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:

  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) teams (referrals need to have been discussed with and agreed with the team consultant CAMH psychiatrist)
  • Other specialist health paediatric teams as long as the referral has been discussed with, and is supported by the local community CAMH service and there is an allocated CAMH care coordinator who can attend regular care planning meetings during the admission and who will coordinate post admission contact with the community CAMH team if needed.
  • Urgent Referrals

    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:

    NHS England CAMHS F1 Referral Inc CTR- April 2016
    MS Word version (.docx)
    Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

    NHS England CAMHS T4 Referral for Assessment - Form 1
    MS Word version (.docx)
    Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

    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
    Ida Darwin
    Fulbourn
    Cambridge
    CB1 5EE
    Tel: 01223 885800
    Fax: 01223 885801

    For urgent referrals please telephone and/or fax relevant details.

    For routine referrals we appreciate the following information:

    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.

    Waiting times

    From their initial assessment the waiting time before a child is admitted to the Croft will normally be up to 18 weeks.