How to Refer
The Croft Child and Family Unit is a nationally commissioned specialist service. This means that we are one of a number of services around the country that provide inpatient mental health care and treatment for children. All of these services are commissioned through NHS England rather than through local health commissioners (CCGs). Referrals are made by completing and submitting the national referral form (F1 -Referral for Access Assessment into inpatient services for children and young people). Insert Link for F1 and NHS England.
The service encourage services thinking of making a referral to contact us directly by phone (01223 885800) to discuss the potential referral. It may also be helpful for referrers to talk to the appropriate specialist commissioning caseworker via the local specialist commissioning team, for advice.
The Croft accepts referrals from:
If a child 12 or under urgently needs admission then referrers are encouraged to use the national bed finding website to identify a unit which has a bed available. Referrers can also contact the team directly by phone (01223 885800) to check if we have a place available and whether our service could meet the need of the child. It may also be helpful for referrers to talk to the appropriate specialist commissioning caseworker via the local specialist commissioning team, for advice.
The F1 form (Access Assessment for Inpatient services for Children & Young People) can be found on this link www.camhsbedavailability.nhs.uk
To refer a child to the Croft you need to complete one of the following forms:
We encourage direct contact from referrers to discuss referrals. All referrals should be addressed to:
Dr Jo Holmes (Consultant Child Psychiatrist), or
Nina Bradley (Ward Manager)
The Croft Child and Family Unit
Tel: 01223 885800
Fax: 01223 885801
For urgent referrals please telephone and/or fax relevant details.
For routine referrals we appreciate the following information:
- Telephone number
- Date of birth
- Name of parent/guardian
- Reason for referral
- Relevant medical/medication history
- Any other relevant reports or investigations
- Previous interventions/outcomes
- Family occupation/history
- Any other agencies involved and their contact address, tel no.
Non-urgent referrals are discussed in a weekly meeting, following which the family may be offered an initial appointment or a team member will contact the referrer for further information.
From their initial assessment the waiting time before a child is admitted to the Croft will normally be up to 18 weeks.