Questionnaire – The future of the PMHA Annual Academic Meeting

For many years now this meeting has been held at the end of January, in the lovely setting of Highgate House Hotel, in Creaton near Northampton. Unfortunately, this hotel has gone into administration and is being sold.

This year’s meeting was held online, because of the ongoing Coronavirus situation. Despite being very different, it was a really successful and interesting meeting.

We are now planning for next year’s meeting and are keen to get opinions on the best way forward for the PMHA Annual Academic Meeting

We would be very grateful if you could spare the time to let us have your views on next year’s and future ‘Highgate’.

Please click here to access a short questionnaire!

Save the Date – PMHA Summer Afternoon Talks

Following the successful Online Afternoon Talks held last year, we are pleased to announce they will take place again in the summer of 2021 on the following date:

15 July 2021, starting at 1pm, ONLINE

This meeting is aimed primarily at Paediatric Trainees and SAS Doctors with an interest in Child Mental Health. It may also be of interest to trainees in CAMHS, A&E and General Practice.

Full details of the meeting and how to apply will be announced shortly.

Watch this space!

More interesting events from Healthcare Conferences UK

They are pleased to offer a 20% discount with the code “hcuk20pmha 

Decision making using the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework

TUESDAY 8 JUNE 2021, VIRTUAL, Online

This virtual masterclass, facilitated by Fay Berry and Stephen Pizzey, explores decision making in complex child protection and safeguarding cases using the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF).The Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (Pizzey, Bentovim, Cox, Bingley Miller and Tapp, 2016) was designed to help professionals make an analysis of the level of harm suffered or likely to be suffered by the child; the risks of re-abuse or likelihood of future harm; and the prospects for successful intervention in cases that social workers find complex. The SAAF provides a systematic, robust, evidence-based and time-efficient model and a range of methods for assessing, analysing and making decisions in the safeguarding context. The Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework focuses on analysis and decision-making and enables practitioners to evidence the rationale underpinning their recommendations and decisions to their managers and the courts.Experienced professionals with responsibility for making or contributing to assessments of children and families where there are ongoing safeguarding concerns, including staff in children’s social care, CAMHS, health, education, police, probation, expert witnesses, children’s guardians and independent social workers should attend this masterclass.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/safeguarding-children-framework 

or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
CAMHS National Summit 2021: Transforming Mental Health Services for Children & Young Adults

WEDNESDAY 9 JUNE 2021, VIRTUAL, Online

This national conference focuses on transforming mental health services for children and young people, ensuring early intervention, and developing integrated services with clear care pathways from first intervention to crisis and inpatient care. The conference will also look at national developments and learning from the Covid-19 pandemic and how CAMHS has had to adapt and innovate to provide effective care. The conference will address monitoring outcomes in CYP Mental Health including the development of a National CYP Mental Health Outcomes Metric.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/camhs-national-summit   

or email nicki@hc-uk.org.uk

Follow the conference on Twitter #CAMHS2021
Masterclass: Therapeutic Interventions to Reduce the Harmful Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

THURSDAY 22 APR 2021 & THURSDAY 24 JUNE 2021, VIRTUAL, Online

This CPD certified programme will outline the increasing evidence of the impact of Adverse Experiences of Childhood (ACEs) on the health and well-being of children and young people extending into adult life. There is a growing demand for interventions to prevent their harmful effects. Approaches to intervention will be reviewed, to prevent the harmful impact of maltreatment and the limitations of these approaches to fit with the complex responses associated with multiple ACEs. A solution is proposed, based on the highly effective Modular Approach to Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), which integrates common practice elements from effective single approaches to these problems. The modular Hope for Children and Families (HfCF) Intervention Resources add to these elements from the field of interventions to prevent abuse and neglect, – the core of the ACE problems. The HfCF Intervention Resources will be introduced to help practitioners, by providing a trauma-informed, transdiagnostic, modular approach, establishing a profile of harmful adversities, and their impact, and developing a programme of intervention with a video training case.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/therapeutic-interventions-adverse-childhood-experiences  

or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Eating Disorders Summit 2021: Improving Access, Treatment & Recovery Outcomes

FRIDAY 9 JULY 2021, VIRTUAL, Online

The covid pandemic has led to surging numbers of people with eating disorders. This conference focuses on Eating Disorders: improving access, treatment and recovery outcomes, and meeting the national standards for children, young people and adult services during and beyond Covid-19. There is focus on early intervention and also a particular focus this year on Eating Disorders in boys and men. You will hear from James who has lived experience in eating disorders, and from a service working to reduce stigma and improve outcomes for boys and men with eating disorders.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/eating-disorders   

or email nicki@hc-uk.org.uk

Follow the conference on Twitter #EatingDisorders2021

Vacancy on Child Mental Health CSAC: Training Advisor

There is currently an interesting job vacancy at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Special Advisory Committee (CSAC).

CSAC has particular responsibility for monitoring Level 3 trainees’ and SPIN trainees’ progress through their sub-specialty training, advising and signing off sub-specialty CCTs (certificates of completion of training) and the continued development of their Level 3 curriculum and assessment systems.

If you work in a Consultant Post, have experience in Child Mental Health, have excellent communication skills, the ability to work well in a team, and expertise and experience in training, please take a look…

Click here to view the job description

To apply, please click here.

Note that the current round of applications closes 6 April 2021 (9.30am)

Introducing ACAMH

We would like to introduce to you ACAMH: The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Their vision:
“Sharing best evidence, improving practice. We aspire for ACAMH to become a major portal, access point for anyone seeking the most expertly digested understanding and interpretations of the best evidence available”

ACAMH has many interesting upcoming events – follow the links below to learn more:

Child and adolescent mental health: what have we learnt during the Covid-19 pandemic? Looking back, Looking forward

18 Mar 2021, LIVE STREAM,  A 2-Day National Conference
Click here for more details

Predicting Complex PTSD in Foster Care – CAMHS around the Campfire

29 Mar 2021, LIVE STREAM, An Informal Journal Club
Click here for more details

The evolution and challenge of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): A modular solution to intervention

29 Apr 2021, LIVE STREAM, A 2-day training
Click here for more details

ADHD in CYP with autism, and pharmacological treatment – CAMHS around the Campfire

25 May 2021, An Informal Journal Club
Click here for more details

Sad news from Highgate House Hotel

Sundial Group, which operates the hotel, recently announced that is has been put into administration.

As many of you know, the lovely Highgate House Hotel near Northampton has hosted the Annual Meeting of the PMHA (formerly the BPMHG) for decades. We recently received this sad news from their events department. The Executive Committee is considering the options for next year’s meeting.

Below is a full message from Sundial Group:

“I was hoping to deliver this message over the phone, but have unfortunately be unable to reach you. I felt that you deserved to hear this from us rather than through social media or hearsay due to your loyalty to us so I hope you don’t mind me emailing. I’m afraid I have some very sad news about Sundial Group. Unfortunately the Group, including the businesses of Highgate House and Woodside, were put into administration on Monday this week. After nearly 12 months of ongoing costs without income it has not been possible to extend our borrowings further in a way that would maintain the viability of the businesses. This is a cash flow insolvency as the businesses have very significant assets which will now be sold with the expectation that all liabilities will be settled in full.  I’m afraid that this means we will not be reopening either venue. Obviously it is a very sad end to our hospitality business which, like so many others, has been unable to survive the global pandemic. Thank you so much for your wonderful support over the years. I know that many of our customers and guests have identified as part of the Sundial family and it’s such a shame that we have been left with no alternative. I am ever so sorry to have to deliver this news and I wish you all the best.”

Here is a photograph of Highgate House looking lovely as always in the spring sun.

Let them play…

Allowing young children to play with their friends must be prioritised as soon as possible when lockdown is eased.

This was the argument made by this really interesting post published recently on the ACAMH Blog.

The article discusses the fact that while the Covid-19 pandemic has posed a lower risk of physical health problems for children, it has transformed the social lives of children more rapidly than anyone could have imagined.

A recent rapid systematic review concluded that loneliness and social isolation adversely affect children’s short- and long-term mental health (Loades, M. E. et al). 

You can read the full post on the blog by clicking here.

The RCPCH conference 2021

This year’s RCPCH conference will take place ONLINE between the 15th and 17th of June.

The theme is:
Challenges, opportunities and solutions for Child Heath in the COVID-19 era’.

Click here for more information.


The PMHA at the conference

The PMHA session is on Wednesday 16th June (15:30-18:00) and will be run jointly with Child Protection Special Interest Group. The theme is ‘The impact of COVID on child mental health and on safeguarding’

Abstract submissions are open – please submit abstracts by the 10th March using the link below:

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news-events/rcpch-conference-2021-abstract-submission

We look forward to hosting,
and seeing as many of you as possible there! 

More interesting events from Healthcare Conferences UK

They are pleased to offer a 10% discount with code ‘hcuk10pmha

Preventing Suicide in Young People & Children

FRIDAY 23 APR 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

Chaired by Dr Jon Goldin, Consultant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust, and Vice Chair, Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists this Fourth National conference focuses on Saving Young Lives – Preventing Suicide in Children and Young People. Through national updates, case studies from multi-agency settings and lived experience insight, this conference will look at progress being made and what needs to change to improve resilience, wellbeing, mental health support and effectively prevent suicide in children and young people. The conference will use case studies to demonstrate interventions that work in health, schools, universities and multi-agency settings. The conference will examine implementation of the self harm and suicide prevention competence framework for children and young people and will also discuss offering tailored support to families bereaved by suicide in line with the NICE recommendations. 

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/preventing-suicide-in-young-people-children 
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Follow the conference on Twitter #savingyounglives
Masterclass: Therapeutic Interventions to Reduce the Harmful Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

THURSDAY 22 APR 2021 VIRTUAL, Online

This CPD certified programme will outline the increasing evidence of the impact of Adverse Experiences of Childhood (ACEs) on the health and well-being of children and young people extending into adult life. There is a growing demand for interventions to prevent their harmful effects.Research will be reviewed about the impact of ACEs through population studies, intergenerational studies, and specific groups – self harming, mental health, and substance abuse, offending, and violent behaviour.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/therapeutic-interventions-adverse-childhood-experiences 
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

FRIDAY 23 APR 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

We are pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Conference to focus on improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Angelina Jalonen Head of Therapeutic Services The Refugee Council will give a national update which will look at supporting refugees through the hardship and isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and focus sessions will cover; multi-tiered and comprehensive MHPSS Systems & Psychological First Aid, working with refugees to improve mental health, and best practice examples of specialist clinical interventions.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/improving-mental-health-support-for-asylum-seekers-and-refugees  
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Follow the conference on Twitter #RefugeeMentalHealth
Improving Access, Treatment and Support for People with a Diagnosis of Personality Disorder

THURSDAY 20 MAY 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

This conference focuses on Improving Access, Treatment and Support for People with a Diagnosis of Personality Disorder both during and beyond Covid-19. You will have the opportunity to network with colleagues who are working to improve access and treatment for people with personality disorder, self assess and reflect on your own practice and gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/personality-disorder  
or email nicki@hc-uk.org.uk
Follow the conference on Twitter #PersonalityDisorder2021
Masterclass: Therapeutic work with children and young people suffering child sexual abuse and exploitation

THURSDAY 20 MAY 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

This Masterclass programme, facilitated by Dr Arnon Bentovim and Carol Jolliffe, will help practitioners working in social care, health, education and youth justice to deliver effective therapeutic work with children subject to sexual abuse and exploitation. The approach recognises that sexual abuse and exploitation occur in a context of significant adversity, and is based in Trauma Informed Practice which recognises common responses to adversity in childhood are traumatic, and such responses in association with a variety of social, psychological and genetic influences can trigger an extensive set of complex overlapping physical, behavioural and mental health responses. Practitioners in social care, health, education and youth justice who need to develop their skills in working with children and young people who have been sexually abused and exploited should attend.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/therapy-child-abuse
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Masterclass: Childhood Neglect: Approaches to understanding, assessment and interventions

THURSDAY 27 MAY 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

This masterclass, facilitated by Carla Thomas and Carol Jolliffe, Child and Family Training, will consider the complexity of understanding, managing and modifying the impact of childhood neglect. It will support practitioners and managers in considering interventions to modify neglectful parenting and to increase children’s resilience. All practitioners, and managers, working with children and families in Health, Education, Social Care, in the Public and Voluntary sector should attend.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/childhood-neglect
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk

Guardian Article about Covid-19 and mental health

There was an interesting article about the Coronavirus and mental health in the UK published in the comment section of the The Guardian today. Have a read and tell us what you think…

Has the pandemic really caused a ‘tsunami’ of mental health problems?

Richard Bentall, Professor of Clinical Psychology: University of Sheffield

“With a team of experts from the Universities of Sheffield, Ulster, Liverpool, UCL and Royal Holloway and Bedford College I have been monitoring the mental health of the UK population since the beginning of the crisis. Looking at our findings, we think that this tsunami narrative is misleading. If accepted uncritically, it could undermine efforts to protect the health of the population and also our ability as a nation to recover once the crisis is over. Here is why….

Click here to read the complete article