Service Outline

Chesterfield Royal Hospital provides a Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS) that is based here at The Den and at New Spring House at Buxton. For more information about the different teams, what they do, helpful advice and information on common problems and how to refer please visit the CAMHS website:

Urgent Care Team CAMHS for North Derbyshire and High Peak

2nd floor, The Den, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Available between 10:00 – 22:00 
7 days a week

  • For Serious Self-harm
  • Active Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours
  • Acute Mental Health Presentation or Relapse

Tel: 07901330724 to discuss a child or make a possible referral.

Welcome to North Derbyshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

We are a service for children, young people and their families where there are concerns about mental health and emotional well-being.  

There are two CAMHS teams based in North Derbyshire.

The Chesterfield and North Derbyshire team is based on the 2nd floor of The Den at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Calow.

The High Peak and Dales team is based at Newspring House, Bath Road, Buxton.

Many children and young people go through difficult times. It is a normal part of growing up. Most of these children never need the services provided by CAHMS. They are supported by family, friends, school and services in the community. Sometimes they need more support and help than these can Offer. This is where a referral to CAMHS may be called for.

We also have a team based in The Den at Chesterfield Royal Hospital who work with children with moderate to severe learning disabilities and mental health problems. This team is known as the Learning Disability (LD) CAMHS team.

What is CAMHS

Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. It was previously known as CAFTS (Child and Family Therapy Service). Specialist CAMHS consists of mental health professionals working together in a multi-disciplinary team to help children, young people and parents to understand and deal with child and adolescent mental health difficulties. We generally do this by talking with children and their families in different ways about change although this can sometimes involve the use of medication.

Specialist CAMHS in North Derbyshire consists of the following services:

Primary Mental Health Service - (based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in The Den and New Spring House, Buxton)

Core (or Tier 3) CAMHS  - (based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in The Den and New Spring House, Buxton)

Learning Disability (LD) CAMHS - (based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in The Den)

Young Person’s Outreach Service - (based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in The Den)

CAMHS and LD CAMHS accept referrals from any service for children and young people, including GP’s, Paediatricians and schools.

Learning Disability Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (LD-CAMHS)

LD CAMHS works with children and young people (0-18) who have moderate to severe learning disabilities and mental health problems / challenging behaviours. Although based at The Den the service works across North Derbyshire visiting people at their homes, schools or other appropriate locations.

The aim of the service is to help:

  • alleviate mental health problems / challenging behaviours
  • reduce stress for the child and their family and
  • help improve relationships and quality of life.

This is done by firstly assessing the young person and their family to try and understand what may be the cause of the problems and the different contributing factors. From this appropriate interventions are offered and may include:

  • behavioural programmes (e.g. introducing new routines, using social stories, relaxation training)
  • psychological therapies (counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, family therapy) and
  • psychiatric interventions (which may include medications).

All interventions are monitored and evaluated to ensure that what is being offered is helpful.

In addition to direct therapeutic work the team works closely with other agencies including: Social Care, Education and the Voluntary Sector. The team regularly contributes to training and information sessions, offers consultations and links in with the local special schools.

Referrals can be made by GPs, Paediatricians, Social Workers, Headteachers, Educational Psychologists or other relevant professionals.

For further information please call: LD CAMHS 01246 514412