Publication of CAMHS Waiting Time Statistics for Northern Ireland (March 2024)

Date published: 23 May 2024

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

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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 31 March 2024, there were 1,990 total waits for a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) assessment in Northern Ireland, of which 1,026 were waiting for more than nine weeks (52%).
  • 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 31 March 2024 (611) whilst the Southern and Western HSC Trusts had the least numbers waiting (434).
  • 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.

Notes to editors: 

  1. This information was collated by Community Information Branch within the DoH.
  2. A statistical release of CAMHS information is published on a quarterly basis.
  3. Statistics detailed within the bulletin are presented regionally and by Health and Social Care Trust in respect of number of waits for a CAMHS assessment and time waiting.
  4. Similar statistics relating to the quarter ending 30 June 2024 are due for release in August 2024.
  5. This publication is available online at:
  6. Further information is available from
    Community Information Branch
    Department of Health
    Room 11, Annexe 2
    Castle Buildings
    Belfast BT4 3SP
    Tel: (028) 90 522342
    Internet: Department of Health
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