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PMHA Webinars

The webinars will run fortnightly on Monday evenings and will cover a range mental health topics relevant to the RCPCH training curriculum.

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5th July7.30-8.30History taking, Mental State, Examination and Formulation in General PaediatricsDr Megan Fisher: Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
19th July7.30-8.30Tics and Tourette’s: A General Paediatricians Guide Dr Emma Blake: General Paediatrician and Paediatric Mental Health ConsultantConvenor of the PMHA 
2nd August7.30-8.30Psychopharmacology for Paediatricians Dr. Martynas Malkov: Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
16th August 7.30-8.30Mental Health LawDr Suyog Dhakras: Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist  Mr Robert Wheeler Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon and Associate Medical Director, Department of Clinical Law 
3 week summer break
6th September 7.30-8.45Panel: Careers in Mental Health for Paediatricians Dr Cassie Coleman, Dr Anna Kyle, Dr Nancy Bostock, Dr Lee Hudson, Dr Max Davie, Dr Kim Pierson, Dr Hannah Mshelbwala and Dr Katya Certic
20th September 7.30-8.30Organic and Non-Organic Causes of Psychosis in ChildhoodDr Hilary Lloyd: Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

More interesting events from Healthcare Conferences UK

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

Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults: Delivering a Strengths-Based Approach
TUESDAY 13 JULY 2021 (VIRTUAL, Online)

We are pleased to announce National Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults Conference which this year will focus on improving safeguarding practice: delivering a strengths based approach, transitional safeguarding, contextual safeguarding and complex safeguarding. Through national expert sessions and practical case studies the conference aims to bring together safeguarding leads working with adolescents and young people to understand current issues and the national context, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas you are facing in practice including supporting adolescents and young adults through and beyond COVID-19, and developing a strengths based approach to adolescent safeguarding.

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

Follow on Twitter @HCUK_Clare #SafeguardingYoungAdults
Masterclass: Safeguarding Children Level 3 – NHS Level 4
FRIDAY 16 JULY 2021 (VIRTUAL, Online)

The course will explore child protection conferences, preparing child protection plans and the role of core groups to ensure the best outcomes for children at risk of harm. You will have the opportunity to take part in a simulated Case Conference based on a detailed case study.The aim of the course is that you will have a clear understanding of the assessment and decision-making processes and a sound grasp of the principles and processes for effective collaboration. You will also gain skills in preparing for the Case Conference including how to write a formal report, identifying what is and what isn’t evidence-based information and how to challenge decisions.The Facilitator for this course, Christine Moody, is a highly experienced senior manager with a track record of delivering sustained improvements in health and social care. She currently has a range of independent roles with specialist areas of expertise including safeguarding children’s, children mental health (CAMHS) tribunal member. Christine is an experienced trainer with a creative results-orientated approach who receives excellent feedback on her ability to engage with people and organisations to help them achieve measurable and realistic outcomes.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/masterclass-safeguarding-children-level-3-nhs-level-4 or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk 
Assessing Parenting and a Child’s Environment using the HOME Inventory
FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2021 (VIRTUAL, Online)
The Home Observation and Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Caldwell and Bradley (1984; 2003) has been extensively utilised across clinical and research contexts and provides a validated and reliable measure of parenting capacity which can be utilised in a wide range of assessments and provide a measure of change. This one day Masterclass will provide practitioners with; tools to explore the child or young person’s experiences in their home environment; the skills to administer the 24-hour interview; guidance on how to score the HOME and make a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the child or young person’s experience of care in their home environment; an evidential basis for planning interventions and measuring outcomes.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/parenting-childs-environment-home-inventory or email nicki@hc-uk.org.uk
Decision making using the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework
THURSDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 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
Caldicott Principles & Information Sharing – Children & Young People
TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2021 (VIRTUAL, Online)

Healthcare Conferences UK in association with Christopher Fincken, Independent Member UK Caldicott Guardian Council, (Chairman 2012-2017) are pleased to announce this second National Conference which will focus on Information Sharing and Caldicott Principles in the health and social care of children and young adults. Following the success of our previous Caldicott Guardian National Conferences, and feedback from our regular Caldicott Training Masterclasses, this conference will focus on developing your role in improving communication and information sharing around children and young people whilst ensuring patient confidentiality.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/caldicott-principles-information-sharing-children-young-people or email kate@hc-uk.org.uk

Follow on Twitter @HCUK_Clare #CaldicottChildren

PMHA Webinar 2 – Optimising Mental Health in Asthma

After a very successful start to our evening webinar series last week, booking is now open for the PMHA’s next webinar, “Optimising Mental Health in Asthma – The Role of the MDT”.

The first of our webinars focusing on mental health issues within a specific Paediatric subspecialty, the webinar will be delivered by two members of Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s fantastic Paediatric Respiratory team – Dr. Louise Selby, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician, and Dr. Amy Shayle, Clinical Psychologist – and is sure to be relevant to anyone looking after children and young people with asthma.

It will take place on Monday 21st June at 7:30pm.

Booking is available here.  

We look forward to seeing you next Monday!


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Liaison Psychiatry / Paediatric Liaison Network

Liaison psychiatrists work at the interface between physical and psychological health.

Providing specialist mental health assessment and treatment for patients attending general hospitals, they deal with a range of problems including self-harm, adjustment to illness and physical and psychological co-morbidities.

The clinical content of liaison psychiatry practice is complex, and every day brings a new challenge.

Liaison Psychiatrists educate general hospital colleagues to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence in the basics of management of common mental health problems that they encounter in their practice.

Liaison psychiatrists work with medical and surgical colleagues as their patients can have high levels of mental health problems.

Also, patients with chronic disease may have difficulty managing their condition which liaison psychiatric input can help.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health is moving increasingly under the spotlight on political and public agendas. We are seeing almost daily media articles focusing on the rising rates of acute presentations of children and adolescents in crisis to Emergency Departments (ED), as well as the expanding waiting lists for community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Although there have been developments in policy to address the needs of young people with mental health difficulties such as Future in Mind1, the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health2 and the Long Term Plan3; there is still a long way to go to achieve parity with adult mental health services, let alone physical health provisions.

The Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) Accreditation Committee were keen to broaden the scope of the current PLAN Quality Standards to encompass patients of all ages.

The standards in this document have been developed from current legislation, guidance and experts, and shared with members of the RCPsych Paediatric Liaison Network6 for their input and approval.

Quality Standards for Children and Young People for Liaison Psychiatry Services Royal College of Pschiatrists April 2019

Click here for full report

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.