Upcoming Event

Sexual Abuse & Mental Health: Reducing the Impact of Abuse on Mental Health – Recognising and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect

Monday 10 June 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Following the 2018 government commitment to ensuring victims of sexual abuse will receive a lifetime of mental health care to cope with the trauma, this conference focuses on the important issue of sexual abuse and mental health; reducing the impact of abuse on mental health. The conference includes a session on Delivering effective Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for children, young people and their families who have been affected by sexual abuse.

For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/sexual-abuse-mental-health or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk 

Our 20% discount is available by quoting ref:hcuk20pmha when booking.(*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  Full T&Cs available upon request.)

Follow the conference on Twitter #sexualabuse #CSAandMH

Newsletter from the PMHA Convenor

The PMHA Newsletter – March 2019

Dr Sheila Peters, Convenor

Welcome to my first members’ newsletter for the PMHA!

We’re planning for this to become a regular feature, to keep you in touch with what’s happening in the world of paediatric mental health.

We recently had another successful two day winter meeting, at its usual venue of Highgate House in Creaton, near Northampton. Feedback was enthusiastic and the great presentations will be emailed to the attendees. If you weren’t there this year, hopefully you will be in 2020! Keep an eye on the website for dates and details. 

There’s also the PMHA session at the RCPCH Spring meeting in Birmingham. We are on the afternoon of Tuesday 14th May. This year we’re with the Clinical Ethics special interest group. Hope to see you there!

The Mental Health CSAC are working hard on a Mental Health SPIN module, which we are hoping to be ready to launch later in 2019. We’re delighted to report that a Mental Heath Grid trainee has just been appointed, in the East of England Deanery.

The PMHA is involved with the Mental Health in Paediatric Care working group at the RCPCH, with 3 work streams –  research and outcomes, training and standards, and influence and advocacy. We’ll post news of this in future newsletters.

And now…

There is such a lot going on in paediatric mental health at the moment, the executive committee members simply can’t provide all the inputs requested to various national projects. Would ‘you’, as a PMHA member, be interested in getting involved in one of the projects, on behalf of the PMHA?   

Here are the things we need help with at the moment:

  1. MindEd – The MindEd consortium meet a couple of times a year and PMHA input is needed.
  2. SNOMED-CT – A national vocabulary of clinical phrases for use within health and care systems. As an RCPCH specialty group, the PMHA needs to contribute a bank of mental health terms to the project, and we’d love some help to do this. So if the IT side of clinical work floats your boat, please get in touch! 
  3. Consultations on NICE draft quality standard for a service model for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. If you’d like to contribute, we can send you the draft for comment.

If you’re interested, please click here to contact the PMHA.

Researching, practising, and debating mental health care

The Lancet recently published a commentary discussing mental health care. The introduction to the article reads:

“Mental health is a complex issue: one in which we all have a stake. Much has been learned over the past few decades regarding the causes and best treatments in this area, but there is still a great deal more that can and should be done. Research into prevention and management is much needed to develop the evidence base for what works.

The field of mental health has generated contested ideas and beliefs as well as polarisation, bitterness, and intransigence. That is why the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society have come together to affirm a common set of ideals and principles for how we, as professionals, discuss these topics.”

To read the full article, click here.

Another Upcoming Event

Recognising & Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect

Monday 20 May 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

This conference focuses on improving the recognition, assessment and response to child abuse and neglect including implementing the NICE Quality Standard Statements on Child Abuse and Neglect, and Working Together to Safeguard Children in practice. The conference will also update delegates on national developments including the new Independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

For further information and to book your place visit 

Our 20% discount is available by quoting ref:hcuk20pmha when booking.(*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  Full T&Cs available upon request.)

https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/child-abuse-and-neglect or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk

Follow the conference on Twitter #ChildAbuse2019

Upcoming Event: Child Mental Health PLEAT Day

Kent, Surrey Sussex (KSS) Child Mental Health PLEAT Day

With childhood mental health problems presenting more commonly to paediatric services, this educational day aims to provide a basis of knowledge for the  areas of child mental health encountered in acute/general or community paediatrics. 

Price: FREE
When: 28th February, 9am – 5pm 
Where: Education Centre, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0LZ 

Talks include:

  • Self harm and risk assessment 
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Management of eating disorders in the acute setting 
  • How to manage low mood and anxiety as paediatricians
  • Chronic illness and mental health disorders
  • How to deal with challenging behaviour.
  • Physical and psychological sequalae of childhood maltreatment     

Please sign up via this Eventbrite Link

If you have any questions or would like more information please e-mail Dr. Olatokunbo Sanwo
(Paediatric Registrar Clinical Teaching Fellow East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust) olatokunbo.sanwo@nhs.net 


Upcoming Event:

Conference at RSM (Paediatrics and Child Health Section) 

Mental health / Learning together – lsp study day

16th April 2019, Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

This fantastic meeting aimed at students, trainees and consultants will bring together specialists from both paediatrics and child and adolescent mental health services.

Covering a wide range of topics, including practical approaches to mental health crises and self-harm management of eating disorders, medically unexplained symptoms, and somatisation disorders and therapeutic approaches.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to network and learn together across specialties about the current management of mental health conditions in children and young people

This meeting will develop an understanding of the key priorities in child and adolescent mental health, and provide information and practical advice on diagnostic and management issues, and encourage multidisciplinary discussion and learning.

Topics include:

  • Diagnosis and management of common psychiatric disorders, including medically unexplained symptoms and somatoform disorder.
  • The current epidemiology of child and adolescent mental health.
  • The medical management of eating disorders.
  • The role of the paediatrician in an acute mental health crises and emergency department presentations of acute psychiatric illness.
  • The role of the paediatrician following self-harm and explore ways to make it meaningful and helpful for young people.
  • Overlap between mental and physical ill health and what can be done about it.

For more information visit https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/pdm12