Our next webinar will be taking place on Monday 21st November at 19:30. The topic is ‘Contemporary Complexities of ADHD: Understanding and supporting diverse clinical presentations’, and it will be delivered by Dr. Cassie Coleman, Consultant Community Paediatrician
As usual, please register using your professional email account (@nhs.net, @nhs.uk or @nhs.scot)
After two years of meeting virtually, we are so looking forward to welcoming you all to the beautiful Minster Mill in Oxfordshire on the 26th and 27th January for the 2023 PMHA Annual Meeting.
We are currently finalising a fabulous programme with something for everyone, whether you work in CAMHS or Paediatrics, in hospital wards, the Emergency Department or the community. There will also be an opportunity for trainees to share the amazing work you’ve been doing over the last year.
Booking will be opening soon, so make sure to save the date!
The next webinar will take place on Monday 17th October at 7.30pm. The subject is ‘Autism in Girls: The Art of Masking’, and it will be delivered by Dr. Kim Pierson, Subspecialty Trainee in Child Mental Health.
Please sign up using your professional email address (@nhs.net, @nhs.uk or @nhs.scot) via the following link:
The following article by Cathy Creswell was recently published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry:
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?
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) present an online talk with Q&As.
Tuesday 11th October 2022 at 6pm
This talk will consider the impact of diabetes on peoples lives, clinical presentations, and an approach to safe management of the significant associated physical and mental health risks.
The event is organised by the London and South East ACAMH Branch. The format will be a joint talk from Dr. Helen Partridge and Dr. Carla Figueiredo for one-hour, which is followed by a 30 minute Q&A session.
Slides will be made available to delegates after the talk, together with access to a recording of the session for 90 days after the event. Please note these recordings are for delegates only and due to copyright and cannot be shared. All delegates will receive an CPD certificate via email.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Just a reminder about the upcoming PMHA Summer meeting on Thursday 7th July from 1pm. This will be useful for Paediatric trainees and consultants interested in becoming departmental mental health leads, or for those already in the role and keen to know what support is available.
13:30 – Welcome and Introductions
13:40 – Dr. Karen Street, RCPCH Officer for Mental Health: “The Role of Paediatricians in Supporting Mental Health”
14:25 – Dr. Richard Sankar, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, “Navigating Commissioning within Child Mental Health”
15:10 – Break
15:20 – Dr. Emma Blake, PMHA Convenor: “Building Networks and Getting Support in Your Role as Mental Health Lead”
16:05 – Dr. James Dearden, Paediatric Mental Health Lead: “Working as a Mental Health Lead in General Paediatrics”
16:50 – Close
As usual, please sign up using your professional email address (@nhs.net or nhs.uk) via the link below and we will contact you when your registration has been approved.
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…”
The Paediatric Mental Health Association (PMHA) and Young People’s Health Special Interest Group (YPSIG) have a session on Thursday 30th June
The schedule for the session:
Introduction and welcome, Dr Emma Blake & Dr Katie Malbon
Support for young people, families and ourselves Lydia Tweed, Papyrus
“20 things I have leant about suicide since October 21” Dr Ian Rodd, Consultant Paediatrician, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Service evaluation of a treatment and management proforma for eating disorders, used on a general paediatric ward, Abstract ID 245 Ms Anna Grundy, Medical Student, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
Grownish: How And When To Include Adolescents In Adult Research, Abstract ID 130 Dr Martin Edwards, Cardiff and Vale UHB – Child Health Dr Rhian Turner-Thomas, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales
Comfort break and Poster Viewing
Voices of Young People and Families
“Starting the Conversation” Esta Orchard, Education lead, Association for Young People’s health (Facilitated discussion about how participants can support suicide prevention in their roles and what support / resources are needed to help with this)
A snapshot of Adverse Childhood Experiences Among International Medical Students and their impact on Holistic Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Abstract ID 937 Dr Tim Carr, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Grigore T Popa”, Iași
The double impact of the pandemic on BAME young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing: the effects of racial inequality and COVID-19, Abstract ID 1266 Prof Monica Lakhanpaul, University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Dr Anita Sharma, Royal Holloway, University of London