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CAMHS seize the moment at Good to Great Conference

23 Nov 18 - 22 Nov 19

Around 80 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) professionals and stakeholders from across the county gathered at The Colonnades in Hatfield for a conference this month.

Seize the day

HPFT’s Chief Executive Tom Cahill opened the event by thanking CAMHS staff for the progress in the service so far and said “Thank you for the way you work, what you do and how you’re embracing new models of working, whilst responding well to growing demands. Being there to listen is what is most important to our service users and living the Trust values by being welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional every day is what makes us tick.

“Seize today and take the opportunities to learn from others and share your ideas for how we can keep improving care for young people.”  

HPFT’s Managing Director of East and North Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Sandra Brookes set the scene with details of national and local key priorities for young people’s mental health as well as HPFT’s action plan.

CAMHS colleagues from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust then led workshops to share details of some innovative projects they’re involved in.

CAMHS Transformation

The focus of the afternoon sessions was on sharing the Vision for CAMHS and the Action Plan for achieving that Vision. Key actions are based around early intervention, improving access, holistic and collaborative working and harnessing developments in technology.

Managing Director of E&N SBU Sandra Brookes said: “Today’s agenda was packed with the very latest information on developments and our action plans for continuing to improve our CAMHS.

“I hope colleagues enjoyed the day and that they left with a clear understanding of the collaborative role we each need to play on our journey from Good to Great, which continues to move forward and gather pace.”   


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