This includes the commissioning, developing and delivery of a range of evidence-based resources from online training modules through to funding places on therapy training courses for existing staff.
Ultimately our aim is to ensure those clients who attend CAMHS receive care which is effective, efficient, evidence based, person centred and will promote positive outcomes for children and families. We plan to deliver this through a strategic approach to training which will promote an environment of continuous quality improvement based on personal development.
Over the last few years, NES has been building a network of CLCs across the NHS boards to support the development of training and supervision in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The network will help promote, co-ordinate and develop training and supervision for existing and new staff.
Although detail varies according to local circumstances their functions include:
To find out who your CLC for your Board is, please get in touch at email@example.com.
Essential CAMHS is the NES learning programme for all professionals new to working in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). The programme aims to support professionals in the transition to working collaboratively, safely and effectively with children, young people and their families.
Essential CAMHS is located on the TURAS Learn site and can be accessed by professionals who have registered for access to this site.
Building upon Essential CAMHS, the one year development plan (1YDP) uses a blending learning approach of e modules and skills workshops, to support the transition into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) of clinicians whose core professional training does not provide extensive CAMHS experience. Using the network of CAMHS learning co-ordinators work we recruit a cohort of learners twice a year.
Learners attend a half-day induction day, during which they meet their cohort, have an orientation to the programme, receive a session on self-care also introduced to the wider range of NES trainings available that might be relevant to their personal learning requirements. In addition to being supported by a local supervisor to complete both Essential CAMHS Foundation and Specialist Learning programmes with the associated learning portfolios, learners attend 9 days of workshops. These NES delivered workshops focus on skills development in the following areas:
For further information, please contact you local CAMHS Learning Co-ordinator.
In line with the Roth and Pilling (2008) Supervision Competences, it is recognised that in order to deliver supervision in some modalities, including CBT, additional knowledge and skills are required. These blended, NES-run courses are advertised via local board Psychological Therapy Training Coordinators, or PTTCs (for the adult based courses) and CAMHS Learning Coordinators, or CLCs (for the CAMHS courses).
NES offers funded training places for CAMHS clinicians in:
If you are interested in any of the programmes above or would like to discuss the possibility of any future NES funded opportunities, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Through a network of trainers within CAMHS services NES supports the training of CAMHS clinicians in the following interventions.
If you are interested in the above training, please contact your CAMHS learning co-ordinator in the first instance.
Training in these interventions are also available to the early intervention workforce through TIPS-EIC
We contribute to the range of training that offered by NES psychology for people to develop their skills in relation to working with children and young people who have experienced trauma. The range of current trainings are described here, Children and Young People NES Trauma Resources [PDF]
For CAMHS clinicians we offer
See section above on Cognitive behavioural informed interventions.
NES support Family Therapy training for CAMHS clinicians across Scotland. The following training opportunities are available:
Find more information on the family therapy training network website. Any enquiries about this training should be directed to your CAMHS learning coordinator.
More information on this course can be found on the University of Edinburgh website.
The FBT training pathway consists of 3 levels with each level being completed prior to moving to the next.
Further information is available by contacting your CAMHS learning coordinator.
The CAMHS competence framework is an online tool to help clinicians with self reflection, supervision, training, research and clinical governance activities. It draws on research outlined in NICE, SIGN and 'the MATRIX'.
NES is a national health board that provides training and education to health and social care staff in Scotland, including CAMHS. We do not work directly with children, young people and families, and are unable to give advice.
If there are general concerns about a child or young person’s mental health and wellbeing, we recommend that families contact their child’s named person at school, as they have a key role in supporting children and young people and linking in with and signposting to other services that can help. Families can also seek can help and advice from their GP.
If you have an urgent concern around your child's mental health, then please contact your child's GP and if out-of-hours, please contact NHS 24.
Last updated: 17/04/2023