Shortlisted for the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2015 



“For so long, planning Child and Adolescent Mental Health, with its complex web of commissioners, providers and settings, has been in ‘too difficult box’. This iterative, thoughtful project has challenged all those involved to find innovative solutions to support joint working.”

– NHS England.


SCW, in partnership with Healthcare Decisions Ltd. and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust,  was commissioned by NHS England in October 2014 to develop a strategic modelling tool to help plan and improve the commissioning and delivery of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (now Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Services). The scope for the model is across health, education, third sector, and local authority services.

This model addresses a critical need in CYPMH services for commissioners and their partners across health and care communities to take a system-wide overview of local need and services, and support decision-making to improve services efficiently. It directly supports the recommendations of the CYPMH Task Force report, Future in Mind, including the development of Local Transformation Plans for CYPMH.

Additional objectives of the project include: help improve partnership working in CYPMH; improve community based outreach; reduce placement of children in inappropriate beds; reduce placement of children far from home; reduce waiting times; to help planning and investment in services that will improve transition between children’s and young adult mental health services; and, to help Health and Wellbeing boards review current provision across the pathway and plan to meet the needs of local children and young people across the whole health, social care and education system; and enable the modelling of evidence-based interventions.


The Excel based CAMHS Modelling Tool has now been superseded with an online platform, accessible here.

To obtain access to the tool please complete the online request form available here.

We need to take the details of who is testing the tool so that we can inform users of any updates.

In summary, use of the model will help:

  • to provide a rigorous and transparent planning tool that helps bring together and galvanise a team around a common view and understanding of a complex problem;
  • commissioners manage, with some degree of certainty:
    • how long a patient will have to wait
    • how to achieve more efficient use of resources
  • to incorporate and support evidence based commissioning.
  • to eliminate or dramatically reduce chaotic and long distance transfers around the country


Supporting Guidance on the CYPMH Modelling tool is available on the tool guidance page