Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Paediatric Liaison Service

We provide a therapeutic service to children and young people aged 0-18 and their families with chronic, acute and life-threatening illness, disability and bereavement.

We offer care to young people and families who require joint mental health and paediatric care in hospital. This may include, for example, where:

  • mental health/emotional and family distress result from acute, chronic, life-threatening illness and disability
  • mental health and emotional problems present as physical symptoms, such as medically unexplained chronic pain or loss of function
  • there are complex safeguarding presentations in hospital including Munchausen by proxy

We also work with paediatric teams and professionals from welfare and community agencies involved with child and adolescent physical disease and disability.

We are based at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, which has disabled access, and car parking is available.

Service opening hours

Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm

Thursday evening clinic (clinicians only 5pm to 8 pm)

Contact and find us

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
South Block E Floor
Queen's Medical Centre

Tel: 0115 8230269
Fax: 0115 8230270

Support groups

We can refer clients and professionals to a number of national and local voluntary and self-help groups.

These include groups for particular disorders (Turner's, CIRCA, DSD), butterfly project team, bereavement team/parents group, CLIC Sargent, Barnardos and the youth workers team at Nottingham University Hospitals.

Speak to a member of our team for further details.

Help in a crisis

Outside of office hours please contact your GP service, NHS 111, or in an emergency go to your local Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.

Information for health professionals

How to refer someone to this service

We only take referrals by the QMC paediatric teams. 


Lead clinicians

Dr Karmen Hollis, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.



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