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ACCESS Child and Youth Mental Health Service

ACCESS Child and Youth Mental Health Service is a single point of referral  providing access to help for children and young people in Wandsworth up to the age of 18 years, who may have mental health needs.

The service is made up of experienced mental health professionals and aims to be responsive and accessible to families, as well as those professionals who are working with, or are concerned about a child or young person.

The service will accept referrals:

  • of children and young people up to their 18th birthday
  • who are registered with a Wandsworth GP and
  • who are experiencing mental health difficulties and/or
  • who present with psychological and well-being needs.

The principles of the ACCESS Service are to offer each child or young person a service which provides earlier intervention and detection of difficulties, through direct assessments and conversations with those who know the child or young person best.

ACCESS Child and Youth Mental Health may be able to help by seeing young people at community locations, but if the service cannot help directly it will refer and signpost to professionals that can in consultation with families and young people. This includes Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The service can provide consultancy to professionals in relation to young people with whom they are working.

This service is for young people who may be

  • experiencing difficulties with Mood or worries finding it hard to cope
  • struggling with their behaviour,
  • having thoughts and feelings that affect their sense of well-being.

Any queries about referrals can be directed to 020 3513 6631. Referrers are welcome to speak to a member of the Administration Team or the professional on duty who can help to think through what the most helpful next step will be.

This service is provided by South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust and Wandsworth Council.

All referrals are confidential and will be treated with complete discretion.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ross Truscott
Contact Position
Team Manager
Telephone
020 3513 6200 (Fax line for referrals)
020 3513 6631
Website
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Parent Organisation
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

Where to go

Name
Harewood House (Building 1)
Address
Springfield University Hospital,
61 Glenburnie Road
Tooting
London
Postcode
SW17 7DJ

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
Session Information
Appointments are usually held at 10.30am or 1.30pm

Other Details

Costs

Details
This is a free service provided by the NHS

Availability

Age Ranges
up to 18 years
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

To use this service a professional such as a General Practitioner (GP), Special Needs Coordinator (SENCo), or Social Worker needs to make a referral. This is usually done with a parent / carer or young person, through the completion of an Early Help Assessments (EHA) form.  This collects information about the concerns, strengths and the child’s needs. Alternatively, where a suitable specialist assessment has already taken place e.g. by a social work assessment, a referral can be made without an EHA.

There are two main referral routes into the service:

  • Clinician/Professional referral:  Written referrals from GPs and other primary care professionals are accepted. Referrals should be faxed or sent to Joan Bicknell Centre, Building 19, Springfield University Hospital, SW17 7DJ. Referrals from professionals should ideally be sent using the Early Help IT system (EHITS).
  • Parents, carers, young people from 16 up and professionals without access to EHITS can send referrals by fax to 020 8672 0831 or by letter or should call 020 3513 6631 for advice.

Note: Any same day, or out of hours emergencies should be directed to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department where an assessment of risk will be made by an out of hours liaison service.

Other notes
Complaints: Initially these should be addressed to the clinicians involved. In the case of any complaints that cannot be resolved in this way, these should be directed to Ross Truscott, team manager on 020 3513 6631.

Local Offer

Description

What is Wandsworth’s Local Offer ?

To use this service you:

  • can refer yourself or your child; or
  • you could be referred by your doctor (GP) or other health practitioner

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