Southampton CAMHS

Information about CAMHS in Southampton

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

The role of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) West is to provide a comprehensive mental health service to children and young people (0-18), registered with a Southampton city GP, promoting the mental health and psychological well-being of all children and young and providing a range of high quality, accessible services that are responsive to needs as they arise. It is a multi-disciplinary team, which means we come from a range of experiences and backgrounds but have all had special training in child and adolescent mental health.

We include:

  • Independent Nurse Prescribers
  • Nurse Specialists
  • Specialist Therapists, e.g. Occupational Therapists
  • Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Child Psychotherapists
  • Clinical Child Psychologists
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists
  • Family Therapists
  • Art Psychotherapists
  • Early Intervention Practitioners
  • Social Workers

The current main base for CAMHS West is The Horizon Centre (formerly the Orchards Centre) which is located within the Western Community Hospital site and can be contacted on:
0300 123 6661

We understand that when you come for your first appointment it can be quite scary but we try to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Our friendly reception staff are on hand to answer any questions you might have, and there is a pleasant waiting area to relax before you are seen. There are a number of consultation rooms within the Horizon Centre, of varying sizes, and a number of specialist rooms such as the Art Therapy, Family Therapy and Psychotherapy rooms.

The CAMHS West team is currently reviewing its whole service approach following the amalgamation of the two previously separate CAMHS teams (The Orchards Team - 0-14 years and the Brookvale Adolescent Service 14-18 years) into one 0-18 year’s team. It is envisaged that this service review will build on individual and community strengths wherever possible, and to ensure children, young people and families are active decision makers within the delivery of their care packages.

Once the CAMHS Transformation model proposal has been approved we can update this on the website for your information.

    Autism Service

    Who is in the Autism Service?

    The team includes dedicated input from children's doctors, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Speech and Language Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Educational Psychologists and a Case Coordinator.

    Service, Assessment and Clinics

    The service is based at Adelaide Health Centre but the Autism assessments are delivered by professionals at a range of community settings depending on the age and needs of the child or young person. The assessment may include the following Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI), Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Speech and Language assessment, Cognitive assessment and School report/observation.

    Autism Team Panel

    The Panel meets once a month and this is where referrals are discussed and decisions made on whether to assess and what kind of assessment the child or young person needs. The outcome of the panel decision will be relayed to the referrer and parents/carers by the case coordinator.


    Referrals can be made by post, fax or telephone through the single point of access and can be made by professionals working with children or young people. Children up to 8 years with developmental concerns should be referred to a community children's doctor first. If you suspect the child may have mental health problems a referral to CAMHS should be made.

    To make a referral or an enquiry please contact:

    0300 123 6661

    Contact Details

    Child and Adolescent Autism Service
    Adelaide Health Centre
    Western Community Hospital Campus
    William Macleod Way

    SO16 4XE

    Links for Autism Support and information – National Autistic society – Autism Hampshire – Support for children with brain conditions – MENCAP charity

    Contact Details

    Adelaide Health Centre
    William Macleod Way
    SO16 4XE


    0300 123 6661
    Out of Hours – 0300 123 6660