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
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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.

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A 20% discount is available with code hcuk20pmha.

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.

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Call the team on 01732 897788

ACAMH events in June on Autistic Spectrum

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) presents

2 Events on Autism Spectrum Conditions –

Monday 5 June

Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 June 2017

ORT House

126 Albert Street, Camden, London, NW1 7NE

The first, 1-day intro-class, will look at the introduction to Autism Spectrum Conditions:

The day is aimed at clinicians who are seeking a good grounding in the understanding and identification of Autism Spectrum Conditions.

The second, 2-day skills updating conference, will look to; develop your knowledge and confidence in working with children and young people with ASC, and their families, after diagnosis.


Speaker’s line-up

Dr Jenny Milne is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist she has worked in the NHS with young people and their families with ASC for over 15 years. She now works independently with a number of private and non-profit organisations in the assessment and management of social interaction difficulties.  Dr Milne also works with NHS Trusts on waiting list initiatives to help reduce waiting times for ASC assessments. A ADOS-2 Trainer she is also trained/experienced in a variety of intervention tools and parent and child programmes (for example EarlyBird Plus, Cygnet and Secret Agent Society).


Anna Wilkinson is a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in Autism Spectrum Conditions. She has worked within the NHS and non-profit organisations for the last 13 years to support children and young people with ASC (alongside their families and the care team involved) within a variety of education and community settings. Anna is passionate in supporting clinicians within mental health services to expand their knowledge and confidence in devising creative, flexible ways of working with CYP with ASC to promote service engagement and positive outcomes. She is experienced in ‘autism friendly’ intervention approaches (such as Carol Gray’s Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations, TEACCH, PECS, Intensive Interaction, SCERTS, Talking Mats and EarlyBird Plus and Cygnet) and adheres to the National Autistic Society’s ‘SPELL’ framework in her practice.



Introduction to Autism Spectrum Conditions – Book online (credit or debit card payment only)

ACAMH member: £100 / £90 if also attending autism event 6-7 June

Non-ACAMH member: £125 / £112.50 if also attending autism event 6-7 June


2-Day Skills Updating Conference on Autism Spectrum Conditions – Book online (credit or debit card payment only)
ACAMH member: £200 / £180 if also attending autism event 5 June

Non-ACAMH member: £250 / £225 if also attending autism event 5 June
Print out and post or fax back the attached PDF booking forms to 020 7403 7081Autism_2017_6Jun_TBC_v4introToAutism_2017_5Jun_TBC_v3


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ACAMH conferences present a fantastic opportunity to network with your peers at the start of the day or during coffee and lunch breaks.




ACAMH a truly multi-disciplinary membership organisation focused on ‘bridging’ the gap between rigorous research and best practice relating to children’s mental health. ACAMH holds a body of knowledge and acts as an information hub for sharing best practice to benefit all of those who work with children. ACAMH comprises a unique membership of clinicians, practitioners and world-leading child mental health researchers, working across an array of child and adolescent mental health domains.

  • ACAMH raises standards in the understanding and management of child mental health issues. It publishes the JCPP, an internationally acclaimed and world-leading child & adolescent psychology and psychiatry journal, that brings together empirical research, clinical studies and reviews in order to advance how we understand and approach child and adolescent mental health.
  • ACAMH also publishes the CAMH journal, a high quality, peer-review of child and adolescent mental health services research, which has articles for practitioners describing evidence-based clinical methods and clinically orientated research.
  • ACAMH supports the professional development of all those working to support the mental health of children and young people, by running a variety of conferences, training events, special interest groups and masterclasses throughout the year on topical issues, as well as providing access to a library of engaging on-line CPD topics delivered by national experts.
  • ACAMH is committed to sharing information & best practice across the UK through its network of branches, with volunteers from a range of professional disciplines dedicated to creating a CAMH community that is making a difference.


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Forthcoming Branch events

New ACAMH conference announced

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) presents the

-2017 Jack Tizard Memorial Conference and Lecture –

Public mental health for children and young people: addressing mental health needs in schools and communities.

Friday 16 June 2017

Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE


This day conference brings an outstanding line up of speakers who are world renowned practitioners, clinicians, teachers and researchers addressing mental health needs in schools and communities.  Their sessions will focus on topics that draw on up to date research and practice innovation on public mental health in schools: including, partnerships between schools and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) dealing with mental health problems, enhancing and measuring wellbeing in children and young people, new trialling of a classroom management intervention, and ADHD interventions in schools.

The conference will include the ACAMH AGM, an all-day poster display and discussion opportunities. We welcome poster abstract submissions related to the meeting theme, as well as other topics related to child and adolescent mental health.


Professor Lord Layard, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, where he was until 2003 the founder-director of the Centre for Economic Performance.  He now heads the Centre’s Programme on Well-Being.  Since 2000 he has been a member of the House of Lords and is a keen advocate of making subjective well-being of the people the central objective of governments.

Gregor Henderson, the National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health with Public Health England, setup in 2013 they are responsible for leading work nationally on improving the health and wellbeing of the population in England.

Professor Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Exeter Medical School. Tamsin is also honorary consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Devon Partnership Trust. Her session will focus on new findings from a large cluster randomised trial of a classroom management intervention.

Professor Eric Taylor, a leading child psychiatrist, he has been awarded the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research by NARSAD. His session will address new findings on ADHD interventions in schools.

Professor Miranda Wolpert, is Director of the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU) an academic unit, part of both University College London and the Anna Freud Centre committed to developing and disseminating the evidence base in relation to child mental health service provision. Her session will focus on the measurement of wellbeing in children and young people.

Jaime Smith, Head of Schools Engagement, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and Steve Rippin, Assistant Head teacher, Tapton School, Sheffield, will focus on their experiences of partnerships between schools and CAMHS, as part of the national Schools and Mental Health Link Pilot. This project, led by the Anna Freud Centre, is working with the Department for Education and NHS England to improve child mental health services in over 250 schools.


ACAMH member: £140

Non-ACAMH member: £165

ACAMH student/trainee/retired member: £65

Book online (credit or debit card payment only)

Print out and post or fax back the attached PDF booking form to 020 7403 7081

If you’d prefer to book over the phone with your credit card please call tel: 020 7403 7458

ACAMH conference in March on Eating Disorders

2017 Emanuel Miller Lecture and National Conference
Eating and feeding disorders in children and young people – advances in basic science, prevention and treatment

Date: Friday 10 March 2017
Venue: Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE

Delegate registration

ACAMH member: £140
Non-ACAMH member: £165
ACAMH student/trainee/retired member: £65

Book online at (credit or debit card payment only)

Print out and post or fax back the attached PDF booking form to 020 7403 7081

If you’d prefer to book over the phone with your credit card please call tel: 020 7403 7458


This day conference brings an outstanding line up of speakers who are world renowned practitioners, clinicians and researchers in the area of eating isorders in young people.

Their talks will focus on topics that draw on up to date research and practice innovation, including: translating basic neuroscience into clinical practice in anorexia nervosa, treatment for anorexia nervosa, and for avoidant and restrictive food intake disorder, and the role of the voluntary sector in treatment and prevention of eating disorders.


Emanuel Miller Lecture: From basic research to clinical treatment in adolescent anorexia nervosa – the benefit of looking both ways
Professor Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann, University of Aachen, Germany

Standardising care for young people with Eating Disorders: is it feasible or desirable?
Dr Dasha Nicholls, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Managing Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder in young people
Dr Rachel Bryant-Waugh, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

The changing role of the charity sector – how BEAT helps more people get help with their eating disorder faster
Andrew Radford, CEO of BEAT

Early interventions in eating disorders – an adult psychiatrists perspective
Professor Ulrike Schmidt, Maudsley Hospital, London

Final speaker – TBC

Mental health training for community paediatricians: survey and proposal

Questionnaire Survey of BACCH Members to Ascertain Perceived Training Needs in Child Mental Health

Rachel Atkinson, Max Davie


The work of Community Paediatricians has a large and increasing behavioural/ mental health component, involving both joint work and liaison with CAMHS, and work within community health services, education and social care aimed at promoting and safeguarding the emotional and mental well-being of children and young people. As a result, Community Paediatricians frequently voice a need for greater understanding of children’s mental health. Informally, this has been found to include requirements for better understanding of the relationship between emotional and developmental processes, ways of working with families around behaviour, as well as specific therapeutic methods and ways of working in specialist CAMHS.

The aim of this survey was to develop this informal understanding into a more rigorous analysis of the training needs of Community Paediatricians in this area, with a view to developing training materials and courses, jointly between BACCH and BPMHG.

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Paediatric mental health study day, 11th July, Burton

We are delighted to annouce the West Midlands PMHA study day, to be held on 11th July in Burton-upon-Trent.

The programme, found here Paediatric_Mental_health_study_day_11_July_2014_2020414 includes talks on the following

  • Neuropsychiatric conditions in childhood (OCD, PANDAS, etc)
  •  Eating Disorders: Physical Manifestation and MARSIPAN Guidelines
  • Bereavement: how it affects children, and its significance
  •  Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • MindED and its application to Paediatric practice and training
  • Attachment issues in Paediatric Practice
  •  Adherence in Paediatrics
  • And workshops on  Self Harm Workshop and Managing Challenging Behaviour

Contact if interested