Working in child and adolescent mental health services ‐ 'keep the baby but throw out the bathwater'
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Article publication date: 24 September 2009
This paper focuses on the policy context that led to the development of the New Ways of Working in child and adolescent mental health services (NWW CAMHS) project and the future direction of change that is its legacy. NWW CAMHS represents a merging of policy and practice across what is sometimes a divide between adult and child services. In some aspects, CAMHS had already adopted what became known as a NWW in adult mental health with multidisciplinary teams characterised by dispersed patterns of responsibility and leadership. In other areas, particularly the involvement of service users and carers, CAMHS has been less forward‐thinking. There continues to be a significant workforce challenge for children's services and a risk that innovation and development will not be fully inclusive of the full range of service users' needs. It is important that the lessons learned from the national workforce programme are kept while the usual boundaries to development across services are broken down.
Morris, T., Anderson, Y. and Nixon, B. (2009), "New Ways of Working in child and adolescent mental health services ‐ 'keep the baby but throw out the bathwater'", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 10-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/17556228200900020
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