Best for You: Learning Network Event

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Northwest London are holding an online ‘Learning Network Event’ on November 8th, between 2pm and 5pm.

At the event, you can find out more about a new and innovative service that addresses the needs of young people experiencing a mental health crisis in London. The event’s aim is to share learning with clinicians, managers, researchers and policymakers who may be thinking about different approaches to tackle the challenges ahead. 

Click here for more information about the event and to register.

Editorial Perspective: Rapid responses to understand and address children and young people’s mental health in the context of COVID-19

The following article by Cathy Creswell was recently published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry:

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Abstract

Prior to the pandemic, we already had good reason to be concerned about the mental health of children and young people. As an example, the 2017 Mental Health of Children and Young People (MHCYP) survey in England, comprising a large, national probability sample, identified that one in nine children had a probable mental health disorder, with a 49% increase in emotional disorders compared to a previous survey in 2004 (Sadler et al., 2018). The pandemic has clearly brought a broad range of challenges to children and young people. These include the direct viral threat to self, friends, and family (with recent estimates of a 17.5%–20.2% increase in parental bereavement in the United States; Kidman et al, 2021), as well as disruptions to school work, social interactions, family pressures, economic impacts, a lack of opportunity and ongoing uncertainty, and reduced access to mental health and other support from outside the home. So how have these experiences affected the mental health of children and young people?

Click here to read the full article

Upcoming Events

Healthcare Conferences UK would like to let you know about the following upcoming events. They offer a 20% discount with the code hcuk20pmha.

Preventing Suicide in Young People & Children

THURSDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2022, Online

This Sixth National Conference which this year will be held virtually focuses on Saving Young Lives – Preventing Suicide in Children and Young People. By attending this one day conference you will hear from expert speakers on how your services can reduce preventable suicides and save young lives. Through national updates, case studies from multi-agency settings and lived experience insight, this conference aims to set the scene for progress already being made and what needs to change to improve resilience, wellbeing, mental health support and effectively prevent suicide in children and young people. The conference will use case studies to demonstrate interventions that work in health, schools, universities and multi-agency settings. The conference will examine implementation of the self harm and suicide prevention competence framework for children and young people and will also reflect on suicide prevention in young people during Covid-19.

For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/preventing-suicide-in-young-people-children
or email aman@hc-uk.org.uk
Follow on Twitter @HCUK_Clare #savingyounglives
The Future of Adverse Childhood Experiences – ACE’s

THURSDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2022, Online

This masterclass will review developments in the field of ACEs since its introduction by Fellitti in 2000. A focus on understanding the range and life span impact of adversity in childhood has been transformative in the field of mental and physical health. However current developments which demonstrate that the ACEs score – a risk index – although associated with harmful outcomes at a population level, does not predict outcomes for the individual. This has raised questions about the value of the ACEs concept, and its future usefulness in practice, particularly as a screening tool, in child and adult practice. This course will reflect on the current position, and future directions, and make recommendations about prevention, approaches to heal the traumatic responses associated with ACEs, deal with the everyday stress associated, and promote resilience. 
All practitioners, managers, and policy makers across services health, social care, education and youth offending who work with children, young people, parents and their families affected by adversity. 

For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/the-future-of-adverse-childhood-experiences-ace-s
or email aman@hc-uk.org.uk
Sexual Abuse & Mental Health: Reducing the impact of abuse on mental health

FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2022, Online
Researched and produced in collaboration with Paul Scates Peer Specialist, Campaigner and Survivor of Sexual Abuse, this important and timely conference focuses on the important issue of sexual abuse and mental health and reducing the impact of abuse on mental health.
National updates, survivor perspectives, expert sessions and practical case studies will cover:
– The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown on sexual abuse and mental health
– Meeting the national commitment to ensure victims of sexual abuse receive a lifetime of effective mental health care
– Helping reduce the impact of abuse on later mental health problems
– Reflecting on the lived experience from a survivor perspective
– What does a gold standard sexual abuse pathway look like?
– Delivering a recovery focused approach for survivors
– Understand how to reduce the impact of abuse on later mental health problems
– Victim support, early mental health support, and the police role
– The role of Sexual Abuse Referral Centres in Mental Health
– Delivering therapeutic and practical support to adults who were abused as children and have turned to drugs, alcohol and other ways of self-harming as a consequence of that trauma
– Relieving the stress of families, carers and parents of children who have been affected by sexual abuse
– Delivering effective Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for children, young people and their families who have been affected by sexual abuse
– Working with complex trauma and dissociative disorders
– Supports CPD professional development  
 
For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/sexual-abuse-mental-health 
or email aman@hc-uk.org.uk
Follow on Twitter @HCUK_Clare #AbuseMH
Caldicott Principles & Information Sharing – Children & Young People

TUESDAY 6th DECEMBER 2022, Online

Healthcare Conferences UK in association with Christopher Fincken, Independent Member UK Caldicott Guardian Council, (Chairman 2012-2017) are pleased to announce this second National Conference which will focus on Information Sharing and Caldicott Principles in the health and social care of children and young adults. Following the success of our previous Caldicott Guardian National Conferences, and feedback from our regular Caldicott Training Masterclasses, this conference will focus on developing your role in improving communication and information sharing around children and young people whilst ensuring patient confidentiality.

For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/caldicott-principles-information-sharing-children-young-people
or email kate@hc-uk.org.uk
Follow the conference on Twitter @HCUK_Clare #CaldicottChildren
Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults: Delivering a Strengths-Based Approach

TUESDAY 13th DECEMBER 2022, Online

We are pleased to announce National Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults Conference which this year will focus on improving safeguarding practice: delivering a strengths based approach, transitional safeguarding, contextual safeguarding and complex safeguarding. Through national expert sessions and practical case studies the conference aims to bring together safeguarding leads working with adolescents and young people to understand current issues and the national context, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas you are facing in practice including supporting adolescents and young adults through and beyond Covid-19, and developing a strengths based approach to adolescent safeguarding.

For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/safeguarding-adolescents-and-young-adults  
or email aman@hc-uk.org.uk
Follow the conference on Twitter @HCUK_Clare #SafeguardingYoungAdults

Interested in Mental Health Leadership in Paediatrics?

Did you miss the PMHA Summer Meeting on Thursday 7th July 2022? You can still find out about this role here:

In 2020, the RCPCH issued a position statement that outlines the role of Paediatricians in supporting children and young people’s mental health and makes key recommendations to ensure their mental health needs are met. One of the recommendations was to have a Mental Health Lead in every team. Click here for full details about this.

More recently, NHS England created a website to outline the NHS response to meeting the challenge of increasing referrals to mental health services This gives links to useful resources and guidelines. Click here to learn more about this.

On 30 March 2022, the RCPCH hosted a webinar about the role that Paediatricians can play in supporting children and young people’s mental health. Click here to watch a recording of this Webinar.

Adverse childhood experiences: what support do young people need?

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) recently published an interested article about supporting children who have had adverse experiences:

“Recent NIHR research aims to improve the lives of children and young people exposed to adverse childhood experiences. It identifies the types of support young people feel they need from services, and offers ways to support the mental health of children in care and those adopted from care…”

Click here to read more.

BACCH Summer Meeting

The West Midlands British Association For Community Child Health (BACCH) summer meeting will be held on Friday July 1st, 2022.

Venue: West Bromwich Albion Football Club. The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands B71 4LF

New developments in Community Paediatrics through the pandemic
– Learning from the past, shaping the future

Click here to see the programme (may be revised)

Or click here to download an application form to register.

Webinar 18: The Role of Psychology within an Oncology Team   

Monday 25th April at 19.30 (on Zoom)

The next PMHA Trainee webinar will be on ‘The Role of Psychology within an Oncology Team’. The webinar will be delivered by Dr Angela Kirby, Clinical Psychologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and will also cover medically related trauma.  

Click here to sign up for the webinar 

Please sign up using your professional email address (@nhs.net or nhs.uk) and we will contact you when your registration has been approved.

ACAMH Event: Suicide in children and young people

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) recently announced the following interesting event being held online on the 6th May 9.30am to 12pm.

Suicide in children and young people: Everyone’s concern

The topic of suicide has been identified as a high priority area, particularly in the context of Covid and lockdown, and subject we should all be concerned with. We need to identify those that need help early, and give them the support they need, and provide their support networks with the tools they need to assist. Additionally, we need to be helping families, friends, teachers, and these support networks work through the trauma in the aftermath of a suicide.

This practically focused online conference, organised by ACAMH Scottish Branch, will have talks from clinicians, education professionals, leading agency and charity professionals, and Public Health Scotland. Join us for the latest evidence-based research, and learn how you and your colleagues can better support those in need.

Who should attend

Mental health professionals, health professionals, education professionals, social workers and allied professionals, and those interested in the topic.

Key takeaways

  • How to identify better children and young people at risk of suicide and how to talk to them
  • Improved knowledge of range of services available to support children young people and their families
  • Improved knowledge about the differences in what differing services have to offer.


Click here for more information about the event and to book

Research highlight

Surveillance methodology has been widely used in paediatrics (British Paediatric Surveillance Unit, BPSU) and psychiatry (Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Surveillance System, CAPSS) to provide epidemiological data on conditions of interest. This study aimed to investigate the degree to which community paediatricians are involved in the care of children and young people (CYP) with mental health conditions, with implications for the surveillance of these conditions.

The authors concluded that community paediatricians are most involved in the care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and that joint BPSU and CAPSS surveillance would be recommended for these disorders. Whilst community paediatricians are also involved in the care of CYP with emotional difficulties, often due to limited access to CAMHS, it was felt that the decision for single or joint surveillance should be made after consideration of all relevant factors. The authors also highlighted the urgent need to expand CAMHS services in order to provide support for CYP with emotional difficulties, who are currently being managed by community paediatricians.

Involvement of community paediatricians in the care of children and young people with mental health difficulties in the UK: implications for case ascertainment by child and adolescent psychiatric, and paediatric surveillance systems

Ayyash HF, Ogundele MO, Lynn RM, et al. Involvement of community paediatricians in the care of children and young people with mental health difficulties in the UK: implications for case ascertainment by child and adolescent psychiatric, and paediatric surveillance systems. BMJ Paediatrics Open 2021;5:e000713. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000713

Follow this link to read the full paper.

Research highlight

The bidirectional interplay between physical and mental health is well recognised, and yet the research methodology used to study the impact of childhood chronic illness on mental health outcomes has in the past often been suboptimal. A recently published longitudinal study aimed to remediate this by using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) to explore the relationship between chronic childhood illness and adolescent psychiatric disorders, including possible mediating factors, in children aged between 10 and 15 years.

One of the main study findings was that a high level of health-related school absenteeism was the most consistent predictor of mental health problems in adolescents. While there are multiple possible explanations for this, it nevertheless provides an important and interesting insight into the impact of chronic illness on a child’s life and health outcomes.  

Chronic illness in childhood and early adolescence: a longitudinal exploration of co-occurring mental illness

Brady AM, Deighton J, Stansfeld S. Chronic illness in childhood and early adolescence: A longitudinal exploration of co-occurring mental illness. Dev Psychopathol. 2021 Aug;33(3):885-898. doi: 10.1017/S0954579420000206. PMID: 32362290.

Follow this link to read the full paper.