Managing Mental Health in Paediatric Acute Care

Wednesday 21st March 2018, Hilton Leeds City, Leeds City Centre
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When more and more children are facing mental health challenges everyday this NHS conference, developed by SBK Healthcare will equip you with lots of interesting and implementable ideas which you can benefit from to improve practice for children’s mental health in acute care.

Come to this one day conference and discover realistic ways that your service can:

– Raise the profile of children’s mental health in acute care
– Develop a plan for overcoming common encounters
– Drive forward capabilities for mental health challenges
– Ensure safe staffing of acute paediatric wards
– Prepare and educate your acute workforce effectively
– Understand assessments and management of risks
– Improve communication with paediatric patients
– Implement innovation initiatives to aid mental health challenges

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By quoting the code PMHA100 you will be entitiled to receive £100 off the full NHS or Public Sector price – this applies to new, full price bookings only.

To book your place visit the conference registration page
Email SBK Healthcare directly at
Call 01732 897788 and speak directly to the team

CPD Conference: Transforming Mental Health Services for Children & Young Adults

With opening addresses from Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive, YoungMinds, and Prof Swaran Singh, Chair of the Transition from Children’s to Adult Services Guideline Committee, NICE, this National CAHMS Summit focuses on improving child and adolescent mental health services in line with The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health set out by the government in 2016 with the aim of creating a transformed service by 2020. Through national updates and case studies from current pilot sites this conference aims to set the scene for progress already being made and what needs to change to achieve The Five Year Forward View. The government has pledged £1.25billion by 2020 to support improvements in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

For further information and to book visit or email

A 20% discount is available with code hcuk20pmha.


10 monthly Saturdays: 10am to 4.30pm; Dates: 6th October 2018, 3rd November, 1st December,
5th January 2019, 2nd February, 2nd March, 6th April, 11th May, 8th June, 13th July
VENUE: Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX
FEES: £1,250

Join the bpf’s flagship introductory course – now in
its third year. Psychotherapy Today has been
specifically designed for those who are either
considering a psychotherapy training and/or are
curious about psychoanalytic and Jungian thinking
and how these ideas can be applied to the world in
which we live. The course aims to kindle curiosity,
encourage critical thinking, make connections, and
investigate differences in a creative and inclusive
group setting, enabling students to develop their
own associations and ideas.
You may already be working in related professions,
such as a GP, nursery nurse or social worker, or you
may come from a completely different background.
Life experience is strongly valued.
On each Saturday, two seminars are delivered on a
specific theme; one seminar offers a psychoanalytic,
the other a Jungian perspective. The aim of the
course is to consider how these ways of thinking can
be useful tools for reflecting on and understanding a
broad range of issues. Each seminar is followed by a
facilitated group discussion, in which you can explore
and discuss key ideas. All seminar leaders and
discussion facilitators are bpf psychoanalytic
psychotherapists, Jungian analysts, child and
adolescent psychotherapists or psychoanalysts
working in private practice, the voluntary sector and the NHS.

Please contact: Sandra Pereira, MSc, Postgraduate
and Public Courses Officer:
Tel: 020 8452 9823
or visit:
For syllabus and course content queries please
contact Wayne Full, Psychotherapy Today Course
Co-ordinator: E-mail:

Child & Adolescent Intellectual Disability Psychiatry Network (CAIDPN) Conference 10-11 May 2018

This year’s CAIDPN Conference on 10-11 May 2018 will be held at the Windmill Village Hotel, Golf Club and Spa, which is about a 10min drive from Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International Train Station. The programme includes presentations from leading Academics, expert Clinicians and senior Commissioners; as well as opportunities to network and socialise during the day and at the Conference Dinner.

Day 1 (10 May) is open to any professional working with or interested in children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Day 2 (11 May) is for any Medical professional working with or interested in children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities.

To register, please go to

Kindly direct all queries to Lesley Kilshaw

The Department of health are running a consultation on the CYP mental health green paper. Not that you’d know it.

The green paper published in December on children and young people’s mental health was not without merit.
Broadly, there were three headlines.
• Schools to be encouraged to have a mental health lead
• A schools based mental health teamto be trialled
• 4 week waits for mental health treatment
These all sounds great, but as always the devil is on the detail.
A mental health lead for schools would be useful potentially, although most already have one, and the green paper has no specifics on training and support, specificallyfor the increasing role of schools as commissioners of services.
The school based team may be able to pick up some straightforward cases, but without integration into a local system incorporating CAMHS, paediatrics, primary care and the charitable sector, they will mainly have an impact on young people with mild, self limiting difficulties.
4 week wait for mental health treatment… Well. Either they have a massive windfall up their sleeves, or this will be fudged with a combination of narrow criteria and counting initial triage meetings as treatment. I leave it to you to predict which is likely…
So the danger is that instead of the system transformation required, well get a symbolic wave at the problem, confining itself to the ‘low hanging fruit’ so that success can be claimed in time for the next election.
Whatcan you do to prevent this? I’m glad you asked.
Go to the consultation If you don’t have time to do all the questions just take the opportunity to point out the total omission of paediatric services from the document (!).
Check out the draft RCPCH document outlining the sort of local offer that should be provided to CYP locally.
Watch this space.

Evidence-Based Improvements for CAMHS

Wednesday 24th January 2018, Birmingham City Football Club
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The 2018 CAMHS National Networking Forum is your annual opportunity to learn evidence-based strategies for improvement that have been tried and tested by your professional peers.

Whether you work in a CAMHS assessment team, as a specialised Nurse, at a 3rd sector organisation or in Tier 4 services, this event will bring together the most up-to-date knowledge from across the sector and empower your service delivery with:

  • Fantastic opportunities to network with other CAMHS professionals
  • A chance to share challenges & establish peer-recommended solutions
  • Forward-thinking presentations to further your professional understanding
  • Benchmarking your service with teams from around the country

To see the full agenda and speaker line-up click here

To get £50 off the full NHS and Public Sector price of attending please quote PMHA50 at the time of booking. This applies to new, NHS and public sector bookings only.

To book your place simply visit the conference registration page
Email the bookings team directly at
Call the team on 01732 897788

Managing Mental Health in Paediatric Acute Care Conference: Wednesday 21st March 2018, Leeds

This really does look like a very good conference (disclaimer, I’m talking at it).

Mental health in paediatric acute care is finally getting some attention and this should tell you pretty much the state of the art.

More details here:

Free CAMH topic guides from ACAMH

A bit of cross-promotion. ACAMH are really rejuvenated in the last couple of years, and have some EXCELLENT topic guides here.