Lockdown learning and play

Opportunities for unstructured play in the early years
are really important, says Ramchandani

A while back, The Guardian published this interesting article discussing learning at home through play in the context of the Coronavirus crisis…

“Learning at home does not have to look like school and probably shouldn’t, says Britain’s first play professor. With coronavirus closures offering opportunities for home learning, and many parents more on hand during the lockdown, play can come into its own, says Paul Ramchandani, Lego professor of play at the University of Cambridge…

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/apr/21/dont-turn-your-home-into-school-lego-prof-of-play-on-lockdown-learning

Attachment Matters Survey

Request for contributors to a Survey of Routinely Used Interventions for Improving Attachment in Infants and Children

Please could you pass this link on to all your team members and colleagues who work with children and / or their caregivers therapeutically.

A team of researchers at UCL and the University of York are conducting an important survey of current practice in the UK for 0-13 year old children with, or who are at risk of, attachment problems, and / or their caregivers.

We are  contacting as many teams and individual practitioners as possible across the UK. 

Our aim is to build a picture of the availability of different kinds of support for those children and families as this information is currently not known. The results will be essential for setting priorities for clinical practice and establishing the availability of attachment interventions in different areas for this group of children. 

We hope to find out about face-to-face working, and not online provision. This work will also play an important role in strengthening the evidence base underpinning those interventions. Survey responses will be anonymous, no individuals will be identified in any published materials arising from this  project.

The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete and can be completed on desktop computer or on mobile phones or tablets.

To read the information sheet and to take part, all you have to do is click the link below, which will take you to a secure online survey:

https://redcap.slms.ucl.ac.uk/surveys/?s=FJRL7A9EHX

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.



Reminder: Call for poster abstracts for the PMHA Annual Meeting

We invite trainees in Paediatrics, Psychiatry, General Practice, and Emergency Medicine to submit abstracts for a poster session in which trainees can present their audits, research, or quality improvement projects related to child mental health.

To download a form and submit an abstract, please go to this page.

The deadline for submitting an abstract is November 30th.

NCEPOD – Mental Healthcare in Young People and Young Adults 2019

The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) recently published a review of the quality of care provided to children and young people with mental health conditions admitted to a general health hospital or mental health facility and an assessment of healthcare utilisation in this group using routinely collected national datasets.

Click on the link below to go to the publication:

NCEPOD – Mental Healthcare in Young People and Young Adults (2019)

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