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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde CAP programme


Barrhead health center

Note: NOT ACCEPTING FOR APPLICATION PERIOD 2019 June, but will be available in later application periods.

Hospital website: http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/


CAMHS in East Renfrewshire The East Renfrewshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a specialist NHS multidisciplinary team, consisting of Psychiatry, Psychology, Nursing, and trainees in those disciplines and other allied health professionals. Close liaison and collaboration with colleagues in Social Work Services and Education, as well as Community and Voluntary Agencies, are key to joint practice and providing for the needs of the children, young people, parents and carers, with whom we work.

East Renfrewshire CAMHS is based at Barrhead Health Centre. The main focus of work is the assessment and treatment of moderate to severe mental health problems in children and young people aged 0-18 years old across East Renfrewshire. Support and care is given to children, young people and their families and other professionals involved in their well being. Most duties are carried out in an outpatient setting, following the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA) model. The team also provides psychiatric input to children and young people admitted to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and on rare occasions to teenagers admitted to Leverndale Hospital.

Most referrals come from GPs but CAMHS welcome referral from other medical sources and appreciate the support and input of colleagues in any relevant field. For further information about the range and complexity of mental health difficulties CAMHS may work with, go to: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfoforall/youngpeople.aspx.

Referral Criteria for Community CAMHS service

We accept referrals from any agency, but all non health referrers must inform the child’s GP (e.g. Copy referral letter)

• Referral can be made of a child or young person before their 18th birthday.

The team are skilled in assessing and managing mental health problems in children and young people. The teams are able to offer a wide range of treatments including various group and individual therapies and family therapy. The centre has excellent links with paediatrics services including neurology and is able to easily access a full range of investigative facilities. There are also close links with Skye house and Caledonia House inpatient facilities and the University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. There is an active academic programme and good academic links with other centres.

The East Renfrewshire CAMHS Consultant Psychiatrist is Dr Mallika Punukollu. The CAMHS team staffing includes the disciplines of nursing, clinical psychology, family therapy, admin support and sessional input from other professionals such as OT, Speech and Language therapy and Dietetics as appropriate. There are also routinely core trainee psychiatrists on rotational placement. The Child and family disability social work team works closely with the CAMHS teams.

The Placement

The trainee will be responsible to Dr Mallika Punukollu, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.

The trainee will be encouraged to observe all the day to day medical and psychiatric assessment and treatment of Community Child and adolescent patients attending the Centre.

This placement provides a great experience of working in multidisciplinary teams, e.g. with psychologists, nurses, OTs, child psychotherapists. It also gives ample opportunity to consider child protection issues, communicate with social work, teachers and parents. Trainees are encouraged to attend regular journal club and case conference meetings. Psychotherapy case based discussion groups will be held on Wednesday mornings.

The following is a sample timetable

Length of the programme

EFPT Exchange programmes are between 4 – 6 weeks.
Longer, Erasmus adapted programmes of 8 weeks, can be arranged.

Periods available

February to July and August to January


Level of english required: Fluent English (B2)

Travel information

VISA needed: Not needed for most European countries, please check individually.
Travel and health insurance needed: Yes
Trainees from EU member states can access the UK national health service


No help with accommodation is provided, see useful websites below.

Local coordinator:

Dr Mallika Punukollu