The 2023 RCPCH Conference has kicked off in Glasgow today, with the theme “Child Health in a Changing World”. We are particularly pleased that the College has chosen “compassionate leadership and mental health” as its theme for Day 2 (24th May). There will all sorts of useful mental health sessions throughout the day, including workshops on mental health education for paediatricians (run by members of our own executive committee!) and simulation training for management of mental health emergencies; a lunchtime networking meeting for mental health leads; the Illingworth-Rees Memorial Lecture by Professor Helen Minnis on Abuse, Neglect and Neurodevelopment Across the Life course; and, of course, an afternoon specialty group session run by the PMHA.
Have a look at the conference website for full details of the programme. We look forward to seeing lots of you there!
The next PMHA Webinar will be on Monday 16th May at 7.30pm.
It is on “Maternal anxiety associated with childhood food allergy and psychological intervention”, and will be given by Dr Matthew Hodes, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Imperial College London, and Dr Bea Vickers, Consultant Psychiatrist, South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust.
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 PMHA’s annual winter meeting will take place on the 27th and 28th January 2022, and will be held online via Zoom.
Target audience: Health care professionals interested in mental health.
Key aims: Education, update and discussions about current topics in children and young people’s mental health.
A booking link will be available soon, so please save the date if you are interested in attending. Below is the programme for the two-day meeting:
Thursday 27th January 2022
Symposium – Childhood Social and Emotional Development
Welcome and Introduction – Dr Cassie Coleman and Dr Bo Fischer
The long-term impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of children who were in-utero or born during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Dr Jane Barlow, Professor of Evidence Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation, University of Oxford.
The impact of maternal mental illness on the parent- infant relationship and implications for the developing infant. Dr Selena Gleadow-Ware, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, NHS Lothian.
On the ground – the Impact of Lockdown on Preschoolers– A Health Visitor’s Perspective. Taifa Armstrong, Health Visitor, Bucks
Safeguarding sequelae of the pandemic TBC
Screen use and Development – what is the evidence? Dr Max Davie, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Lambeth.
Adolescents- Risk, resilience and relationships – Demelza Holmes, Research in Practice (pre-recorded talk )
Keynote lecture: Health Inequalities: Everyone’s business ” – Professor Subodh Dave, Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Friday 28th January 2021
Symposium: The Complex Child
Welcome and Introduction – Dr Cassie Coleman and Dr Bo Fischer
Child to parent violence and abuse. Carole Baker, Whose in Charge? Programme Trainer
LAC/Adopted Children – Misdiagnosis of Complexity Dr Matt Woolgar, Clinical Psychologist, South London & Maudsley
Functional abdominal pain syndromes in children Dr Kate Stein, CAMHS, Oxford.
The Pandemic of Eating disorders – Some Case studies – TBC
There will also be Poster Presentations from Trainee Health Professionals, including Paediatricians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurses, GPs. Full details regarding how to submit a poster presentation about research into Child Mental Health for selection will also be available soon
The schedule for the afternoon will run as follows:
13:00 Talk 1- Eating Disorders: Dr Nasima Matine, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Eating Disorders, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust
14:00 Talk 2- The long-term effects of developmental trauma on children and young people: Dr Laura Wood, Consultant Paediatrician, Research Director and Child & Family Modern Slavery Lead, Vita Training
15:15 Talk 3: Acute Behavioural Disturbance: Dr Anthony Crabb, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Devon Partnership NHS Trust
16:15 Talk 4: Mental Health Law: Dr Rory Conn, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Devon Partnership Trust
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.
They are pleased to offer a 20% discount with the code “hcuk20pmha“
Decision making using the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework
TUESDAY 8 JUNE 2021, VIRTUAL, Online
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.
CAMHS National Summit 2021: Transforming Mental Health Services for Children & Young Adults
WEDNESDAY 9 JUNE 2021, VIRTUAL, Online
This national conference focuses on transforming mental health services for children and young people, ensuring early intervention, and developing integrated services with clear care pathways from first intervention to crisis and inpatient care. The conference will also look at national developments and learning from the Covid-19 pandemic and how CAMHS has had to adapt and innovate to provide effective care. The conference will address monitoring outcomes in CYP Mental Health including the development of a National CYP Mental Health Outcomes Metric.
This CPD certified programme will outline the increasing evidence of the impact of Adverse Experiences of Childhood (ACEs) on the health and well-being of children and young people extending into adult life. There is a growing demand for interventions to prevent their harmful effects. Approaches to intervention will be reviewed, to prevent the harmful impact of maltreatment and the limitations of these approaches to fit with the complex responses associated with multiple ACEs. A solution is proposed, based on the highly effective Modular Approach to Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), which integrates common practice elements from effective single approaches to these problems. The modular Hope for Children and Families (HfCF) Intervention Resources add to these elements from the field of interventions to prevent abuse and neglect, – the core of the ACE problems. The HfCF Intervention Resources will be introduced to help practitioners, by providing a trauma-informed, transdiagnostic, modular approach, establishing a profile of harmful adversities, and their impact, and developing a programme of intervention with a video training case.
The covid pandemic has led to surging numbers of people with eating disorders. This conference focuses on Eating Disorders: improving access, treatment and recovery outcomes, and meeting the national standards for children, young people and adult services during and beyond Covid-19. There is focus on early intervention and also a particular focus this year on Eating Disorders in boys and men. You will hear from James who has lived experience in eating disorders, and from a service working to reduce stigma and improve outcomes for boys and men with eating disorders.
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