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 

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/

Do you remember last year’s PMHA annual meeting?

If you remember a particularly interesting presentation or want to refresh your memory, you can now find all the presentations from last years meeting on the ‘Resources‘ page of this website.

This year’s meeting is just weeks away!

This year, Dr Karen Street, representative for Child Mental Health at RCPCH, will be there during the whole meeting. This is a great opportunity to shape the future for multi-disciplinary work.

The RCPCH drew up a Manifesto before the recent election. The RCPCH asked the new government to :

Adopt a whole systems approach to both the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of good wellbeing. This should include a commitment to providing training for all child health professionals to support children and young people that present with mental health problems in non-mental health settings.

Click here to read the whole manifesto.

*** Also new for the annual meeting this year – there will be a wide range of poster presentations by trainees covering some really interesting topics ***

Click here to book

The meeting is fast approaching!
(Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th January)
Spread the word! Don’t miss out!