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How long is the waiting list?

Waiting times vary and can go up and down depending on demand.

A number of things influence how long people wait. These include changes in demand (referral rates) and capacity (staffing) as well as how much flexibility families have in when and where they can get to appointments.


Waiting for Routine Referrals

Next Steps Clinic

Most children and young people seen for the first time by CAMHS are seen in a Next Steps clinic. We aim to see children and young people waiting for a first Next Steps appointment within 12 weeks. Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing longer wait times than the normal 12 weeks.  We apologise for this and are working hard to try and ensure that wait times are reduced as quickly as possible. 

The average* length of time children and young people attending a first Next Steps appointment in August 2019*** waited was 9.7 weeks**. The longest wait was 14.1 weeks**.

Community Eating Disorder Team

Children and young people with a possible eating disorder are seen by our specialist eating disorders service. We aim to see these children and young people within 4 weeks.

The average* length of time children and young people with a possible eating disorder waited for a first non-urgent appointment in August 2019*** was 2.0 weeks**. The longest wait was 3.3 weeks**.


Waiting for Urgent Assessments

These young people and children need to be seen quickly and we prioritise them. For example a young person with significant mental health problems or someone who has a suspected eating disorder and is losing weight rapidly. We aim to see all children and young people who need an urgent appointment within a week. 

Community CAMHS: The average* length of time children and young people who needed to be assessed urgently (but not as an emergency) waited in August 2019 was 5 days**. The longest wait was 10 days**.

Community Eating Disorders Team:  The average* length of time children and young people who needed to be assessed urgently (but not as an emergency) waited In August 2019 was 0 days. The longest wait was 0 days***  (No urgent referrals in August-19)

 


Waiting for Emergency Assessments

These young people and children need to be seen very quickly. For example: someone who has been hospitalised after trying to seriously hurt themselves. We aim to see children and young people who need an emergency appointment on the same day.

The average* length of time children and young people who needed to be assessed as an emergency waited in August 2019*** was 01 hour 50 minutes **. The longest wait was 06 hours **.

Notes:

*We use the mean to calculate the average wait (we add all the waiting times up and divide by the number of people seen)from CAMHS receiving the referral. We expect roughly half the people seen will have had shorter waits and half longer. We include the longest waiter to make it easier to work out what this could mean for you.

**This figure includes people who have chosen not to accept the first appointment offered for personal reasons.

**Waiting times are updated midmonth for the month before. Figures updated 03/09/2019 (Next update due mid-October 2019)

This page was reviewed and updated on 1.1.2019 (next review due January 2020)

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