Mental Health Bus International Projects
International clinical outreach division of CINAPS Ltd
Cambridge Independent Neuroscience and Psychiatry Services
It is our aim to deliver specialist clinical outreach mental health services to vulnerable and hard to reach children, young people and families in underprivileged communities in the UK, developing countries and countries with a particular need for children's mental health services.
The service is provided by UK-based and -licensed medical and mental health professionals, ranging from Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and GPs to Clinical Psychologists and Social Workers. Child Psychiatrists and allied professionals from further afield, such as Europe and the USA, also often contribute input and support.
The service is delivered through GP practices, community hospitals, clinics or mobile clinics - a clinic in a bus - the Mental Health Bus.
Professionals provide direct clinical care (assessment and treatment), consultation and supervision to professionals, teaching or training, ideally with or alongside local teams and professionals. We take a bio-psycho-social approach when considering risk and protective factors, and we believe that extensive knowledge and experience relating to general and common local psycho-social problems, mental health and medical problems, such as HIV and TB, as well as local cultures, laws and policies, are essential.
We place significant emphasis on education, removing stigma relating to mental health and sustainable and collaborative service development. Clinical work frequently generates interesting and informative data indicating whether a service or clinical need exists as well as data relating to how existing services are meeting the needs in communities. We collect data during every project, which is often helpful in research contributing to service development.
We aim to work closely and collaboratively with the local Department of Health, universities and local children's services. We believe that this encourages sustainable service development. In areas outside the UK, our two directors, who usually take on the clinical lead role for UK volunteers, require full and unrestricted registration as Specialists in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the host country. We believe that this not only facilitates a hands on approach with shared clinical and managerial responsibility, but that this contributes to sustainability, along with quality control and our general service aims (see Picture the Bus); ensuring a good outcome for everyone involved and invested in this project.
Reaching out to international areas of need - private sponsorship.
Our service has thus far been funded by our directors and CINAPS Ltd. We hope to expand our services according to need, however our expansion will now be reliant on private individual and corporate funding. We also now accept funding (in full or in part) from governmental and charity organisations. We recommend that organisations interested in funding our projects allocate individuals who can be available to assist with practical every day tasks, such as playing Football with children. Individuals interested to fund our projects are welcome to do the same.
This outreach service is provided pro bono to children, families and professionals in deprived communities in order to not increase strain on limited resources within existing local community services.
Specific services can be requested, although part of our input includes a needs and risk assessment of the area; during this time we consider existing Health, Adult Mental Health and Child Mental Health infra-structure, service models and processes. We do not require existing Child Psychiatry infra-structure, but we believe that it is essential to work collaboratively with existing Health and Children's organisations and services.
Independent and sustainable functioning. It is our goal that all services launched function independently from our direct input after the first year.
Availability to assist in previously launched projects where indicated can be requested and is recommended.
Please Contact Us if you are interested to discuss our services.
Mental Health Bus International Projects (MHB IP) was founded in 2012 by directors Dr JN Rundle and Dr CR Venter, Consultants in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. They were inspired to develop this outreach service during a period of pro bono work in Cape Town, South Africa in 2007-8.
Mental Health Bus International Projects constitutes the international outreach division of CINAPS Ltd (Cambridge Independent Neuroscience and Psychiatry Services) and has as primary goal service development and the provision of sustainable, high quality, effective and user friendly specialist services to vulnerable and hard to reach children in high risk and clinically challenging settings.
CINAPS Ltd is an independent Cambridge-based medical organisation founded by
Dr JN Rundle and Dr CR Venter, Consultants in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in February 2009. CINAPS provides private and pro bono consultations in the UK as well as services to the NHS and other national and international organisations. CINAPS Ltd funds pro bono work through private and NHS consultations. All doctors affiliated with CINAPS are invited to partake in annual pro bono work. Please see www.cinaps.co.uk for further details. Company Registration Number 6937186.
About the Directors
Dr CR Venter MBChB MRCPsych and Dr JN Rundle MBChB MRCPsych are both medical doctors and consultants in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. They completed their medical training (6 years training) in Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa (University of Stellenbosch). They specialised in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (5.5 years training) and were awarded their CCT's in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Cambridge, United Kingdom, where they continue to be based. They have worked within the NHS (National Health Service) in the UK for more than 10 years and continue to regularly work and teach within the NHS in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and related services.
They are committed to developing services for and working with 'hard to reach' children with complex needs in a bio-psycho-social challenging and high risk setting in developing and developed countries.
Most professionals want to offer input into Mental Health Bus International Projects, because they want to give back to the community and be a part of something positive. In reality however, after spending time working in areas of high need, deprived areas or townships, many professionals realise that they are the ones who are receiving, in fact, much more than they will ever be able to give back. They receive abundantly in terms of learning and the rewarding experience of working closely with energetic, creative local services with unique and advanced expertise that can only be developed in challenging work environments. They also experience the absolute joy of working with grateful, positive, pro-active children, families and communities, who not only offer meaningful and memorable experiences, but life changing lessons.