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A child and adult psychiatrist discussion on the development of a youth mental health service

Lucy Hunn (Department of Clinical Psychology and Research, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, UK and the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)
Tim Clarke (Department of Clinical Psychology and Research, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust, Norwich, UK; East of England Metal Health Team, NHS England and NHS Improvement, London, UK and the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)
Amit Bhaduri (Jigsaw Youth Mental Health Service, Barwon Health, Geelong, Australia)
Sarah Maxwell (The Children, Family and Young people’s Service, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, UK)
Jon Wilson (Jon Wilson is based at the Department of Psychiatry and Research, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust, Norwich, UK and CLin Psych, University of East Anglia Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Norwich, UK)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Article publication date: 24 October 2022

Issue publication date: 28 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Young people can often “fall through the gaps” between Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) and Adult Mental Health services (AMHS). This discursive viewpoint study aims to reflect a conversation among the authors on how CAMHS and AMHS psychiatry came together to develop and embed a UK community “Youth Mental Health Service”.

Design/methodology/approach

This reflective viewpoint study explores the perspectives of three of the lead CAMHS and AMHS psychiatrists from the implementation phase of a community youth mental health service. It explores, in a discursive way, these individuals’ views on some of the key facilitators and barriers in the development of the service that aimed to “bridge the gap” for young people.

Findings

These clinicians’ reflections recognise the importance of strong clinical leadership in enabling a youth/young adult model of mental health to be implemented. They also recognise how culture internal and external to a service has a key role to play in the success and sustainment of implementing an innovative model. This study describes a merging of CAMHS and AMHS psychiatry to meet the needs of young people in the most developmentally appropriate way.

Originality/value

This reflective study highlights the need for services and systems to think creatively about how they can allow flexibility for CAMHS and AMHS psychiatrists to learn and plan together, as well as gain experiences across the age ranges, to facilitate collaborative working that is developmentally appropriate and meets the needs of young people in a way that is accessible to them.

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Citation

Hunn, L., Clarke, T., Bhaduri, A., Maxwell, S. and Wilson, J. (2022), "A child and adult psychiatrist discussion on the development of a youth mental health service", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 303-308. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMH-08-2022-0082

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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