Children treated across UK as there are no Derbyshire mental health beds for children

Full Story in Derbyshire Telegraph 18 March 2018

Children in Derbyshire who need an NHS mental health bed are being forced to travel across the UK because there are NONE in the whole county.

Fourteen Derbyshire children in nine months have needed a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) bed, which is a place for someone with severe mental health problems under the age of 18 whose condition means they need specialist care round-the-clock.

But, because there are none in the county, they have been transferred to other parts of the country. On 14 occasions since July 2017, children have been placed outside of Derbyshire for a NHS mental health bed.

There are beds in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire but figures released to the Derby Telegraph show they too are often full.