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Developing a child and adolescent mental health service for children with learning disabilities

  • Kath Green, Chris Williams, Barry Wright and Ian Partridge (a1)
Abstract
Aims and Method

We discuss the development of a service for children with learning disabilities within a child and adolescent mental health team using the Health Advisory Service Together We Stand tier system. The paper also includes an audit of the service 8 months after it was started.

Results

We present a model of service that has proved successful to date. We give details from the audit of the service, its aims, funding, referral numbers, sources, types and criteria.

Clinical Implications

The audit suggests that the aims of the service are being achieved but given the fact that the numbers of new referrals significantly outweigh the discharge rate, it is concluded that a greater emphasis is placed on liaison, consultation and joint working with other agencies.

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Developing a child and adolescent mental health service for children with learning disabilities

  • Kath Green, Chris Williams, Barry Wright and Ian Partridge (a1)
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