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.

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

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
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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.

Thinking together- joint paeds/psych training

We would like to invite you to come and hear about Thinking Together, an exciting scheme linking Paediatric and CAMHS trainees. Following an initial successful pilot in London, we are extending the scheme to four centres across the UK, launching September 2017.
The scheme is designed to:
Improve mental health in children and young people.
Improve collaboration and closer working between paediatrics and CAMHS.
Help achieve curriculum competencies that are otherwise difficult to achieve in both specialties.
Improve understanding of referral criteria and navigation of local services available.
London launch evening to be held on..,
Tuesday 25th July
6.30 – 8pm
Stewart House, Russell Square
Refreshments provided
Please reserve your place or to express your interest in the scheme by emailing the team at: