We Can Talk: Free Online Training

The We Can Talk website offers training, advice and resources for hospital staff working with children and young people’s mental health

The project has:

  • Co-produced (with hospital staff, young people and mental health experts) a competency framework in children and young people’s mental health
  • Developed, piloted and evaluated a co-designed (and co-delivered) one-day training linked to the competencies to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of any member of staff who sees children and young people in their role (clinical and non-clinical).

These offer brilliant, free, online e-learning that teaches hospital staff how to talk to young people who come in with a mental health crisis.

They are perfect for any doctor or health professional who struggles to know what to say and do with CAMHS patients in ED and the ward.

Take a look, you won’t regret it. It even gives you a Certificate and / or CPD points….

For more information https://wecantalk.online

RCPCH: State of Child Health 2020

In March, the RCPCH published its ‘State of Child Health 2020’ report. This landmark report provides a snapshot of infant, children and young people’s physical and mental health. 

The RCPCH say: “On 4 March 2020, RCPCH launched our new State of Child Health. The update provides the latest data from our 2017 indicators, alongside evidence for new indicators, including: looked after children, mental health, youth violence, young carers and the child health workforce. Alongside this, we’ve spoken to 2,000 children and young people to find out what makes them feel “healthy, happy and well”.

We’ve outlined our key asks for each of the UK Governments, which we hope will ensure delivery of key policy decisions to improve child health outcomes.

The State of Child Health 2020 Report utilises comparable UK data across 27 child health and wellbeing indicators to produce a range of associated recommendations aimed at improving outcomes. It builds on the 2017 Report which provided an unprecedented snapshot of how infant, children and young people’s physical and mental health was faring across the UK.  

Click below to read the report:

http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/state-of-child-health

The Importance of Human Contact Today

During the interval of a recent concert by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dr Dickon Bevington, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, gave a thought provoking, and topical talk:

The Importance of Human Contact today, about Mentalization, Attachment and Kindness.

About Dr Dickon Bevington:

Dr Bevington is the Medical Director at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS FT where he leads CASUS, an outreach service for complex substance using youth. He is also a Fellow of the Cambridge and Peterborough CLARHC, a collaboration based in Cambridge University dedicated to developing leadership and research in health and social care.

Dr Bevington’s consultant career started in adolescent in-patient psychiatry, but he now concentrates on developing and delivering innovative home-based or street-level out-reach interventions for complex, co-morbidly burdened young people who are socially excluded, using mentalization to underpin both the therapeutic and the organisational approach to this work. In this respect, together with Dr Peter Fuggle, he is the co-lead for the Adolescent Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT) project.

Dr Bevington trains and lectures internationally on MBT and AMBIT, and has published a number of papers and chapters in the eld of mentalization and multimodal outreach approaches, most recently with Dr Fuggle. He is also co-author of “ What works for whom: a critical review of treatments for children and adolescents” which is a review of all treatment trials in the past 10-15 years across the world.

Take a look at the Anna Freud Centre website for more information about this field of Child Mental Health.

For a great resource for on-line learning, click on link below: https://www.annafreud.org/mental-health-professionals/anna-freud-learning-network/

Don’t miss! : PMHA online talks on paediatric mental health

Due to overwhelming demand, this event is currently fully booked, but the PMHA are currently trying to make more spaces available. If you are interested, please try again! If you continue to have problems, click here to send us an email.

15th July 2020 – A free online event

Please register below with your
NHS / university / affiliation email

Closing date for registration: 1st July 2020

The PMHA, supported by RCPCH, is holding an afternoon of talks on Paediatric Mental Health. They are aimed at all interested health professionals, including paediatric trainees, SAS doctors, Consultants, Clinical Psychologists Child Psychiatrists, and other CAMHS professionals.

Draft Programme:

11.45 Opening

12.00 – Attachment and Autism
Dr Gina Gomez, Clinical Psychologist in Community Paediatrics – Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust 

13.00 – Maximising therapeutic benefit during mental health crisis in a paediatric ward
Dr Rory Conn, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist – Devon Partnership Trust 

14.00-14.15 Break

14.15 – Update on how to manage eating disorders
Dr Nasima Matine, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – Clinical Lead for The Phoenix Centre

15.15 – The mental health crisis in school – Education and mental health interface
Prof Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge

16.15 Close

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Staying Sane in the Times of Covid-19

An article by Dr Emma Blake, Consultant Paediatrician, now Chair / Convenor of PMHA

Well, in these crazy times – with universal maelstroms – all of us are trying to cope with our personal whirlpools. Being a front line medic, whilst coping as a “full time” parent and teacher; trying to keep yourself, your kids and everyone else around you sane – it’s not manageable, is it?

I wish I had all the answers. Medice, cura te ipsum. Heal thyself. But no-one knows the cure for Covid-19, no immunisation – even against the anxiety and psychological impact of it. As a paediatrician, mother of four, with “shielded” vulnerable relatives; suddenly homeschooling three children and trying to get a “gap-year” son trapped in Vietnam back to the family;  I, like the rest of us, am trying to juggle all the balls whilst wearing minimal / flimsy PPE.

At the PMHA (Paediatric Mental Health Association) we are trying to find resources to support parents who are doing the best they can to care for their children’s health, education and emotional needs at home. A popular PMHA Facebook post (which has currently reached over 9.6 million people!) suggests taking the pressure off ourselves with regard to home-schooling or children; to try to take the stress out of the situation as much as possible.

Enjoy the time together – “cuddle up and read, read, read” etc. The best way to de-stress kids is to de-stress ourselves (often easier said than done). Obviously older kids (GCSEs and A Levels) need more structured work (thank you teachers!), but the principle is the same – our kids will remember what this felt like at home. They will remember the emotions and relationships.

We are seeing an increase in mental health presentations to paediatric wards – when we are doing our best to keep people safe at home. However, not all young people are safe at home. Abuse is escalating, domestic violence and parental mental health / substance abuse difficulties are worsening. As paediatricians, we need to be more aware of mental health and safeguarding issues, more than ever. The most vulnerable children are more hidden from view – and we are waiting for a tsunami (not only from Covid-19 ventilated elderly – but also young people who have had to cope with the “perfect storm”at home).

In addition to our Facebook page; the PMHA, along with Serena Haywood (St Georges) and Simon Chapman (Kings) have also developed a website – Indoor Explorers – to try to bring together resources to support parents at this difficult time.

If you have any useful resources for parents or professionals at this time – please share them with us at ContactPMHA@gmail.com

Dr Emma Blake,
Child Mental Health & General Paediatric Consultant,
Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children, Isle of Wight,
Vice Chair PMHA and Chair of Child Mental Health (CSAC) at the RCPCH

PMHA online talks on paediatric mental health

15th July 2020 – A free online event

Please register below with your
NHS / university / affiliation email

Closing date for registration: 1st July 2020

The PMHA, supported by RCPCH, is holding an afternoon of talks on Paediatric Mental Health. They are aimed at all interested health professionals, including paediatric trainees, SAS doctors, Consultants, Clinical Psychologists Child Psychiatrists, and other CAMHS professionals.

Draft Programme:

11.45 Opening

12.00 – Attachment and Autism
Dr Gina Gomez, Clinical Psychologist in Community Paediatrics – Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust 

13.00 – Maximising therapeutic benefit during mental health crisis in a paediatric ward
Dr Rory Conn, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist – Devon Partnership Trust 

14.00-14.15 Break

14.15 – Update on how to manage eating disorders
Dr Nasima Matine, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – Clinical Lead for The Phoenix Centre

15.15 – The mental health crisis in school – Education and mental health interface
Prof Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge

16.15 Close

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Lockdown learning and play

Opportunities for unstructured play in the early years
are really important, says Ramchandani

A while back, The Guardian published this interesting article discussing learning at home through play in the context of the Coronavirus crisis…

“Learning at home does not have to look like school and probably shouldn’t, says Britain’s first play professor. With coronavirus closures offering opportunities for home learning, and many parents more on hand during the lockdown, play can come into its own, says Paul Ramchandani, Lego professor of play at the University of Cambridge…

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/apr/21/dont-turn-your-home-into-school-lego-prof-of-play-on-lockdown-learning

Where is the voice of the child in weighing the cost of this pandemic?

Frontline paediatricians have written to the editor of the British Medical Journal, advocating for the rights and safeguarding of children 

“We call upon Government to move quickly and decisively to try and repair the harm suffered by young, vulnerable people during this pandemic. Failure to do so will come at a price too high.”

To read the full text of the letter, click below:

https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1669/rr-5

Request for information:

Any guidance on managing unwell children in acute settings who have learning difficulties or autism

Dr. Cassie Coleman, a paediatrician in Oxford, is looking for anyone who is aware of any guidance on managing unwell children in acute settings who have learning difficulties or autism.

They are going to write guidance in Oxford but would be grateful if anyone has already done some work on this in their regions and is happy to share.

If you have any information, please can you email it to: cass81@doctors.org.uk

Thank you!