RCPCH Briefing on Brexit

The RCPCH President Professor Russell Viner recently wrote to all College members highlighting his concerns about the impact of Brexit on children and young people, and on our public life and institutions.

You can read his briefing by clicking on the link or the screenshot below:

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/key-topics/leaving-the-eu

The RCPCH invites members to get in contact about this:

“Should you feel there is information that will be a benefit for the College to monitor and consider, then please do be in touch. As always, we are keen that our response to these issues is driven by a thorough understanding of the issues affecting members in Trusts and Health Boards across the UK” 

Contact:
Melissa Ashe (Head of Policy)
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Melissa.Ashe@rcpch.ac.uk (+44 (0)20 7092 6095)

RCPCH Sub-specialty training (NTN grid) in Child Mental Health. 1 Level 3 Training Post available in East Anglia Deanery.

Paediatric Trainees at Level 2 with an interest in Child Mental Health should consider this!

Application process from 6th September 2019 to 23rd September 12:00 (BST )

For full details and application guidance, please go to RCPCH website using the link below:

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/sub-specialty-training-ntn-grid-application-guidance

Upcoming event

RCPCH – How to Manage: Emotional and behavioural problems

This one-day course will enable you to confidently support children and young people with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Date: 4 October 2019 – 4 October 2019
Time: 09.00 – 17.00

Location:
RCPCH
5-11 Theobalds Road
London
WC1X 8SH
United Kingdom

For more information:

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/education-careers/courses/rcpch-course/how-manage-emotional-behavioural-problems

Newsletter from the PMHA Convenor

The PMHA Newsletter – March 2019

Dr Sheila Peters, Convenor

Welcome to my first members’ newsletter for the PMHA!

We’re planning for this to become a regular feature, to keep you in touch with what’s happening in the world of paediatric mental health.

We recently had another successful two day winter meeting, at its usual venue of Highgate House in Creaton, near Northampton. Feedback was enthusiastic and the great presentations will be emailed to the attendees. If you weren’t there this year, hopefully you will be in 2020! Keep an eye on the website for dates and details. 

There’s also the PMHA session at the RCPCH Spring meeting in Birmingham. We are on the afternoon of Tuesday 14th May. This year we’re with the Clinical Ethics special interest group. Hope to see you there!

The Mental Health CSAC are working hard on a Mental Health SPIN module, which we are hoping to be ready to launch later in 2019. We’re delighted to report that a Mental Heath Grid trainee has just been appointed, in the East of England Deanery.

The PMHA is involved with the Mental Health in Paediatric Care working group at the RCPCH, with 3 work streams –  research and outcomes, training and standards, and influence and advocacy. We’ll post news of this in future newsletters.

And now…

There is such a lot going on in paediatric mental health at the moment, the executive committee members simply can’t provide all the inputs requested to various national projects. Would ‘you’, as a PMHA member, be interested in getting involved in one of the projects, on behalf of the PMHA?   

Here are the things we need help with at the moment:

  1. MindEd – The MindEd consortium meet a couple of times a year and PMHA input is needed.
  2. SNOMED-CT – A national vocabulary of clinical phrases for use within health and care systems. As an RCPCH specialty group, the PMHA needs to contribute a bank of mental health terms to the project, and we’d love some help to do this. So if the IT side of clinical work floats your boat, please get in touch! 
  3. Consultations on NICE draft quality standard for a service model for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. If you’d like to contribute, we can send you the draft for comment.

If you’re interested, please click here to contact the PMHA.

Researching, practising, and debating mental health care

The Lancet recently published a commentary discussing mental health care. The introduction to the article reads:

“Mental health is a complex issue: one in which we all have a stake. Much has been learned over the past few decades regarding the causes and best treatments in this area, but there is still a great deal more that can and should be done. Research into prevention and management is much needed to develop the evidence base for what works.

The field of mental health has generated contested ideas and beliefs as well as polarisation, bitterness, and intransigence. That is why the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society have come together to affirm a common set of ideals and principles for how we, as professionals, discuss these topics.”

To read the full article, click here.

Help identify priorities for preventing suicide amongst autistic people 

On average, autistic people are nine times more likely to die by suicide than non-autistic people. Leading researchers and charities are looking for health professionals, policy makers and service providers to join autistic people and their families in helping shape future prevention plans.

Please consider completing this online survey about priorities for research and policy:

Complete the Survey

The project is led by Dr Sarah Cassidy at Nottingham University with support from Newcastle and Coventry Universities, the UK’s autism research charity Autistica, the NIHR’s James Lind Alliance and international autism research organisation INSAR.