Call for trainees to submit abstracts for posters at the 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 on the 23rd and 24th of January 2020, attracts speakers and delegates from a wide range of specialties to discuss the latest research and updates in Child Mental Health.

This year, for the first time, the meeting will feature a trainee-led poster session in which trainees can present their audits, research, or quality improvement projects related to child mental health. 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. There will also be an opportunity to give a five-minute oral presentation on Day Two of the meeting (Friday January 24th). 

To submit an abstract download and fill in the form below. Save a copy and return it as an attachment to ContactPMHA@gmail.com 

Send your abstracts to us by November 30th at the latest. Your abstract will be reviewed by members of the PMHA Executive Committee and you will be notified of acceptance by the 11th of December.

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

Please spread the word amongst your trainee colleagues!

Call for abstracts for the PMHA session of the RCPCH Annual Conference 2020

The involvement of the Paediatric Mental Health Association is vital in helping to attract a wide range of high-quality abstracts for presentation at the 2020 RCPCH Conference and exhibition.

All accepted abstracts will be considered for either oral or poster presentation and will also feature online, in the main conference programme and on the conference app.

The deadline to submit your abstract is Monday 21 October 2019.

Please click on the link below for further information https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news-events/rcpch-conference-exhibition/abstracts

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.