Attachment Matters Survey

Request for contributors to a Survey of Routinely Used Interventions for Improving Attachment in Infants and Children

Please could you pass this link on to all your team members and colleagues who work with children and / or their caregivers therapeutically.

A team of researchers at UCL and the University of York are conducting an important survey of current practice in the UK for 0-13 year old children with, or who are at risk of, attachment problems, and / or their caregivers.

We are  contacting as many teams and individual practitioners as possible across the UK. 

Our aim is to build a picture of the availability of different kinds of support for those children and families as this information is currently not known. The results will be essential for setting priorities for clinical practice and establishing the availability of attachment interventions in different areas for this group of children. 

We hope to find out about face-to-face working, and not online provision. This work will also play an important role in strengthening the evidence base underpinning those interventions. Survey responses will be anonymous, no individuals will be identified in any published materials arising from this  project.

The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete and can be completed on desktop computer or on mobile phones or tablets.

To read the information sheet and to take part, all you have to do is click the link below, which will take you to a secure online survey:

https://redcap.slms.ucl.ac.uk/surveys/?s=FJRL7A9EHX

The PMHA will be at the Royal College of Paediatrics conference (28th April)

A short post to say that the PMHA is going to be at the annual Royal College of Paediatrics meeting on Tuesday 28th April 2020.

The PMHA session is linked with the British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology (BAPA).

The theme of the PMHA / BAPA joint session is ‘difference and self’. Sound intriguing? Why not come along to find out more.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RCPCH Annual Conference

Discounted booking for the 2020 RCPCH Conference and exhibition closes on Thursday 27 February – don’t miss out on this special rate.

Taking place from the 28-30 April at the ACC Liverpool, the theme for this year’s event is ‘Innovating for child health’ and it is a vital opportunity to come together to explore the current challenges facing paediatricians and discuss what we need to do to ensure a bright future for child health.

The ‘State of Child Health 2020‘ report, which is due to be published in March, will reveal fascinating insights and paint a picture of child health in the UK.

The RCPCH will be hosting sessions that explore the report’s findings and what this means for the future of child health…

  • How healthy are UK children? – State of child health in 2020
    Speakers: Dr Ronny Cheung & Dr Rakhee Shah
    This session will provide an overview of the latest data on a range of child health outcomes in the UK, covering physical and mental health, alongside social determinants of health (e.g. poverty and education). We’ll discuss how paediatricians can make use of the data and provide health promotion advice to their patients.
  • State of child health in 2020 – how can we improve?
    Speakers: Dr Ronny Cheung, Dr David Tuthill, Dr Steve Turner, Dr Ray Nethercott, RCPCH & Us Children and Young People Network
    This interactive session will explore the findings from the recently published State of Child Health report. It will examine child health priorities that require change, looking at trends within the data alongside lived experiences of children and young people. We will look at policy change and discuss how we can make meaningful improvements in child health.

The PMHA is at the annual Royal College of Paediatrics meeting on Tuesday 28th April 2020. The PMHA session is linked with the British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology 

Save the date: PMHA Annual Winter Meeting 2021

We had a really great annual meeting this year and are starting the ball rolling for next years meeting…

The 2021 meeting will take place on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of January, once again at Highgate House.

So whether you came to this years meeting and enjoyed it, or missed out, make sure you save the date.

This year, for the first time, the meeting featured poster presentations from trainees. Everybody agreed these were a great addition and we will definitely continue to do this next time.

If anybody has any suggestions for topics or speakers for the next meeting, please don’t hesitate to click here to get in touch.






Paediatric Liaison UK Network Winter Meeting 2020

This coming Friday, January 31st, the Paediatric Liaison UK Network will hold its bi-annual meeting in London.

Date & Time: January 31st, 9.45am – 5pm

Location: Leolin Price Lecture Theatre, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH

Click here to get more information about the day’s schedule and to register for the meeting.


Core Topics in Community Paediatrics Symposium

Date: Thursday 13th February (9.30am – 5pm)
Venue: YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 6AQ

The programme:

9.30 – 9.45 am
Registration & Welcome:
Our Chair, Dr Sukanta Banerjee

09.45 – 10.30 am
Management of Paediatric Dysphagia – The Role of the Specialist
Speech and Language Therapist

Sonja Jacobs, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist,
Bart’s Health NHS Trust

10.30 – 11.30 am
Management of Sleep Difficulties in Children
with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Dr Desaline Joseph, Sleep Consultant,
Evelina London Children’s Healthcare

11.30 – 11.45 am
Refreshment Break

11.45 – 12.45 pm
Management of Spasticity and Dystonia
in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Dr Lucinda Carr, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist,
Great Ormond Street Hospital

12.45 – 1.30pm
Lunch Break

1.30 – 2.30 pm
Overview of behaviour and emotional difficulties
in preschool children

Dr Chinnaiah Yemula,
Consultant Community Paediatrician, Bedford

2.30 – 3.30 pm
Assessment and management of sensory
difficulties in children with ASD

Maria O’Malley, Clinical Lead Paediatric OT and Mairead Fergus,
Specialist OT, Child Development Service, ELFT

3.30 – 3.45 pm
Refreshment Break

3.45 – 4.45 pm
Diagnosis and management of ADD/ADHD and
interpreting the SNAP IV questionnaire

Dr Giovanni Giaroli, CAMHS Consultant, London

4.45 – 5.00 pm
Closing Remarks

To book, go to https://thepaediatriccommunity.com/product/core-topics-in-community-paediatrics-symposium/

IACAPAP 2020 (Singapore): Call for abstracts for Poster Presentations

The 24th World Congress of the International Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), which will be held in Singapore between the 20th and 23rd July, has issued a call for abstracts for poster presentations. They say:

Submit an abstract and be selected as a Poster Presenter at the 24th World Congress…. Submission is open to all health care professionals, academics and researchers from all fields of applications and backgrounds with an interest in mental health.

ABSTRACT TOPICS INCLUDE:
– Addictive Disorders
– Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
– Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders
– Mood and Anxiety Disorders
– Basic Science and Imaging
– Bipolar DisorderEducation and Learning
– Epidemiology

To view the full list of abstract topics and submission guidelines, click here

You can submit an abstract here. The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended until February 10.

To read more about the conference, click here. Early booking rates are available for the conference until March 11.