The Values-based Child and Adolescent Mental Health system (VB CAMHs) Network

The Values-based Child and Adolescent Mental Health system (VB CAMHs) Network

Network Leads

Leo Kroll


Lead: The Values-based Child and Adolescent Mental Health system (VB CAMHs) Network

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Network Co-Leads

Jacinta Tan


I have a multidisciplinary background in medicine, psychology, philosophy, sociology and child health. I researched decisional capacity and values in eating disorders at the forefront of the empirical ethics movement. Current projects include: embedded ethics research on Deep Brain Stimulation for severe Anorexia Nervosa and a Psychopharmacological Randomised Controlled Trial in children and adolescents; Values Based Commissioning in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services; a study of the Primary-Secondary Care Interface for the Treatment of Eating Disorders; and the development of an electronic App for early identification of Eating Disorders empowering sufferers and families to seek help.

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Background and Aims
the national 5 Year Forward Plan.  Transformation involves complex changes to the structure and delivery of services: patient centered care, early intervention delivered via schools, and shared decision making are some of the recommended key themes. The recent report from the Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission (see below for links) details why and how values matter in children and young people’s mental health, together with recommendations for the systems involved in the care of young people.  The Values Based Practice CAMHS system Network aims to bring together stakeholders, including influential experts from different disciplines such as education, social care, charities, NGOs, general practice, ethics, philosophy, together with experts by experience, including patients and relatives. It will provide a forum that aims to deliver key recommendations of the Commission.
Activities and Announcements
The Network will work mainly by email and through local initiatives but we aim to arrange a meeting once a year through the resources of the Collaborating Centre. The Network leads are currently working with others, 1) to extend the range of expertise available to include carers, 2) to establish leads and work programmes for each of the three areas; education and training, service development, and research, and 3) to establish links with individuals and organisations with related interests. An inaugural meeting of the Network will be announced in the autumn through the Collaborating Centre
A list of members will be published following the inaugural meeting of the Network
How to get involved
We welcome new members who have relevant background and expertise and a willingness to contribute to the work of the Network.
Search Terms Identifying the Network
Resident in: UK,; Working in: UK, Other/we welcome non-UK members; Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Communications/website, Communications/other/with related interests, Education, Management, Meeting/ASS (Advanced Studies Seminar), Meeting/other/related conferences and meetings, Policy/Commissioning, Publications/CUP series, Publications/other/journal articles, Research/philosophy/ concepts of disorder, Research/qualitative studies, Services/person-centered, Services/teamwork, Services/other/co-production; Related Area(s) of Interest: Communication skills, Evidence-based practice, Ethics, Health economics, Medical humanities/[please specify, erg art, literature, aesthetics, Regulation, Law; Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Child Health, Carer, Mental health/other, Nursing, Primary care, Service user, Social care, Surgery, Well-being.

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Report from the Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission
The full Commission report and a summary version can be downloaded here: Summary Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission (2016) Full-report Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission (2016) Or via the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ website at:

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Key Areas of Collaboration

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Values-based Surgical Care

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