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Department of Health and Social Security welcomes new Psychiatric Consultant 2 October 2006

The Department of Health and Social Security is pleased to announce the appointment of a leading psychiatric consultant, Dr David Foreman to its Social Services Division.

Dr Foreman, formerly a Consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry with Berkshire Mental Health Trust and will continue as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at The South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, commenced work on the Isle of Man on Monday 18 September 2006.

Dr Foreman will lead research and practice within the child and adolescent service on the Isle of Man, strengthening existing services and, in collaboration with colleagues in the Institute of Psychiatry, develop new ways of working to meet the needs of Manx children, young people and their families with mental health problems.

Steve Rodan, Minister of Health and Social Security said,

“We are delighted to welcome Dr Foreman to our Mental Health Services. His knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to the Department and the Isle of Man.”

Dr Foreman’s research interests include efficient and effective delivery of services in both the developed and the developing world, the detection of ADHD in the community, and the use of computers and the internet in improving access to child and adolescent mental health services.

David Gibson, Acting Director of Social Services said:

“Dr Foreman is one of the most respected leads in child and adolescent psychiatry and the Isle of Man is very fortunate to secure his services.”

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) was established in July 2000 following a review of the Mental Health Service in 1999. It was identified that CAMHS would be delivered as a specialist service under the umbrella of Mental Health operating as a multi-agency, multi- disciplinary team, providing assessment and treatment to children and families who are suffering from significant emotional behavioural and mental health problems. The referral rate has grown steadily over the past 6 years and CAMHS now see approximately 350 new cases every year. Alongside Dr Foreman the team comprises of a Part-time Clinical Assistant, a Service Manager, a Clinical Psychologist, a Looked After Children’s Psychotherapist, a Psychodrama Psychotherapist and Generic Child and Adolescent Therapists.

Referrals that are given priority include young people presenting with a psychotic episode, young people who are depressed, young people who have deliberately self harmed and young people who are presenting with anorexia nervosa.

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