The dates for this year’s PMHA Annual Winter Meeting have been set for the 23rd and 24th of January, 2020.
The programme will be posted in the autumn.
We hope you will join us!
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
5-11 Theobalds Road
For more information:
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.
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:
- MindEd – The MindEd consortium meet a couple of times a year and PMHA input is needed.
- 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!
- 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.
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.
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:
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.
It couldn’t be simpler.
Cuts to children’s mental health services are real, devastating and have no justification or mandate.
Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/stop-cuts-children-mental-health-services