Sun, 03 Dec 2023

The Department of Health (DoH) has today, published quarterly Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) waiting time statistics for Northern Ireland.

This publication presents quarter end figures regionally and by Health and Social Care Trust in respect of total numbers waiting, and those waiting over 9 weeks, for a CAMHS assessment.

Key Facts and Figures:

  • At 30 September 2023, there were 2,017 total waits for a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) assessment in Northern Ireland, of which 1,189 were waiting for more than nine weeks (59%).
  • Since a low of 1,107 total waits for a CAMHS assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic (September 2020), the number of children and young people waiting for an assessment of CAMHS in Northern Ireland has been increasing, with a peak of 2,388 total waits at 31 March 2023.
  • The Northern HSC Trust had the highest numbers waiting for a CAMHS assessment at 30 June 2023 (663) whilst the Western HSC Trust had the least numbers waiting (331).
  • The statistics presented derive from returns completed by each HSC Trust in Northern Ireland in relation to Mental Health Outpatients Waiting Times.
  • This quarterly summary report is created by Information Analysis Directorate in Department of Health, and was published for the first time on 14 June 2023.
  • The quarterly figures will, until further notice, be deemed as Experimental Statistics and subject to change, which is common for new published statistics.


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