Happy New Year from the PMHA

As the sun sets on the last day of 2019, the PMHA would like to wish you a Happy New Year and a great start to the new decade. We hope we can continue to work together in 2020 to help children and young people everywhere lead healthy and happy lives.

If you haven’t already registered, please do come and join us at the PMHA Annual Meeting at the end of January in the lovely Highgate House in Northamptonshire. It’s a great chance to share knowledge and ideas, as well as to meet with colleagues and friends both new and old.

Reminder: Time to book for the PMHA Annual Meeting at Highgate House

The meeting will be held on January 23 & 24, 2020

It is a great opportunity to update your knowledge and skills, meet colleagues from a wide range of disciplines, and enjoy the lovely facilities of Highgate House, as well as to make new friends or meet up with old ones.

If you would like to come to the meeting, it’s advisable to book your place as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank You

Thanks to everyone who submitted abstracts for Posters for the Annual Meeting of the PMHA at Highgate House on January 23rd/24th 2020. There was a really impressive response.

We will contact you with the outcome of your submission by 11th December

Assistant Officer for Mental Health on the RCPCH Health Improvement Committee

Below is a message from Dr Karen Street, MA (Oxon), BMBCh, MRCPCH, MScTLHP, who has recently been appointed the Assistant Officer for Mental Health on the RCPCH Health Improvement Committee and is a member of the PMHA Executive Committee:

I am the new Assistant Officer for Mental Health on the RCPCH Health Improvement Committee. I trained in Oxford, Sheffield and Bristol, and for the last 13 years have been a Consultant general paediatrician at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. Throughout my very broad training (with a few detours to have my three children) I have always been interested in the overlap areas between community child health and acute paediatric hospital care, which over my Consultant career has developed more specifically into the overlap between physical and mental health. I believe in entirely joined up working with child and adolescent mental health professionals and over the last 10 years in Exeter, East and Mid Devon we have together established an eating disorder service which is cited as a good practise example in the commissioning guide ‘Access and waiting time standard for children and young people with an eating disorder’, a commissioner funded P3 (persistent, problematic, unexplained, physical symptoms) pilot, which has been presented at RCPCH and YPHSIG conferences, and we are now the first district general hospital in the southwest to have a paediatric liaison psychiatrist.

In the second half of my Consultant career I have changed my working pattern and applied for the college role in which I am excited to both learn and to bring my local experience to a national level. My aims are to promote the message that ‘mental health is our business’ in all areas of college work and to all college members, and to ensure that  mental health considerations are embedded into all aims, policies, guidance etc produced by the College.  An essential part of this is incorporating mental health into the training of future paediatricians  at medical school, foundation years and through our Progress curriculum and I hope that some of this can be achieved by developing  joint training initiatives with our CAMHS colleagues within the RCPsych.  In my role I will also be continually advocating for integrated physical/mental health services for children and young people in my interactions at strategic level and by producing an RCPCH position statement, and including it in the role of the new RCPCH ambassadors who will be working at STP/ICS level. 

I look forward to being a part of the Paediatric Mental Health Association Executive Committee.

Karen is coming to our next Highgate meeting in January 2020 and looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible

Take a look at the programme, if you haven’t already seen it. It promises to be a fantastic meeting! Please spread the word.