Our Portman Clinic's expertise to support pan-London forensic CAMHS

3 May 2018

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is proud to announce that we have been successful in bidding to become the lead in offering Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (FCAMHS) in the North Central London & North East London regions.   

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FCAMHS is a new national initiative to develop England-wide specialist CAMHS for high risk young people with complex needs, split across different geographic regions.  

The North Central London and North East London regions cover 13 London boroughs, and we will operate a ‘hub and spoke’ model based at the Portman, with staff allocated to specific boroughs as a direct point of liaison.

We will provide expert advice and consultation, specialist assessments and interventional work and will offer support for children and young people making transitions into and out of secure services, based on the expertise of the Portman Clinic’s existing Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Service. 

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust FCAMHS team anticipate receiving our first referrals from early July, and welcome enquiries from any referring agency who may need support with complex forensic cases.

Dr. Jessica Yakeley, Director of the Portman Clinic and head of our FCAMHS team, said: 

“We’re delighted to play a key role in this national drive to better support forensic CAMHS, and draw on the specialised expertise of our skilled clinicians to assist colleagues across North Central London and North East London.”

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