Dr Sarah Temple, a GP and director of EHCAP – an organisation providing innovative solutions for education, health, care and prison services – has written a great book aimed at supporting children and families to be emotionally ready for school. The book, ‘All Emotions Are Okay’, is a bright and colourful exploration of the emotions young children, and their parents or carers, might feel when they start school.
We are delighted to announce that, starting in June 2021, the PMHA is running a series of free webinars on children’s and young people’s mental health.
The webinars will run fortnightly on Monday evenings and will cover a range of topics relevant to the RCPCH training curriculum. Paediatric doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, as well as professionals from other medical specialties, are all welcome to attend.
We are excited to be collaborating with several different groups on this project. Half of our sessions will be aimed at general Paediatricians and we will be working with the very popular Thinking Together group to deliver some of these. The other half of our sessions will be run in conjunction with other subspecialty groups within the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), covering particular mental health issues affecting their patient populations.
First Webinar – Monday 7th June, 7:30pm
Our first webinar, run in collaboration with the Thinking Together group, will take place at 7:30pm on Monday 7th June. The focus will be Medically Unexplained Symptoms, and it will be delivered by the wonderful Dr. Virginia Davies, Consultant Paediatric Liaison Psychiatrist at The Whittington Hospital. It’s sure to be an engaging and interesting session and we look forward to welcoming lots of you there.
To register your interest in attending these webinars, please sign up to our mailing list at the following link using your professional email address (nhs.net or nhs.uk):
We will send regular emails with details of upcoming sessions and booking links. We will also make this information about the sessions available here on the PMHA website.
We’re looking forward to getting started with this new project
and can’t wait for you all to join us.
Liaison psychiatrists work at the interface between physical and psychological health.
Providing specialist mental health assessment and treatment for patients attending general hospitals, they deal with a range of problems including self-harm, adjustment to illness and physical and psychological co-morbidities.
The clinical content of liaison psychiatry practice is complex, and every day brings a new challenge.
Liaison Psychiatrists educate general hospital colleagues to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence in the basics of management of common mental health problems that they encounter in their practice.
Liaison psychiatrists work with medical and surgical colleagues as their patients can have high levels of mental health problems.
Also, patients with chronic disease may have difficulty managing their condition which liaison psychiatric input can help.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health is moving increasingly under the spotlight on political and public agendas. We are seeing almost daily media articles focusing on the rising rates of acute presentations of children and adolescents in crisis to Emergency Departments (ED), as well as the expanding waiting lists for community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Although there have been developments in policy to address the needs of young people with mental health difficulties such as Future in Mind1, the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health2 and the Long Term Plan3; there is still a long way to go to achieve parity with adult mental health services, let alone physical health provisions.
The Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) Accreditation Committee were keen to broaden the scope of the current PLAN Quality Standards to encompass patients of all ages.
The standards in this document have been developed from current legislation, guidance and experts, and shared with members of the RCPsych Paediatric Liaison Network6 for their input and approval.
Quality Standards for Children and Young People for Liaison Psychiatry Services Royal College of Pschiatrists April 2019
Following the successful Online Afternoon Talks held last year, we are pleased to announce they will take place again in the summer of 2021 on the following date:
15 July 2021, starting at 1pm, ONLINE
This meeting is aimed primarily at Paediatric Trainees and SAS Doctors with an interest in Child Mental Health. It may also be of interest to trainees in CAMHS, A&E and General Practice.
Full details of the meeting and how to apply will be announced shortly.
Watch this space!
The Anna Freud Learning Network is a free national network for professionals, both individuals and organisations, which shares the latest research, resources, and learning opportunities to those working to transform the mental health of children and young people.
To find out more and to join the network, please click on the link below
The RCPCH conference is taking place now. As part of the conference, the PMHA is holding a joint workshop next week:
‘Difference and Self’ – A joint workshop with the British Association for Paediatricians in Audiology
Date: Tuesday 13th October
Time: 2 – 5 pm
This workshop will now be delivered in webinar form. Chaired by Dr Winfred Baddo and Dr Sheila Peters, this free, live online event will feature guest lectures and abstract presentations, with opportunities for delegates to ask questions.
To find out more and to register, click on the link below:
14:00 – 15:10 Chair: Dr Winifred Baddoo, Associate Specialist Paediatrician, Chairperson of the British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology (BAPA)
14:00 – 14:20 Voice of the child – views from children and young people on difference and self (video)
14:20 – 14:50 Visual difference: A contextual approach to understanding and supporting children, Dr James Kiff, Clinical Psychologist Specialising in Appearance Related Concerns
14:50 – 15:00 A biopsychosocial model of care for children and young people with persistent, unexplained, physical symptoms (PUPS), Abstract ID 250, J Pales
15:00 – 15:10 Engaging a community in supporting the mental health of young people, Abstract 591, S Green
15:10 – 15:30 Comfort break
15:30 – 17:00 Chair: Dr Sheila Peters, Consultant paediatrician, University Hospitals Southampton, Convenor of the Paediatric Mental Health Association
15:30 – 16:00 Social emotional functioning of deaf children and young people, Emmanouela Terlektsi, University of Birmingham Lecturer in deaf education and Programme lead of the teachers of the Deaf programme
16:00 – 16.30 National Deaf CAMHS: The first 10 years, Dr Rob Walker, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, National Deaf CAMHS (Central England)
16:30 – 17:00 Questions and poster discussion
CCCU BSc Child Nursing alumna Kim Cunningham discusses the unique mental health care needs of children, and her experience as a hospital lead for the ‘We Can Talk’ initiative.
I studied paediatric nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and during my time as a student nurse I came across lots of children and young people with mental illness admitted onto the paediatric ward. Quite often they were just there for a short time, whilst assessed and discharged back to the community. However, sometimes those with more complex mental health needs, their admission stays were for a few days and sometimes weeks, whilst awaiting an inpatient bed.
Any guidance on managing unwell children in acute settings who have learning difficulties or autism…
Dr. Cassie Coleman, a paediatrician in Oxford, is looking for anyone who is aware of any guidance on managing unwell children in acute settings who have learning difficulties or autism.
They are going to write guidance in Oxford but would be grateful if anyone has already done some work on this in their regions and is happy to share.
If you have any information, please can you email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a message from Dr Karen Street, MA (Oxon), BMBCh, MRCPCH, MScTLHP, who has recently been appointed the Assistant Officer for Mental Health on the RCPCH Health Improvement Committee and is a member of the PMHA Executive Committee:
I am the new Assistant Officer for Mental Health on the RCPCH Health Improvement Committee. I trained in Oxford, Sheffield and Bristol, and for the last 13 years have been a Consultant general paediatrician at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. Throughout my very broad training (with a few detours to have my three children) I have always been interested in the overlap areas between community child health and acute paediatric hospital care, which over my Consultant career has developed more specifically into the overlap between physical and mental health. I believe in entirely joined up working with child and adolescent mental health professionals and over the last 10 years in Exeter, East and Mid Devon we have together established an eating disorder service which is cited as a good practise example in the commissioning guide ‘Access and waiting time standard for children and young people with an eating disorder’, a commissioner funded P3 (persistent, problematic, unexplained, physical symptoms) pilot, which has been presented at RCPCH and YPHSIG conferences, and we are now the first district general hospital in the southwest to have a paediatric liaison psychiatrist.
In the second half of my Consultant career I have changed my working pattern and applied for the college role in which I am excited to both learn and to bring my local experience to a national level. My aims are to promote the message that ‘mental health is our business’ in all areas of college work and to all college members, and to ensure that mental health considerations are embedded into all aims, policies, guidance etc produced by the College. An essential part of this is incorporating mental health into the training of future paediatricians at medical school, foundation years and through our Progress curriculum and I hope that some of this can be achieved by developing joint training initiatives with our CAMHS colleagues within the RCPsych. In my role I will also be continually advocating for integrated physical/mental health services for children and young people in my interactions at strategic level and by producing an RCPCH position statement, and including it in the role of the new RCPCH ambassadors who will be working at STP/ICS level.
I look forward to being a part of the Paediatric Mental Health Association Executive Committee.
Karen is coming to our next Highgate meeting in January 2020 and looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible
Take a look at the programme, if you haven’t already seen it. It promises to be a fantastic meeting! Please spread the word.