Clinical services

Specialist Adolescent Mood Disorders Service (SAMS)

The Specialist Adolescent Mood Disorders Service (SAMS) is a specialist tertiary provision accepting referrals from across the United Kingdom. The multidisciplinary team works in collaboration with local services, providing second opinions for children and young people up to the age of 18 years, where there is uncertainty around a mood disorder because of complex presentations. Impacting factors may be due to attachment disorder, additional neurodevelopmental disorders, or special circumstances such as a forensic history and / or a looked after child or young person.

Specialist consultation clinics are tailored around the needs of the child or young person, including face to face consultation with professionals, telephone consultation and / or video liaison. Therapeutic and educational advice is provided for young people, families and other multi-agency services such as the local authority.

Referrals are accepted from clinicians working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) supported by a consultant psychiatrist and / or clinical psychologist involved in the child or young person’s care, after a first line assessment has been completed. All referrals will be considered on a case by case basis determined by the needs and risks the young person is presenting with.

Read more about SAMS in the SAMS Service Information Pack.

Read more about SAMS
Regional Affective Disorders Service (RADS)

The Regional Affective Disorders Service (RADS) is a tertiary specialist service for the treatment of adults over 18 years old with complex and / or treatment resistant mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder. RADS is hosted by Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. The out-patient services are at the Centre for Ageing and Vitality off Newcastle’s Westgate Road and there is an in-patient centre at St Nicholas’ Hospital in Gosforth, Newcastle.

As a tertiary centre, RADS are able to provide treatment and advice on ‘non-standard’ treatments that are beyond existing treatment guidelines. RADS is also a regional, national, and international training centre for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals and a major national research centre.

Read more about RADS in the RADS Service Information Brochure.

Read more about RADS
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and WearNHS Foundation Trust provides a range of mental health, learning disability, and neurological care across North East England.

The Trust works from more than 60 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, and Sunderland. We also run a number of regional and national specialist services. Along with partners, we deliver support to people in their won homes, and from community and hospital based premises.

We have more than 6,000 people working for us and a budget of over £300 million.

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