Our services

North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust provide a number of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  Here you’ll find key services and contact details.

Main contact details

Crisis Care Centre

Harplands Hospital

Hilton Road

Stoke-on-Trent

ST4 6TH

Tel: 0300 123 0907 Option 1

Service name

Crisis Care Centre

Service Based at

Crisis Care Centre

Harplands Hospital

Hilton Road

Stoke-On-Trent

ST4 6TH

Main contact number

0300 123 0907 Option 1

Service Hours

24/7

About the service

The Crisis Care Centre comprises of the following teams:

  • All age Access Team (incorporates the formally known CAMHS Hub)
  • Home Treatment Team (18-65 years)
  • High Volume Users Team
  • Place of Safety (Section 136)
  • Site Management/ Emergency Planning

We provide

  • A single point of contact for all Mental Health Crisis for individuals of all ages.
  • A prompt and expert triage/ assessment of needs.
  • A multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Advice and support to service users, families and carers.
  • Provide a culturally competent service, including ready access to interpreter services for minority languages and British Sign language.
  • A detailed understanding of the local population, its mental health needs and priorities, whilst providing a service that is sensitive to this and diversion and inclusion needs.
  • Provide support and advice to primary care through collaborative working.
  • Report the findings of assessments to referrers and other significant individuals in order to facilitate best care.

Referral criteria

Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis,  recognising that a crisis is unique to all individuals.

Referral routes

Self, family, carers

Professional, GP/ Primary Care Services, Police, Paramedics, Schools.

Independent sector services.

This list is not exhaustive but gives examples; the All age Access Team will accept referrals from any source whereby there is concern for an individual’s mental health.

How should a referral be made?

Self-referral – family/ carers should contact the Crisis Care Centre via telephone number 0300 123 0907 Option 1, where possible, in order to triage and arrange assessment venue and time appropriate to an individual’s needs.

Professionals – referrals either urgent or routine should contact the Crisis Care Centre via telephone number 0300 123 0907 Option 1, with the exception of routine GP referrals which are made via ERS.

Self-presentations are also accepted a triage assessment will be undertake in order to determine an individual’s needs, whereby a further assessment may be arranged at a venue and time appropriate to an individual’s needs.

Service name

Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Service

Service based at

Dragon Square Community Unit
2 & 3 Dragon Square
Chesterton
Newcastle-under-Lyme
ST5 7HL – click here to get directions from Google Maps

Service hours

9am-5pm – Monday to Friday

About the service:

The Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Service comprises of two teams.

  • Pre-School ASD team
  • School Age ASD team

The pre-school team see children up until their 5th birthday and the School Age team deal with children and young people from five years until their 18th birthday

We provide:

  • Comprehensive assessment to explore whether a child or young person meets the criteria for a diagnosis of ASD. This assessment will take place over a number of appointments and will include collecting information from parents and school, as well as a play-based assessment with the child or young person who is being assessed.
  • With parents consent, information will be sought from other professionals who have worked with their child and a school observation may be carried out. Parents will be provided with a written report following the assessment.
  • A post-diagnostic psychoeducation workshop for parents following their child receiving a diagnosis of ASD.

Referral criteria

We accept referrals of children and young people up to the age of 18 where there are concerns regarding social interaction, communication, and restricted and repetitive behaviours.

We also accept referrals for the post-diagnostic workshop for parents of children and young people who receive a diagnosis from another service.

Referral routes

  • Professionals working in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) providing that an initial assessment has been carried out and further specialist assessment or intervention by the School Age ASD team is recommended.
  • Community Paediatricians
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Parents of children and young people who have already received a written diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder are able to contact the service direct if they wish to receive some further intervention
  • GPs
  • School Nurses

How should a referral be made?

Referrals from professionals should be made in writing containing sufficient information to allow the team to understand why the referrer believes an ASD assessment is appropriate. All referrals should contain informed consent from the child and/or those holding parental responsibility.

Service name

North Staffordshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Service based at

2 & 3 Dragon Square
Chesterton

Newcastle-Under-Lyme
ST5 7HL

Telephone number: 01782 408354 

Service hours

9am – 5pm – Monday to Friday

About the service

We work with children and young people who are experiencing significant difficulties with their emotional wellbeing/ mental health, or where there are concerns regarding their development, which could be consistent with a neuro-developmental disorder such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), assessment for children over 6 years of age.
 

What we do

We offer an assessment to understand a child/ young person’s difficulties and where appropriate deliver specialist interventions guided by evidence-based practice and guidelines.  We offer a range of therapeutic options including:
  • Psycholgical assessment.
  • Neuro-developmental assessment.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for difficulties including anxiety and depression.
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) for young people having difficulties regulating their emotions.
  • Behavioural work for young people experiencing phobias, anxiety and low mood.
  • Systemic Family Work.
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR).
  • The New Forest Programme for parents of young children diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • Triple P Parenting Programme.
 Please note: We do not offer counselling services, as our partnership agencies have the expertise to deliver a counselling model and are therefore best placed to see children requiring this intervention.
 

Who we work with

Children, young people (up to the age of 18 years) and their families, where there are significant concerns regarding their Emotional Wellbeing/ Mental Health or development.

We can assess children who have a mild learning disability.  Children with a diagnosis of moderate to severe learning disability will be referred to the CAMHS LD Team for assessment.

We will work collaboratively with other agencies involved in children/ young people’s care including Education, Health and Social Care.

How you can refer to us

All referral for the service are made through the Crisis Care Centre by self-referral, General Practitioners (GP) and other agencies including Education and Social Care.
 

Contact number: 0300 123 0907, Option 1 

Service name

North Stoke Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Service based at 

Roundwell Place

Roundwell Street

Tunstall

Staffordshire,

ST6 5JJ

Telephone number: 0300 123 0987

Service Hours

9am – 5pm Monday to Friday

About the Service

North Stoke CAMHS supports the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
We are a child and adolescent community mental health team consisting of staff from a range of backgrounds including Mental Health Nurses, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Practitioners, Play and Parenting Specialists, Occupational Therapist and Administrators. All staff are employed by the NHS.

What we do

We work with children and young people who are experiencing significant difficulties with their Emotional Wellbeing/ Mental Health, or where there are concerns regarding their development which could be seen as consistent with a neuro-developmental disorder such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD assessment for children over 6 years of age.

We offer assessments to understand a child/ young person’s difficulties and where appropriate deliver specialist interventions guided by evidence-based practice and guidelines. We offer a range of therapeutic options including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for difficulties including anxiety and depression.
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) for young people having difficulties regulating their emotions.
  • The New Forest Programme for parents of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • Triple P Parenting Programme.
  • Systemic Family work.
  • Behavioural work for young people experiencing phobias, anxiety and low mood.
  • Psychological assessment.
  • Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment.
  • Neuro-developmental assessment.

Please note: We do not offer counselling services, as our partnership agencies have the expertise to deliver a counselling model and are therefore best placed to see children requiring this intervention.

Who we work with

Children, young people (up to the age of 18 years of age) and their families, where there are significant concerns regarding their Emotional Wellbeing/ Mental Health or development. We can assess children who have a Mild Learning Disability. Children with a diagnosis of Moderate to Severe Learning Disability will be referred to the CAMHS LD Team for assessment.

We work collaboratively with other agencies involved in children/ young people’s care, including Education, Health and Social Care.

How you can refer to us

All referrals for the service are made through the Crisis Care Centre by self-referral, or via General Practitioners (GP) and other agencies including Education and Social Care.

Contact number: 0300 123 0907 Option 1

Service Name

South Stoke Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
 

Service based at 

Blurton Health Centre
Ripon Road
Blurton
Staffordshire
ST3 3BS

Telephone number:  0300 123 0977

Service Hours

9am -5pm Monday to Friday

About the service

South Stoke CAMHS supports the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. 
We are a child and adolescent community mental health team consisting of staff from a range of backgrounds including Mental Health Nurses, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Practitioners, Social Workers, Play and Parenting Specialists, Occupational Therapist and Administrators.
 

What we do

We work with children and young people who are experiencing significant difficulties with their Emotional Wellbeing/ Mental Health, or where there are concerns regarding their development which could be seen as consistent with a neurodevelopmental disorder such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD assessment for children over 6 years of age.

We offer assessments to understand a child/ young person’s difficulties and where appropriate deliver specialist interventions guided by evidence-based practice and guidelines. We offer a range of therapeutic options including:

  • Psychological Assessment.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for difficulties including anxiety and depression.
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) for young people having difficulties regulating their emotions.
  • Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment.
  • Neuro-developmental assessment.
  • The New Forest Programme for parents of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • Triple P Parenting Programme.
  • Systemic Family work.
  • Behavioural work for young people experiencing phobias, anxiety and low mood.

Please note: We do not offer counselling services, as our partnership agencies have the expertise to deliver a counselling model and are therefore best placed to see children requiring this intervention.

Who we work with

Children, young people (up to the age of 18 years of age) and their families, where there are significant concerns regarding their Emotional Wellbeing/ Mental Health or development. We can  assess children who have a Mild Learning Disability. Children with a diagnosis of Moderate to Severe Learning Disability will be referred to the CAMHS LD Team for assessment.

We work collaboratively with other agencies involved in children/ young people’s care, including Education, Health and Social Care.

How you can refer to us

All referrals for the service are made through the Crisis Care Centre by self-referral, or via General Practitioners (GP) and other agencies including Education and Social Care.

Contact number: 0300 123 0907 Option 1

Service name

Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service

Service based at

The Bennett Centre

 Richmond Terrace

 Stoke-on-Trent

ST1 4ND.

Telephone Number  01782 408383

About the service

We are a service that works with children and young people aged 8 to 18 who have a diagnosis of an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa and atypical eating disorders. 

Our team is made up of a consultant psychiatrist, consultant paediatrician, dietician, therapists and mental health practitioners, health care support workers and our admin who keeps everything together.

What we do

Our aim is to support young people and their families to recover from their eating disorder by learning what is keeping the problem going, provide a space to talk about their fears and worries and find ways to manage which are not harmful to them.

We use a number of different therapies to support our young people and their families, to get better including Family Therapy, CBT-e and where appropriate our psychiatrist will look at medication that can help with mood and anxiety.

 We offer individual work, dietetic input, family therapy and we also have a parent/ carer group that occurs once a month.  Our health care support workers provide meal support to those who need a bit more help with improving their eating pattern and this can be at home or in school as necessary.

Who we work with

Children, young people (up to 18 years of age) and their families, where there are significant concerns regarding their eating behaviours and impact of this on physical and psychological wellbeing.

How you can refer to us

All referrals for the service are made through the Crisis Care Centre by self-referral, or via General Practitioners (GP) and other agencies including Education and Social Care.

Contact number: 0300 123 0907 Option 1

Service name

Darwin Centre Inpatient Unit

Service based at

Darwin Centre
Queens Road
Penkhull
ST4 7LF – click here to get directions from Google Maps

Service hours

24/7

About the service

The Darwin Centre is a regional 15-bedded inpatient unit, providing specialist mental health services for young people and their families. The centre is open 24/7. The catchment area covers Staffordshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands.

The primary function of The Darwin Centre is to provide assessment and treatment facilities for youngsters with mental health disorders (including deliberate self harm, acute psychosis and eating disorders). Youngsters are admitted for completion of a comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessment which involves developing an understanding of their mental health and psychological wellbeing, in the context of their developmental, social, family and educational history. This includes work with young people and their families at all stages of their treatment.

The service provided is for young people within the age range of 12-18 years. Exclusions due to physical, mental or behavioural illness or disability cannot be specified and are assessed on an individual basis. However, young people with moderate to severe generalised learning disabilities, those under a secure care order and those whose primary difficulty is substance or alcohol misuse, will not normally be treated at the Centre.

Referral criteria

Referrals are taken from CAMHS Tier 3 community teams, Early Intervention teams and dependent on age, adult mental health teams.

Service name

Dragon Square Specialist Short Break Service

Service based at

Dragon Square Community Unit
4 & 5 Dragon Square
Chesterton
Newcastle-under-Lyme
ST5 7HL – click here to get directions from Google Maps

Service hours

24/7

About the service

This is a specialist service for children and young people (aged 5-18 years), with a diagnosed severe learning disability and additional complex health needs, which require Registered Nursing Care whilst the child is away from home. These needs may either include severe and significant challenging behaviour, which could not be managed in other respite settings, or medical/physical conditions requiring regular and frequent nursing interventions.

Children and young people accessing the service will reside in North Staffordshire i.e. Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire Moorlands.

Service name

Early Intervention

Service based at

Hope Centre
Upper Huntbach Street
Hanley
Stoke-on-Trent
ST1 2BX – click here to get directions from Google Maps

Service hours

9am-5pm – Monday to Friday

About the service

The Early Intervention Team is a dedicated service for those aged 14-64 years. It supports service users and families affected by a first episode of psychosis or at risk mental states. The team are implementing the access and waiting times standard by delivering NICE concordant interventions in a timely way.

The service vision is:

  • To improve the life chances of those affected by a first episode of psychosis.
  • To provide a person centred recovery approach that responds to the needs and aspirations of those we work and engage with.
  • To reduce the time it takes to provide effective treatment and support when a person first starts to become unwell.
  • To respond with compassion and care, instilling hope and optimism for the future.
  • To provide a service that delivers a socially inclusive approach strengthening users social capital.
  • To work effectively and creatively with users and partners to deliver recovery outcomes.

The Early Intervention Team has a dedicated website, which can be found here.

Service name

Mental Health Support Team (MHST)

Service Hours

8am-5pm Monday to Friday

About the service

The new Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) will be working within educational provisions to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems.

What we do

The Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHP), who are part of the MHST, are new roles providing early intervention to better address emerging mental health needs. Their role is intended to implement an effective whole school approach to mental health to improve outcomes, whilst also being able to provide brief, evidence-based interventions at an early stage of need and reduce the need for future specialist CAMHS interventions.

The rest of the team are made up of staff from other professional backgrounds such as social work, mental health nursing and child nursing.

The MHST can help signpost to services that may be better placed to meet the wide and varying needs of children and young people and their families without the need to access CAMHS.

Who we work with

The children and young people we see are those attending education from the age of 5 up to 18. A list of the schools that we cover is below, as currently not all schools in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire area are included.

STOKE-ON-TRENT SCHOOLS

  • Abbey Hill School and performing arts
  • Abbey Hulton Primary
  • Ball Green Primary
  • Birches Head Academy
  • Burnwood Primary
  • Carmountside Primary
  • Clarice Cliffe                 
  • Discovery
  • Gladstone  
  • Grove Academy
  • Haywood Academy
  • Kingsland Academy
  • Maple Court Academy 
  • Merit PRU
  • Mill Hill Primary
  • Moorpark Junior School
  • Ormiston Horizon Academy
  • Ormiston Meridian
  • Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews 
  • PM training           
  • Portland School Specialist            
  • REACH Academy
  • St. Nathaniel’s Academy
  • St Peters     
  • St Thomas More  
  • Stoke College    
  • Sutherland Primary Academy 
  • The Crescent Academy
  • The Meadows Primary        
  • Watermill School   
  • 6th Form College

NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE SCHOOLS             

  • All Saints CE CV First School 
  • Beresford Memorial CE CV School 
  • Biddulph High School
  • Blackshaw Moor CE CV First School
  • CEDARS
  • Chesterton Community College
  • Chesterton Primary School
  • Churchfields Primary School
  • Churnet View Middle School
  • Crackley Bank Primary School
  • Dovebank Primary School
  • Horton Lodge Community Special School
  • James Bateman Junior High School
  • Kingsfield First School
  • Knypersley First School
  • Leek First School
  • Leek High Specialist Technology School
  • Moor First School  
  • Oxhey First School
  • Springhead Community Primary School
  • Squirrel Hayes First School
  • St Chads Primary School
  • St Johns the Evangelist Primary School
  • St Saviours Primary School
  • St Thomas Primary School
  • The Kidsgrove Primary School
  • The Kidsgrove Secondary School
  • The Kings C of E Secondary School
  • Thursfield Primary School
  • Westwood College
  • Westwood First School
  • Woodhouse Academy                        

Service name

Paediatric Psychology

Service based at

Dragon Square Community Unit
2 & 3 Dragon Square
Chesterton
Newcastle-under-Lyme
ST5 7HL – click here to get directions from Google Maps

Service hours

9am-5pm – Monday to Friday

About the service

The Paediatric Psychology Team provides a specialist psychological service to children, young people aged 0-18 and their parents and families where there are psychological issues related to acute or chronic physical illness or traumatic injury.

Team members undertake psychological assessment and intervention. They also work jointly with other professionals and agencies and provide support, consultation and training about psychological issues.

The service covers North Staffordshire. Referrals are also accepted for out of area children and young people whilst they are inpatients / receiving medical care at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.

Team members work directly with the following specialties:

  • Oncology
  • Children’s Palliative and Complex Care
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Gastroenterology
  • Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

A small number of general paediatric referrals are also accepted from a range of other specialities.

Service name

Yellowhouse – Looked After Children CAMHS

Service based at

Dragon Square Community Unit
2 & 3 Dragon Square
Chesterton
Newcastle-under-Lyme
ST5 7HL – click here to get directions from Google Maps

Telephone number – 01782 408319

About the service

The Looked After Children’s CAMHS team provides a comprehensive therapeutic and consultation model of service delivery to the looked after children of Stoke on Trent and their professional and care networks. The LAC CAMHS team has close working and collaborative relationships with the Local Authorities ‘Children in Care’ and ‘Safeguarding’ Social Work teams from where it receives all of its referrals.

The team is comprised of Psychologists and Therapists who work closely with all community and specific CAMHS teams and have access and support from other colleagues such as Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Social Workers and Mental Health Nurses.

What we do:

We are a specialist CAMHS team that works closely together to make sure that children and young people who are in care have lives that are as psychologically healthy as possible. We work especially with children and young people who are experiencing difficulties with attachment and developmental trauma, either directly within a therapeutic relationship or often with their wider care and professional networks.

We offer a range of direct or systemic therapeutic interventions and also consultation, training and group work, some of which are listed below;

  • Psychological Assessments.
  • Specialist Consultations.
  • Marschak Interaction Method Assessments (MIM).
  • Theraplay
  • Play Therapy.
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
  • Child Psychotherapy.
  • Integrative Therapy.
  • Cognitive Assessments.
  • LINE (love is not enough) training: an 8 week specialist therapeutic re-parenting intervention.
  • Specific Training; therapeutic play, vicarious trauma, self-injury, stress regulation and attachment etc.
  • TTAG (therapeutic trauma and attachment group).
  • Mental State Assessments.

Who we work with:

We work with children and young people up to the age of 18 and their carers and professional networks where the referred person is subject to a Full Care Order, Interim Care Order or Section 20 of the Children’s Act. The referred person’s primary presentation should relate to concerns about attachment difficulties and developmental trauma or where there is a risk of current placement breakdown.

How you can refer to us:

All referrals to the service are made by the child or young person’s Social Worker who will be exercising parental responsibility on behalf of the Local Authority when a child is placed in care. We require a signed consent form from the child’s Social Worker or young person directly if appropriate and a completed SDQ form scoring 17 or over. Referrals are made through the Crisis Care Centre:

Contact Number: 0300 123 0907 Option 1

Contact us directly:

We welcome any enquiries and can be contacted at our base, details above

Service name

Youth Offending Service

Service based at

Castle House
Barracks Road
Newcastle
Staffshire
ST5 1BL – click here to get directions from Google Maps

Service hours

8.30am-5pm – Monday to Thursday
8.30am-4.30pm – Friday

About the service

The Youth Offending Service works across the youth justice system as part of a wider team of staff from social, health, education, housing, police, probation, and drugs and alcohol misuse services. This multi-disciplinary team works together to find out the specific problems that make a young person offend and measure the risk that they pose to themselves and others.

The team works closely with local child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS).

It provides support for a young person’s emotional and mental health as well as acting as an advocate for young offenders deemed to have mental health problems.

The team supports young people on a one-to-one basis, or in partnership with other services in the area, and can give someone further therapeutic support if this is needed. This can be on a one-to-one basis or through group work. In cases where it appears to be in the best interests of the young person a referral can be made to staff working in CAMHS, who will then support the young person.