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Open Minded

(Formerly known as Camden MOSAIC Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service or Camden CAMHS)

The service aim is to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people in Camden.

There is a skilled workforce of doctors, nurses, psychologists, family therapists, psychotherapists and social workers, employed by the NHS and voluntary organisations. Their job is to assess and treat the full range of emotional and behavioural difficulties in childhood and adolescence.

This includes emotional and behavioural difficulties in children who have special educational needs or disabilities through MOSAIC, the Integrated Service for Disabled Children and Young People. Examples of problems that children and young people coming to our service are seeking help for include: anxiety, panic, fears and phobias, difficulties adjusting to new situations, depression, mood swings, aggression, challenging behaviour, hyperactivity and eating problems.

There are a few children and young people who have severe mental health problems, and we can meet their needs too. Usually we do an initial assessment to understand what the problems are, what has caused the problems, and what can be done to help most effectively.

There are a wide range of different ways to help children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, including advice and support for parents a range of types of counselling and therapy for children, therapeutic work with the family as a whole. Occasionally, if needed, medication can be prescribed.

In general, our average treatment length is 6 months to a year, with about 6–12 appointments over that time period. Sometimes all that is needed is 2 or 3 assessment appointments, but treatment can be more intensive if needed (with appointments offered frequently) or longer-term.

For a leaflet summarising the service, click here.

Contact details

Contact Name
Andrew Wiener
Contact Position
Clinical Director
020 3317 2000
Open Minded website 


Kentish Town Health Centre
Bartholomew Road

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office hours Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

Further details

Parent Body
Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Part of Camden MOSAIC - Integrated Service for Disabled Children.
Client Group
Children and young people 0-18 years, till 19 if in full time education.
Catchment Area
Referrals Policy
Accepts referrals from professionals via letters or eCAF form - choose 'Referral Integrated Service for Disabled Children'.
Language note
Interpreters by arrangement.
Cantelowes Ward
Last checked date
Record ID

Local Offer

About Local Offer
Local Offer Age Bands
Preparing for Adult Life 14-25
Children under 5
School Age Children & Young People 5-18
SEN Provision Type
Where is the service located and what areas does it cover?

For children with learning difficulties or disabilities the main location of our services are at MOSAIC in Kentish Town Health Centre and at Swiss Cottage School. There are also other CAMHS practitioners based at the Royal Free Hospital, the Tavistock Clinic, Ana Freud Centre, Brandon Centre, Greenland Road Health Centre, Ampthill Medical Centre, Local Children’s Centres, Camden Centre for Learning, and Vadnie Bish House in Caversham Road. We also have a small team called the Complex Needs Outreach Team, based at the Crowndale Centre, 281 Eversholt Road, NW1 1BD, who specifically offer advice and support on mental health issues to the Special Education Needs Team and to families who are going through the Education Health and Care Planning process.

Who does your service provide for?

The service covers the age range 0 – 18 years, but there is some flexibility depending on the situation and where a child has a disability, we work closely with Adult services from the age of 16 . Children who receive our services have difficulties with emotion and behaviour that are causing them marked distress or are interfering to a significant degree with family life, education, or peer relationships.

How can a child or young person start using the service?

A parent or a young person themselves can make a referral directly to the Brandon Centre - young person’s counselling service (0207 267 4792) or Ana Freud Centre (0207 794 2313) or to local Children’s Centres for children under 5.

There is also a form for self-referral which is available from the Camden CAMHS Joint Intake (020 8938 2241)

In some parts of the service there can be waiting lists but urgent situations are responded to promptly. Referrals for children and young people with a disability for MOSAIC may come through the Single Point Of Referral (SPOR) process. Need to add link to SPOR here

How are decisions made about eligibility for your service?

There are weekly team meetings where decisions are made about eligibility and which team is best suited to help. We write to parents and young people letting them know what is happening. Parents and young people can ask for clarification about decisions, either in writing or on the telephone.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

We have developed two leaflets (one for young people and one for parents/carers) to encourage participation in a range of activities to help improve our services from the service user perspective. The ‘experience of service questionnaire’ includes a statement on service user involvement with a tick box option for anyone interested in getting involved to receive more information and be contacted by a member of our participation team. We have a regular section in the Trust’s Members’ Newsletter (which is available to service users and members) which publicises our involvement activities and details forthcoming events our service users and their families/carers may wish to participate in. Interpreters will be arranged by the service at no cost to the service users, if required. Some of our leaflets are available in a range of languages. All families are asked to complete an ‘experience of service questionnaire’ after 6 months and/or after treatment has finished. We have had a number of feedback events for parents and young people, and we are trying to set up service user groups for parents and young people. We monitor the effectiveness of our work by asking families to complete a range of outcome measures. The measure we put most value on is called the Goal Based Measure, where we set goals for treatment jointly with children, young people and families.

Is your service fully accessible?

The buildings we work in are fully wheelchair accessible.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had/or will be they be getting?

Staff working in both MOSAIC and at Swiss Cottage School are fully trained in a wide range of needs arising from disability, for example in Autism and learning disability.

Who should a service user contact if they want to raise a concern or complain about something?

Complaints or concerns can be directed to the Team Manager of the MOSAIC service on 020 3317 2251 or to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust on 020 7435 7111

Who can a parent carer/young person contact for further information?

We encourage parents and carers to discuss their concerns about their child, in the first instance, with their GP, health visitor, school nurse or school special educational needs coordinator (SENCO). Contact details for our service are: Kentish Town Health Centre (MOSAIC CAMHS) 2 Bartholomew Road London NW5 2AJ Phone: 020 3317 2000

The Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Camden Local Authority. Any service or provider mentioned in this Local Offer, does not represent a recommendation or endorsement of the service or quality of the service provided. You are responsible for undertaking your own checks to determine suitability of the service and provider.

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