PMHA Webinars

The webinars will run fortnightly on Monday evenings and will cover a range mental health topics relevant to the RCPCH training curriculum.

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5th July7.30-8.30History taking, Mental State, Examination and Formulation in General PaediatricsDr Megan Fisher: Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
19th July7.30-8.30Tics and Tourette’s: A General Paediatricians Guide Dr Emma Blake: General Paediatrician and Paediatric Mental Health ConsultantConvenor of the PMHA 
2nd August7.30-8.30Psychopharmacology for Paediatricians Dr. Martynas Malkov: Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
16th August 7.30-8.30Mental Health LawDr Suyog Dhakras: Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist  Mr Robert Wheeler Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon and Associate Medical Director, Department of Clinical Law 
3 week summer break
6th September 7.30-8.45Panel: Careers in Mental Health for Paediatricians Dr Cassie Coleman, Dr Anna Kyle, Dr Nancy Bostock, Dr Lee Hudson, Dr Max Davie, Dr Kim Pierson, Dr Hannah Mshelbwala and Dr Katya Certic
20th September 7.30-8.30Organic and Non-Organic Causes of Psychosis in ChildhoodDr Hilary Lloyd: Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

PMHA Webinar 3 – History Taking, Mental State Examination and Formulation in General Paediatrics

The PMHA is excited to announce that our next webinar, “History Taking, Mental State Examination and Formulation in General Paediatrics”, is now open for booking.

The webinar will be delivered by Dr Megan Fisher, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.

It will take place on Monday 5th July at 7:30pm

Booking is available here.

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

More interesting events from Healthcare Conferences UK

They are pleased to offer a 20% discount with code hcuk20pmha 

Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults: Delivering a Strengths-Based Approach
TUESDAY 13 JULY 2021 (VIRTUAL, 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  or email

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Masterclass: Safeguarding Children Level 3 – NHS Level 4
FRIDAY 16 JULY 2021 (VIRTUAL, Online)

The course will explore child protection conferences, preparing child protection plans and the role of core groups to ensure the best outcomes for children at risk of harm. You will have the opportunity to take part in a simulated Case Conference based on a detailed case study.The aim of the course is that you will have a clear understanding of the assessment and decision-making processes and a sound grasp of the principles and processes for effective collaboration. You will also gain skills in preparing for the Case Conference including how to write a formal report, identifying what is and what isn’t evidence-based information and how to challenge decisions.The Facilitator for this course, Christine Moody, is a highly experienced senior manager with a track record of delivering sustained improvements in health and social care. She currently has a range of independent roles with specialist areas of expertise including safeguarding children’s, children mental health (CAMHS) tribunal member. Christine is an experienced trainer with a creative results-orientated approach who receives excellent feedback on her ability to engage with people and organisations to help them achieve measurable and realistic outcomes.

For further information and to book your place visit or email 
Assessing Parenting and a Child’s Environment using the HOME Inventory
The Home Observation and Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Caldwell and Bradley (1984; 2003) has been extensively utilised across clinical and research contexts and provides a validated and reliable measure of parenting capacity which can be utilised in a wide range of assessments and provide a measure of change. This one day Masterclass will provide practitioners with; tools to explore the child or young person’s experiences in their home environment; the skills to administer the 24-hour interview; guidance on how to score the HOME and make a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the child or young person’s experience of care in their home environment; an evidential basis for planning interventions and measuring outcomes.

For further information and to book your place visit or email
Decision making using the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework

This virtual masterclass, facilitated by Fay Berry and Stephen Pizzey, explores decision making in complex child protection and safeguarding cases using the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF).The Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (Pizzey, Bentovim, Cox, Bingley Miller and Tapp, 2016) was designed to help professionals make an analysis of the level of harm suffered or likely to be suffered by the child; the risks of re-abuse or likelihood of future harm; and the prospects for successful intervention in cases that social workers find complex. The SAAF provides a systematic, robust, evidence-based and time-efficient model and a range of methods for assessing, analysing and making decisions in the safeguarding context. The Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework focuses on analysis and decision-making and enables practitioners to evidence the rationale underpinning their recommendations and decisions to their managers and the courts.Experienced professionals with responsibility for making or contributing to assessments of children and families where there are ongoing safeguarding concerns, including staff in children’s social care, CAMHS, health, education, police, probation, expert witnesses, children’s guardians and independent social workers should attend this masterclass.

For further information and to book your place visit or email
Caldicott Principles & Information Sharing – Children & Young People

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 or email

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PMHA Webinar 2 – Optimising Mental Health in Asthma

After a very successful start to our evening webinar series last week, booking is now open for the PMHA’s next webinar, “Optimising Mental Health in Asthma – The Role of the MDT”.

The first of our webinars focusing on mental health issues within a specific Paediatric subspecialty, the webinar will be delivered by two members of Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s fantastic Paediatric Respiratory team – Dr. Louise Selby, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician, and Dr. Amy Shayle, Clinical Psychologist – and is sure to be relevant to anyone looking after children and young people with asthma.

It will take place on Monday 21st June at 7:30pm.

Booking is available here.  

We look forward to seeing you next Monday!

To sign up for regular updates about our webinar series, please click here.  

PMHA Virtual Study Afternoon

Following the success last summer, this year the PMHA will again hold a Virtual Study Afternoon on Thursday 15th July (on ZOOM)

The afternoon will focus on providing practical tips to manage commonly seen mental health conditions in the acute setting, as well as increasing understanding of some of the underlying causes for mental health difficulties.

While geared primarily towards paediatric trainees, all healthcare staff who care for children in the acute or community setting are welcome.

The included talks are: 

  • Eating Disorders
  • The Long-term Effects of developmental trauma
  • Acute Behavioural Disturbance
  • Mental Health Law

To register for the event, click here.

PMHA webinars on children’s and young people’s mental health

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 ( or

Click here to sign up to the mailing list

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.

Save the Date – PMHA Summer Afternoon Talks

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!

Vacancy on Child Mental Health CSAC: Training Advisor

There is currently an interesting job vacancy at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Special Advisory Committee (CSAC).

CSAC has particular responsibility for monitoring Level 3 trainees’ and SPIN trainees’ progress through their sub-specialty training, advising and signing off sub-specialty CCTs (certificates of completion of training) and the continued development of their Level 3 curriculum and assessment systems.

If you work in a Consultant Post, have experience in Child Mental Health, have excellent communication skills, the ability to work well in a team, and expertise and experience in training, please take a look…

Click here to view the job description

To apply, please click here.

Note that the current round of applications closes 6 April 2021 (9.30am)

Introducing ACAMH

We would like to introduce to you ACAMH: The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Their vision:
“Sharing best evidence, improving practice. We aspire for ACAMH to become a major portal, access point for anyone seeking the most expertly digested understanding and interpretations of the best evidence available”

ACAMH has many interesting upcoming events – follow the links below to learn more:

Child and adolescent mental health: what have we learnt during the Covid-19 pandemic? Looking back, Looking forward

18 Mar 2021, LIVE STREAM,  A 2-Day National Conference
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Predicting Complex PTSD in Foster Care – CAMHS around the Campfire

29 Mar 2021, LIVE STREAM, An Informal Journal Club
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The evolution and challenge of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): A modular solution to intervention

29 Apr 2021, LIVE STREAM, A 2-day training
Click here for more details

ADHD in CYP with autism, and pharmacological treatment – CAMHS around the Campfire

25 May 2021, An Informal Journal Club
Click here for more details