Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHs primary function is to promote and maintain the positive emotional health and well-being of children and young people across Lancashire. This is achieved through the provision of high quality, multidisciplinary and integrated services. The service strives to promote and enable positive emotional health and welling and when required provides support, care and evidence based interventions to enable children, young people and families to cope with mental illness.

The service strives to remain child and young person focused at all times, whilst considering the needs of the family and wider support systems by offering systemic intervention and consultation. The service delivers not only face to face intervention but also training, supervision and consultation to the wider workforce that interacts with children and young people. Robust evaluation is undertaken using routine outcome measures to demonstrate positive outcomes.

CAMHs provides services across the whole of Lancashire, however service provision varies across localities depending on commissioning arrangements. Please follow this link to see table.

Dr Rajeev Biradar
Associate Medical Director, CAMHS

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Contact Details

Dr Rajeev Biradar
Shawbrook House,
Balcarres Road,
Leyland PR25 3ED
Tel: 01772 644644

Job Role

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director.
Work interests (special interests)

I work in community CAMHS and have special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. I also enjoy teaching and training. 

Research Interests

Genetics of ADHD and pharmacological management. 

Let us about know any projects / achievements that you wish to share
    
I have been working with the network pharmacy team in improving prescribing practice in CAMHS. This has included working with CCG in developing shared care protocols, using electronic prescribing, reducing prescribing errors and also to reduce prescribing costs.

I have also been working with commissioners and providers across Lancashire in implementing various projects across Lancashire like All Age Eating disorder Service and increasing CAMHS service delivery up to 19.

The best things about your job

I have been in my current post for nearly 10 years. I work with a fantastic team and live locally. My role has expanded in the last few years. LCFT has been very supportive and enabled me to develop in teaching/training, research/audit, becoming an appraiser and medical manager.

 

Dr Bernandka, Dubicka
Consultant Psychiatrist, CAMHS

Dr Dubicka has been appointed for four years chair of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and is to take up the post on 27 June.

Contact Details

Dr Bernadka Dubicka MD, FRCPsych
Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust
Honorary reader, University of Manchester
The Junction,
Piccadilly, 
Scotforth,
Lancaster LA1 4PW
Tel 01524 550360
Mobile 07507 846014

Job Role

Full-time consultant based in the adolescent inpatient unit, The Junction, in Lancaster since 2007.

Work Interests (Special Interests)

Mood disorders and inpatient care

Research Interests

Mood disorders (see below)

Let us about know any projects/achievements that you wish to share

  • Previously worked as a research fellow on an internationally influential trial of adolescent depression, the ADAPT study. 
  • MD on behaviour disorders in depression - awarded a gold medal by Manchester University
  • Led on cross-national study of bipolar disorder with Professor Gaye Carlson, Stony Brook University, US. 
  • Principle investigator on one of the largest adolescent depression trials to date internationally, the IMPACT trial, due to be published in 2016 and led by Professor Ian Goodyer, University of Cambridge.
  • Co-authored a manual for the psychosocial treatment of depression for the IMPACT study.
  • Currently supervising a feasibility study of a brief depression intervention within the trust, and collaborating with the University of Reading to develop this into a trial proposal.
  • Developing sleep study with the Bipolar Spectrum Centre at the University of Lancaster.
  • Published on the treatment of mood disorders, and conducted several meta-analyses.
  • Regular reviewer for research papers and grant applications.
  • In 2015 the unit was accredited with excellence by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS and in 2014 received a National Positive Practice Award for innovation in CAMHS (highly commended).
  • Project lead for repeat self-harm transitions for the NHSE North West Strategic Clinical Network (SCN), which aims to develop guidance for admission pathways, and in 2015 was appointed a clinical advisor for the SCN.
  • Member of the National Institute of Health Research Health Technology Assessment Mental, Psychological and Occupational Health funding panel (only child psychiatrist on this panel).
  • In 2015 elected as the vice-chair of the RCP Child and Adolescent faculty. In this role, I have been able to promote CAMHS at a national level including meetings with the Dept of Health and political party conferences.
  • 2015, awarded a fellowship of the RCP.
  • 2016, appointed as a lead editor of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal as part of an international editorial board.
  • Regularly invited as a speaker at national and international meetings. Most recently I presented our service and national standards at a joint American Academy and Spanish child psychiatry conference (2016, San Sebastian).
  • 2014, invited to take part in a European project on adolescent mental health (Adocare) at the European Parliament in Brussels.
  • Regular advisor to NICE e.g. depression, bipolar disorder.

 

The best things about LCFT / your job

I currently work in an excellent tier 4 service with a dedicated team and active participation group. LCFT has supported me in developing my national activities, so that I can also have a role in promoting high quality evidence based CAMHS nationally, and improving outcomes for young people.

 

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