Another interesting article in The Guardian

We should be overhauling the school system, not rushing to send children back

By Suzanne Moore on Monday 18th May, 2020.

“The emotional and social development of our children is paramount, not a rushed, unsafe return to constant invigilation.”

Click here to read the whole article:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/18/we-should-be-overhauling-the-school-system-not-rushing-to-send-children-back

Let us know your comments or thoughts …

Interesting article by Lee Hudson ( Consultant Paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London)

Reopen the schools or a generation will bear the mental health scars

Click below to read the full article:

https://www.theguardian.com/global/commentisfree/2020/may/17/reopen-the-schools-or-a-generation-will-bear-the-mental-health-scars

A debate about the complex issues involved in these decisions could be useful in forming future policies. Comments please!

Children and the Internet: Advice from the NSPCC

The Internet is playing a growing role in most of our lives, including the lives of children. Especially during the current Coronavirus situation, many children are making use of the Internet to connect with their schools, as well as for home learning and entertainment.

Whilst the Internet offers many great educational and fun things for children, it also presents some risks.

The NSPCC has published a range of useful resources to help parents and carers ensure their children use the Internet safely, including:

UNICEF Report: Children in Lockdown – What Coronavirus means for UK children

“Children’s lives have been turned upside down by coronavirus. For some children, with the right support and resources, the situation will
be manageable, but for others the effects of the pandemic will cast a long shadow over their lives. The response to coronavirus already is exposing the fragile situation that many children and young people live in. Hundreds of thousands of children who rely on school, health and social systems and the support of the voluntary sector are being left unprotected as these systems are weakened. Thousands more, unknown to the system, will likely find themselves in need of support over the coming weeks, but as yet remain invisible to authorities…

Click here to read full report.

Coronavirus Resources

We’ve put together a range of resources to help children and young people, as well as their parents and carers during the current situation.

For young people:

  • The Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families has produced this video giving advice for young people about managing their mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus situation.

Talking with children:

For parents and carers

  • The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has also produced this video with guidance to parents and carers about how they can help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing during any disruption caused by the Coronavirus.
  • Norfolk County Council has produced these tips for staying healthy and happy while at home.




Do you know of any more resources we should include here?
Please send us an email at ContactPMHA@gmail.com

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/

IACAPAP 2020 (Singapore): Call for abstracts for Poster Presentations

The 24th World Congress of the International Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), which will be held in Singapore between the 20th and 23rd July, has issued a call for abstracts for poster presentations. They say:

Submit an abstract and be selected as a Poster Presenter at the 24th World Congress…. Submission is open to all health care professionals, academics and researchers from all fields of applications and backgrounds with an interest in mental health.

ABSTRACT TOPICS INCLUDE:
– Addictive Disorders
– Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
– Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders
– Mood and Anxiety Disorders
– Basic Science and Imaging
– Bipolar DisorderEducation and Learning
– Epidemiology

To view the full list of abstract topics and submission guidelines, click here

You can submit an abstract here. The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended until February 10.

To read more about the conference, click here. Early booking rates are available for the conference until March 11.