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Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

We are involved in several strands of work to support NHS Boards in improving the care they offer to the children, young people and families attending CAMH services in Scotland. 

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.

CAMHS learning co-ordinators (CLCs)

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:

  • Liaison with NES
  • Needs assessment
  • Co-ordination of training resources

To find out who your CLC for your Board is, please get in touch at psychology@nes.scot.nhs.uk.

Essential CAMHS

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.

Cognitive behavioural informed interventions

NES specialist supervision training (CBT) CAMHS

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 Child Learning Coordinators, or CLCs (for the CAMHS courses).

Access the training programme on Turas Learn.

NES CAMHS cognitive behavioural therapy


NES offers funded training places for CAMHS clinicians in:

  • Certificate level training in CBT for children and young People: Year-long certificate training in CBT through University of Edinburgh, training clinicians to deliver low-intensity CBT for anxiety and depression under clinical supervision.
  • Diploma level training in CBT for children and young People: Clinicians have the opportunity to develop their practice beyond certificate level training in CBT for children and young people to enable them to provide high-intensity CBT interventions to children and young people who may present with a range of difficulties.
  • Trauma focused CBT: A skills focused training offered to experienced CAMHS clinicians with a minimum of Diploma Level CBT qualification with supervised practice. Find more information in the NES CAMHS Trauma training section below.
  • Low intensity interventions for anxiety (LIAM): Training comprises an online module on anxiety disorders in children and young people and a face-to-face training in low-intensity interventions. Training for Trainers teaching is also available. If interested in this training contact your local CLC in the first instance. For more information watch our LIAM perspective video on Turas Learn.

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 psychology@nes.scot.nhs.uk

NES CAMHS trauma training

We offer a range of training opportunities for staff to develop their skills in relation to trauma presentations in children and young people. These include:

NES offers a range of training opportunities for staff to develop their skills in relation to trauma presentations in children and young people. These include:

  • Trauma focused CBT CAMHS: A skills focused training offered to experienced CAMHS clinicians within a minimum of Diploma level CBT qualification with supervised practice. The aim of this training is to develop the knowledge and skills to deliver Trauma Focussed CBT for children in young people attending CAMHS with trauma presentations.
    Training opportunities will be communicated within health boards by the CAMHS learning co-ordinators.
  • Trauma skilled practice in CAMHS:  2-day training offering introduction to trauma, its developmental impact and presentations, how it can be integrated into formulations and how services can be trauma informed. The training will introduce opportunities for further consideration of skills necessary for psychoeducation about trauma and skills practice of safety and stabilisation strategies.
    Enquiries for this training should be directed to your CAMHS learning coordinator.

CAMHS long training courses

Certificate and diploma level training in CBT for children and young people

See section above on Cognitive behavioural informed interventions.

Family therapy training

NES support Family Therapy training for CAMHS clinicians across Scotland. The following training opportunities are available:

  • Foundation level training
  • Intermediate level training
  • Masters level training

Find more information on the family therapy training network website. Any enquiries about this training should be directed to your CAMHS learning coordinator.

NES Interpersonal psychotherapy supervised practice

More information on this course can be found on the University of Edinburgh website.

Family based treatment (FBT) supervision for eating disorders

The FBT training pathway consists of 3 levels with each level being completed prior to moving to the next.

  • Introductory level: 1.5 days face to face group training delivered by The Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders (train2treat4ed).
  • Certified practitioner level: 25 hours of Family Based Treatment 1:1 supervision from an FBT supervisor who is a train2treat4ed registered faculty member or Scottish FBT supervisor who is an adjunct train2treat4ed faculty member.
  • Supervisor level training: 25 hours of Family Based Treatment 1:1 supervision from an FBT supervisor who is a train2treat4ed registered faculty member.


Further information is available by contacting your CAMHS learning coordinator.

CAMHS competence framework

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', and is linked to recent Scottish service developments such as the integrated care pathway.

The CAMHS competence framework

Contact us

psychology@nes.scot.nhs.uk


Last updated: 27/09/2020

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