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CAMHS Paediatric Liaison (Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital)

How our service can help you

We specialise in assessment and treatment of children and young people up to 18 years old that present at St. Thomas' Hospital.

Our team provide emergency psychiatric services in A&E for young people up to 18. This includes assessment and management of young people who present with self-harm, and other psychiatric emergencies such as psychosis.

We also providing support for neuropsychiatric emergencies on the paediatric wards, such as young people with severe agitation or those with delirium in the context of a range of medical and neurological conditions.

We offer diagnosis, assessment and treatment of psychological and psychiatric conditions in young people with physical illnesses such as Epilepsy, Diabetes, Asthma or Crohn's Disease.

Our team provide assessment and management of complex symptoms. Often young people have severe and disabling symptoms in which a medical cause has been hard to understand. These types of conditions may be described as Ômedically-unexplained', Ôfunctional', Ôpsychogenic', or Ôpsychosomatic symptoms'.

Many patients may suffer from underlying stress, anxiety or depression. There may also be systemic, family and psycho-social factors contributing to symptoms. We offer psychological treatments for these complex symptoms so that the young person is able to return to their everyday functioning and prevent further unnecessary medical investigations and treatments.

Our team see young people with a range of symptoms including: functional movement disorder, seizures, headaches, blackouts, functional gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic pain.

Our services:

  • Addressing quality-of-life issues and negative psychological impact of living with a long-term, or chronic physical illness.
  • Addressing family and psycho-social factors that affect the course and management of physical illness in children, including compliance issues with medication.
  • Providing psychiatric assessment for young people with neurological conditions.
  • Providing robust mental health and neuropsychiatric support to the complex neurodevelopmental disability service (covering autism and other developmental conditions), Tics/ Tourette and neurodevelopmental movement disorders service (TANDeM) and national sleep medicine service at Evelina London Children's Hospital.
  • Education and training to paediatric staff across Guy's and St. Thomas' (GSTT) including updates on identifying and managing mental health issues.
  • Consultation to paediatric medical teams to support management of complex cases.

  • Service Type: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (National and Specialist) Service Borough Covers: National (Child and Adolescent services) Treatment type: Outpatient
  • Contact the service

    Site Location: St Thomas' Hospital Email: PLS.AdminGSTT.CAMHS@slam.nhs.uk Fax Number: 020 7188 9125
  • Disabled Access:
    • Wheelchair accessible building
    • Accessible toilets on all levels
    • Blue badge parking on site
  • Address: N&S CAMHS Paediatric Liaison Service
    St Thomas' Hospital
    2nd floor
    Gassiot House,
    Westminster Bridge Road,
    London,
    SE1 7EH
  • Business Hours/Visiting Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Other essential information

  • Conditions: Autism, Learning disabilities, Neuropsychiatry , Persistent physical symptoms, Psychosis, Self-harm

Interventions

  • Mental health and risk assessment
  • Psychological assessment and treatment (Including but not exhaustive):
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Habit reversal
  • Exposure, response, prevention treatment
  • Psychopharmacology intervention
  • Psycho-education packages for particular disorders (for example with tics and Tourette’s)
  • Treatment planning with the referring team
  • Expert medico-legal assessment
  • Complex case consultation to hospital and community practitioners, particularly in cases involving medically unexplained symptoms and fabricated and induced illness
  • Psychometric assessment

Eligibility criteria

  • Young people up to 18 years old
  • Patients with mental health symptoms in the context of physical health difficulties
  • Patients with medically unexplained and functional symptoms
  • Patients with mental health issues in receipt of emergency or inpatient paediatric services at St Thomas’ Hospital

Care Options

Care option: enhanced assessment

Unit: Per assessment

Description: Our enhanced assessment package includes assessment by multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists and family therapists. Since Covid-19 we have adapted to provide this online where possible and can receive referrals from across the UK.

Our experts

Dr Ashely Liew, Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychiatrist - Read more

Molly Cooney, Lead Nurse and Team Leader - Read more

Dr Benjamin Baig, Consultant Liaison Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist - Read more

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