NCSS Partners

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The National CAMHs Support Service (NCSS) worked closely with a range of partners.

NCSS was commissioned as a national service improvement and development programme by the Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Education (DfE) between 2003 and 2011.

The work of NCSS ceased on 31 March 2011. Resources will continue to be available on this website.

  • CAPA - Choice and Partnership Approach

    This website aims to provide everything you need to know about Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA): the 11 components, the basics, how to implement, troubleshooting, service evaluation, and stories of services who have implemented this approach. CAPA is a clinical system used in many CAMHS teams in the UK and internationally. It is informed by demand and capacity theory (The 7 Helpful Habits of Effective CAMHS) and has links with Lean Thinking, New Ways of Working, Our Choices in Mental Health and You’re Welcome Standards. Evaluation has shown that users are seen quickly, feel listened to and involved and that waits and non attendances are reduced, while staff describe increased job satisfaction, higher morale and improved team working. The book, The Choice and Partnership Approach: a guide to CAPA is available from the website.

  • Everybody's business: e-learning resources

    Everybody's Business is a set of free e-learning materials about the mental health of children and young people. It is aimed at people who work with children, young people and their families who are not mental health professionals. There are three e-learning courses: Understanding mental health; Mental health promotion; and Perinatal and infant mental health.

  • Association of Primary Mental Health Work and Training (CAMHS)

    Membership organisation for those working in the primary mental health worker (PMHW) role.

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU)

    CAMHS EBPU is an academic unit of Universtiy College London (UCL) and the Anna Freud Centre. It aims to develop and disseminate information about the latest research relating to helping children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and their families.

  • YoungMinds

    National charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children, young people and empowering their parents and carers. Includes a Parents Helpline, which offers free and confidential support for any adult concerned about the emotional problems or behaviour of a particular child or young person. Also produces booklets for parents and carers, and children and young people. The organisation is running projects such as, Very Important Kids project - a national participation project; YoungMinds in Schools; and Moving On - a project about looked after children. It is also host organisation for the BOND Consortium.

  • The National Advisory Council for children's mental health and psychological wellbeing (NAC)

    The National Advisory Council for children's mental health and psychological wellbeing (NAC) is an independent body that was set up following the publication of the National CAMHS Review. The NAC's remit is to: Champion the importance of mental health and psychological wellbeing and keep it as a national priority; Ensure that the recommendations in the CAMHS Review are effectively addressed; Hold Government to account for its progress on implementing the 20 recommendations from the CAMHS Review.

  • Children's Services Mapping

    Information at a national, regional and local level about child and maternity service provision and investment in England

  • Rethink: Helping young people maintain a healthy mental well-being

    An interactive website offering tips, advice and facts to young people about mental health issues. Includes blogs, and music downloads.

  • Department of Health (DH)

    Providing health and social care policy, guidance and publications for NHS and social care professionals.

  • Department for Education (DfE)

    The Department for Education was formed on 12 May 2010 and is responsible for education and children's services.

  • Strategic Health Authorities (SHA)

    SHAs manage the local NHS on behalf of the Secretary of State. This web page lists the ten regional SHAs and links to details of each.

  • Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

    The Social Care Institute for Excellence's (SCIE) work on children’s services supports Every Child Matters and the Children’s Plan launched by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in late 2007. Together, these documents set out the terms of a major reform and improvement of services for children and families in England. SCIE also supports priorities for children’s social services in Wales and Northern Ireland. SCIE is a member of the consortium running the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO). C4EO will identify and coordinate local, regional and national evidence of ‘what works’, to create a single and comprehensive picture of effective practice in delivering children's services. SCIE also continue to focus on the transition from children’s to adults’ services, children in care and disabled children. We continue to concentrate on support for parents with additional or special needs and the whole family implications for social care support. Key areas of work are: Looked after children: Support for parents and families; and Children’s health and well-being.


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