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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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Meet the team

Solar is a team of people who have a number of different backgrounds, skills and training. We do not work in a hospital and we do not wear uniforms. We all know about and have experience of working with children and young people who have mental health difficulties.
Our team includes:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists – they are medically qualified doctors who specialise in working with young people with mental health problems and their families
  • Clinical Psychologists – they can assess and help with children’s psychological functioning, emotional wellbeing and development
  • Child Psychotherapists - they are trained therapists who work with children helping to deal with their emotional and mental health problems
  • Family Therapists - they are trained therapists who work with children and their families together, to help them understand and manage the difficulties that are happening in their lives
  • Mental Health Practitioners - they are usually trained in mental health and help in the assessment (understanding) and management of emotional, behavioural and mental health problems
  • Community Psychiatric Nurses / CAHMS nurses – they are trained to care for and support young people and their families this is done by assessment, making sure children are safe and managing risk. A nurse prescriber might prescribe and or monitor medication. Nurses will talk through problems or difficulties you have
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner – they are usually trained in short term therapies
  • Primary Mental Health Worker – they have a wide range of skills and will work closely with you and others around you
  • Counsellor – they provide talking treatment that aims to help people to find ways of coping with problems that they might be experiencing
  • Advocate – they will represent your interests and will speak out on your behalf. If you feel you would like an advocate please ask someone in the Solar team or your worker
  • Administrators – they keep the service running. They help us by sending all your letters, answering a lot of telephone calls, greeting you at reception and making sure you are in the right place
  • Students and Volunteers – we sometimes train other people, and there might be times we ask if you would be ok to let a student or volunteer come in to your appointment to help them learn the job, of course this is up to you.
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