Did you know that you can now see a lots of ACAMH events from wherever you might be at the moment?
With the global spread of the coronavirus, many organisations across the world are changing working practices to ensure everyone’s safety. One such organisation is the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH), which will not be staging physical events for the rest of 2020, but instead is bringing events online as live webinars, many of which will be free.
There are also a number of recorded webinars already available for view, including:
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
Registration for the PMHA Annual Meeting, which is being held on the 28th and 29th of January 2021, is now open.
This year’s meeting will be conducted ONLINE via Zoom. The meeting is a great way to connect with colleagues, refresh your skills, and pick up new knowledge and ideas. There is an exciting line up of talks and presentations relating to all aspects of paediatric mental health.
Fifteen-minute consultation on problems in the healthy child: sleep
Sleep-related issues are common reasons children present to health professionals. Many factors can adversely affect sleep quality, and there are many associations of inadequate sleep, including behavioural problems, obesity and accidental injury. We review the current evidence, and suggest practical management strategies to promote better sleep, and hopefully, better functioning for child and family alike.
This new report from Best Beginnings, Home Start UK, and the Parent-Infant Foundation reveals the impact of Covid-19 and subsequent measures on those pregnant, giving birth, or at home with a baby or toddler.
This article was published in the journal ‘Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry’ (June 2020) and may be of interest:
Paediatric medical care for children and young people with eating disorders: Achievements and where to next
Lee D Hudson and Simon Chapman
No other diagnoses epitomise the need for dual consideration of mental and physical health more than eating disorders. Anorexia Nervosa (AN) for example has the highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder, and half of deaths are thought to be due to physical complications (Sullivan, 1995). For this reason it is crucial for acute paediatrics and eating disorder teams to work closely over the assessment and management of these disorders, particularly in the early stages when physical risks are often highest.
This is not as easy as it sounds: mental health and physical health teams are often geographical distant from each other, have different ways of working, and may even view and speak of risk in different ways. Despite this, as for many countries, in the United Kingdom (UK), the journey to provide better paediatric care for children and young people (CYP) with eating disorders has been a gradual one, albeit with a number of recent victories. As two paediatricians working with CYP with eating disorders and eating disorder teams in the UK, we summarise the important developments of the past 10 years in the UK, and look to future steps…
To read the full article, click on the link below:
In March, the RCPCH published its ‘State of Child Health 2020’ report. This landmark report provides a snapshot of infant, children and young people’s physical and mental health.
The RCPCH say: “On 4 March 2020, RCPCH launched our new State of Child Health. The update provides the latest data from our 2017 indicators, alongside evidence for new indicators, including: looked after children, mental health, youth violence, young carers and the child health workforce. Alongside this, we’ve spoken to 2,000 children and young people to find out what makes them feel “healthy, happy and well”.
We’ve outlined our key asks for each of the UK Governments, which we hope will ensure delivery of key policy decisions to improve child health outcomes.
The State of Child Health 2020 Report utilises comparable UK data across 27 child health and wellbeing indicators to produce a range of associated recommendations aimed at improving outcomes. It builds on the 2017 Report which provided an unprecedented snapshot of how infant, children and young people’s physical and mental health was faring across the UK.
During the interval of a recent concert by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dr Dickon Bevington, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, gave a thought provoking, and topical talk:
The Importance of Human Contact today, about Mentalization, Attachment and Kindness.
About Dr Dickon Bevington:
Dr Bevington is the Medical Director at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS FT where he leads CASUS, an outreach service for complex substance using youth. He is also a Fellow of the Cambridge and Peterborough CLARHC, a collaboration based in Cambridge University dedicated to developing leadership and research in health and social care.
Dr Bevington’s consultant career started in adolescent in-patient psychiatry, but he now concentrates on developing and delivering innovative home-based or street-level out-reach interventions for complex, co-morbidly burdened young people who are socially excluded, using mentalization to underpin both the therapeutic and the organisational approach to this work. In this respect, together with Dr Peter Fuggle, he is the co-lead for the Adolescent Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT) project.
Request from Dr Lee Hudson: Clinical Associate Professor, UCL GOSH Institute of Child Health, London
“My colleagues and I (including the President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) are conducting an online study looking at how COVID-19 is affecting the lives, mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 16-24. It’s an academic study, not commercial and results will be used for academic research only. It is a joint project between UCL and Imperial College in London, but is covering the whole of the UK.
This is going to be really important to understand what the needs are now and moving forward for policy and healthcare
They are a particularly vulnerable group as they tend to fall between the cracks in terms of health provision but also having a voice
Please share this survey with young people aged between 16 and 24 …
To share the survey – copy the below link into an email:
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…