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Dewi Jones Unit - Children's Mental Health Services

Information for health professionalsThe Dewi Jones Unit is a Tier 4 CAMHS mental health assessment and treatment facility for young people aged 5 – 14, and accepts referrals from Tier 3 CAMHS professionals. We’re one of seven inpatient units in England, and one of just two in the North.

As part of the Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust, we are also equipped to care for children with significant medical problems and we work closely with the Regional Child Development Centre and Regional Child Neurology Service, both based at Alder Hey.

Patients we see

We have nine beds and accept referrals for young people aged 5 – 13. We have a National footprint and for older children there are circumstances in which we will discuss referrals on an individual basis.

The most frequent diagnoses we see include:

  • Psychosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Affective disorders
  • Developmental disorders including Autism, ADHD, Tic disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive disorders
  • Psychosomatic disorders
  • Anxiety and emotional disorders
  • Self harm, attachment and regulation disorders

Dewi Jones Unit referral process

Referrals should be made in writing by the Tier 3 CAMHS service (via SPA), or by both CAMHS and Paediatricians in jointly managed cases. We welcome timely referrals before difficulties become entrenched, as well as emergency referrals, which will elicit a response within one working day.

A response to a referral request will be issued within a week of receipt and for those we accept, we begin care planning. This allows us to meet referring clinicians, the child and their family and a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan. Care planning takes around four weeks, and helps to ensure a minimum inpatient stay as well as maximising the amount of outreach work at the family home.

We invite telephone enquiries and we are happy to meet for informal discussion prior to a referral being made.

Make a referral

All referral requests must be made in writing.

For referral queries please call 0151 928 3888 and for contracts or pricing call 0151 252 5698 / 5812.

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