PMHA Annual meeting: Booking now open

This ONLINE meeting will be held on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January, 2022, on Zoom

Please go to The PMHA Meetings to see the programme, full details and a link to book to attend

Members of the PMHA will be able to book with a discount.

If you are not already a Member, but would like to receive this discount, please go to Join the PMHA and sign up. Only £25 a year.

We look forward to seeing you in January!

Upcoming PMHA Webinar: SPIN Modules in Child Mental Health

Interested in working in mental health as a Paediatrician? Thinking of applying for Child Mental Health SPIN? Interested in developing expertise as a local Lead Paediatrician in Child Mental Health?

Come along to a webinar on Monday 29th November at 19:30 to hear from members of the RCPCH Child Mental Health CSAC!

Register to attend using your NHS email and the link below:

Click here to register for this webinar

About child mental health special interest (SPIIN) modules:

SPIN in training for level 3 trainees – This is additional training and experience in a clinical area, which you complete in 12 to 18 months of clinical time. If you do a SPIN module and complete your training, you can apply for posts as a General Paediatrician with a special expertise.

Post completion SPIN for Paediatricians on the GMC specialist register – This is additional training or experience, which you complete usually over a 12 month to five year period.

Applications for modules starting in Feb/Mar 2022 are now open until Friday 3 December 2021.

To find out more, click here to go to the RCPCH website.

Call for Trainee Abstracts for PMHA Annual Meeting

The Paediatric Mental Health Association invites trainees in Paediatrics, Psychiatry, General Practice, and Emergency Medicine to submit abstracts for our Annual Winter Meeting

The meeting, taking place virtually on the 27th and 28th January 2022, attracts speakers and delegates from a wide range of specialties to discuss the latest research and updates in Child Mental Health.

This year’s meeting will feature a trainee-led virtual poster session in which trainees can present their audits, research, or quality improvement projects. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work in the area of child mental health and to share best practice with interested professionals from around the country. Three abstracts will also be selected for oral presentation on Day Two of the meeting (28th January). 

To submit an abstract, please click here to get an abstract template, fill it out, and then submit it by email to PMHAtrainees@gmail.com.

Please submit your abstracts to us by December 13th at the latest.

Your abstract will be reviewed by members of the PMHA Executive Committee and you will be notified of acceptance by the 20th of December.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and to welcoming you to our meeting in January!

PMHA Annual Winter Meeting Programme

The PMHA’s annual winter meeting will take place on the 27th and 28th January 2022, and will be held online via Zoom.

Target audience: Health care professionals interested in mental health.

Key aims: Education, update and discussions about current topics in children and young people’s mental health.

A booking link will be available soon, so please save the date if you are interested in attending. Below is the programme for the two-day meeting:


Thursday 27th January 2022

Symposium –  Childhood Social and Emotional Development

09:20-09:30Welcome and Introduction – Dr Cassie Coleman and Dr Bo Fischer
09:30-10:15The long-term impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of children who were in-utero or born during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Dr Jane Barlow, Professor of Evidence Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation, University of Oxford.
10:15-11:00The impact of maternal mental illness on the parent- infant relationship and implications for the developing infant.
Dr Selena Gleadow-Ware, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, NHS Lothian.
11:00-
11:15
Comfort break
11:15- 12:00On the ground – the Impact of Lockdown on Preschoolers– A Health Visitor’s Perspective.
Taifa Armstrong, Health Visitor, Bucks
12:00-12:45   Safeguarding sequelae of the pandemic   TBC
12:45-14:00Lunch break
14:00-14:30Screen use and Development – what is the evidence?
Dr Max Davie, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Lambeth.
14:30- 15:00Adolescents- Risk, resilience and relationships
– Demelza Holmes, Research in Practice
(pre-recorded talk )
15:00-16:00 Keynote lecture:  Health Inequalities: Everyone’s business ” – Professor Subodh Dave, Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Friday 28th January 2021

Symposium: The Complex Child

09:20-
09:30
Welcome and Introduction – Dr Cassie Coleman and Dr Bo Fischer
9:30-
10:15 
Unpicking complex cases involving
ASD/attachment/trauma/parenting styles/ADHD/anxiety
Dr Nancy Bostock, Consultant Paediatrician
10:15-
11.00
 Child to parent violence and abuse.
Carole Baker, Whose in Charge? Programme Trainer
11:00-
11:15
Comfort break
11:15-
12:00
Trainee presentations
12:00-
12:45
LAC/Adopted Children – Misdiagnosis of Complexity
Dr Matt Woolgar, Clinical Psychologist, South London & Maudsley
12:45-
13:15 
Lunch break
13:15-
14:00
Functional abdominal pain syndromes in children
Dr Kate Stein, CAMHS, Oxford.
14:00-
15:00
The Pandemic of Eating disorders – Some Case studies  –  TBC
End

There will also be Poster Presentations from Trainee Health Professionals, including Paediatricians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurses, GPs. Full details regarding how to submit a poster presentation about research into Child Mental Health for selection will also be available soon

Webinar 11: Pain in Severe Neurodisability

The PMHA’s next webinar, on the topic of “Pain in Severe Neurodisability”, will be held on Monday 15th November at 7.30pm.

This webinar will be delivered by Dr. Timothy Warlow, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care in Southampton.

To book a place at the webinar, click here

Please sign up using your professional email address (@nhs.net or nhs.uk) and we will contact you when your registration has been approved.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Coram BAAF Health Conference

15th November, 9.45am-3.45pm, ONLINE via Zoom

The theme this year is “mental health and wellbeing”

Confirmed speakers include the Rees Centre, the South East Clinical Networks Mental health project, the charity “Climbing Out,” and “The Green Light Trust”.

Book now to take advantage of the earlybird discount. There is an opportunity for members to share practice in the brief share slots (to replace poster presentations).

For further information or to book, click here

PMHA Webinar 9: Eating Disorders

The PMHA’s next webinar, on the topic of “Eating Disorders”, will be held on Monday 4th October at 7.30pm (Online).

Organised in conjunction with the Thinking Together group, this webinar will be delivered by Dr. Muriel Meso (Consultant Paediatrician), Dr. Victoria Chapman (Eating Disorder Consultant) and Dr. Ros Dharampal (Liaison Psychiatry Consultant).

To book a place at the webinar, click here.

Please sign up using your professional email address (@nhs.net or nhs.uk) and we will contact you when your registration has been approved.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

PMHA Webinar 8: It’s not too late to book

The next in the PMHA’s series of webinars will take place on Monday 20th September 19:30 (Online). The topic of this webinar is ‘Organic and Non-Organic Causes of Psychosis in Childhood.

The webinar will be presented by Dr Hilary Lloyd, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Salford Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Booking is available here.

Further webinars are being planned for October and November. Details will be available soon.


You may also be interested in the following events from Healthcare Conferences UK: They are pleased to offer a 20% discount with code “hcuk20pmha

Improving Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

TUESDAY 12 OCTOBER 2021, 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
Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults: Delivering a Strengths-Based Approach

WEDNESDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2021, 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.socialcareconferences.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/safeguarding-adolescents-and-young-adults 
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk



PMHA Webinar 8: Organic and Non-organic Causes of Psychosis in Childhood

The next in the PMHA’s series of webinars will take place on Monday 20th September 19:30 (Online). The topic of this webinar is ‘Organic and Non-Organic Causes of Psychosis in Childhood.

The webinar will be presented by Dr Hilary Lloyd, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Salford Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Booking is available here.

PMHA Webinar 7: Careers Panel

We hope you have had an enjoyable summer. After taking a break for the past few weeks, the PMHA Webinar series is now continuing – with a webinar on a different topic related to Paediatric mental health every fortnight.

The first webinar will be on Monday 6th September 19:30, ONLINE

Panel: 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

Are you considering working in child mental health as a Paediatrician? Come to hear the stories of Paediatricians who have forged their own paths and developed their own roles. Suitable for Paediatricians of all stages!

Booking is available here