Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - Bromley Bromley

Provides mental health services to children and their families living in the borough of Bromley. It also provides advice, consultation and support to other individuals and agencies involved in providing services to children and young people.

The Bromley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services is based at two sites, Stepping Stones House and the Phoenix Centre.

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8 Comments

My son has been neglected by Camhs since a small child. They refused to even admit my son had any mental health problems. Until a judge ordered a private Dr to see him. He was given a diagnosis straight away and referred to the Michael Rutter Centre. They are amazing. Unfortunately the help came too late for my son and he now has a conduct disorder and is a danger to himself and the public. If only they understood he will cost the government more now in a life time than if they invested money now into these young people. They could give them the skills to live successful lives. It's neglect of a child and it's heartbreaking

Dear Laura

Thank you for contacting us. The CAMHS service in Bromley is dedicated to providing high quality support and treatment to children and young people with serious mental illness.

We also strive, with other organisations in Bromley, to assess and address emerging mental health conditions as they become apparent.

We would like to talk to you further about you own particular concerns and will be contacting you shortly to discuss this.

Kind regards

Stephen Whitmore
Director of Children and Young People's Services

I would just like to say that I brought my daughter in after she experienced a very serious episode. The therapist spent an hour with our daughter and then an hour with my partner and I. I can honestly say that it was two amazingly productive hours. Its been a real eyeopener for us and we can now organize ourselves so that hopefully this will not happen again. The therapist was very calm, non-judgmental and very intuitive. I cant praise her enough. Thank you so much.

Dear Jason

Many thanks for taking the time to share your positive experience of Bromley CAMHS - I am glad to hear that you found the session valuable and will ensure your feedback is shared with the clinician in question.

Best wishes

Dominic Leigh
Operational Manager

Today I was so frustrated to hear from bromley well been that you have rejected there referral my four year old son suffering and his behaviour has got so severe that he knocked me out unconscious two weeks ago. I have done everything asked of me , my son is now a danger to himself and others .does my son have to seriously hurt himself or others before you will listen.

Dear Shiobhan

Many thanks for getting in contact.

As discussed over the phone I will follow-up on the concerns you raised regarding your son's referral to Bromley CAMHS and provide a response accordingly.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Bromley CAMHS on 020 8315 4430 if you need to discuss any further issues.

Best wishes
Dominic Leigh
Operational Manager, Bromley CAMHS

I am absolutely shocked at the lack of care given by this organisation
There is nowhere to turn
You ask for desperate help and it seems that these people aren’t even interested to give a diagnosis
No wonder this country is in such a state
It takes half an hour to see someone rather than months trying to get an appointment and then being rejected
Obviously people wouldnt be being referred if there wasn’t a problem
You need to start helping people

My son has been unwell for years and waiting 9 months (told it will be 12months+ for an appointment even under pressure from GOSH. CAMHS are patently under-resourced. I today received a call from someone who shall remain nameless, telling me I owned the problems. Well that wasn't news to me. She was very defensive, but no doubt the service is inadequate. Cheaper to pay for a clever, confident spokespeople like her, that to treat patients in desperate need. Well done Bromley!

Hi my question is do you recognise pathological demand avoidance many thanks

Dear Maria

Oxleas CAMHS works within the CYP IAPT framework; follows NICE guidance for best evidence and uses the International diagnostic framework (ICD 10).

The latter does not include Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) as a recognised diagnostic entity, however, PDA is acknowledged by the National Autistic Society as a sub-type of the Autism Spectrum.

Although we do not make the diagnosis and we do not offer tailor made treatment plans for PDA we will treat a young person within the framework of any other young person with autism.

Kind Regards

Jacqui Pointon
Interim Operational Manager- Bromley CAMHS

I am currently under cognitive behavioural therapy with CAMHS in Bromley and I am physically appalled by the mistreatment that I have personally encountered. Last June I was referred by my previous therapist and GP to Camhs. I eventually got a therapist with Camhs in February. I had a total of 3 sessions before my therapist, *** fell ill and hasn't returned. It is now July and I have heard nothing since late March. I am severely struggling with my mental illness to the extent where my medication has been increased by a total of 20mg. I was told via phone call that I would hear something 'soon' in regards to having a new therapist in the time *** was unavailable. The lack of communication has left me feeling desperate and alone. I was pushed through to child counselling even though I was 18 because I was considered an 'emergency case'. I am physically and emotionally drained constantly with no outlet. I have been left with nothing and nobody. I have contacted my Local GP as a last resort for this scenario as I feel as though I have been freely abandoned with nothing else to fall back on.

Dear Jordan

We're really concerned to hear this, and are very sorry that you have had this experience with us. We wanted to let you know that we are investigating your situation, and we will be in touch with you today to resolve this as soon as possible.

best wishes

Carrie Sykes
Operational Manager
Bromley CAMHS

I am an A-Level student currently studying psychology at AS Level at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace.
I am very interested in gaining as much experience as I can before I head of to university and have a passion for Psychology.
My school have recently allocated a date in which I should be participating in work experience, the dates are as following: 14th July 2015 to 17th July 2015.
Although this week would be best, I am very enthusiastic about gaining experience in this field of work and looking forward to understanding more about psychology, so am always available if this is short notice and will be willing to continue to volunteer after the placement.
I will be happy to assist in/with pretty much anything, and can work in situations under pressure while being organised.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Elsa Geyer

Hi Elsa,
Thank you for your email regarding the possibility of work experience. We are really sorry but we are unable to offer a placement due to issues around patient confidentiality.
However, we wish you good luck in finding an opportunity.
Sarah Hawes
Communications Manager

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