Updates to the programme for the PMHA Annual Meeting

We’ve updated the programme for the PMHA Annual Meeting, adding an exciting new talk to the already fantastic line up.

Interactive Session 1: COVID and mental health-impact and recovery.
Dr Max Davie, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Lambeth Community & Dr Rory Conn, Consultant Child & Adolescent Liaison Psychiatrist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

This interesting and extremely topical session will take place in the afternoon of the second day (Friday January 29th) between 13.30 and 14.15.

The PMHA’s Annual Winter meeting will take place online this year over the two days of Thursday 28th and Friday 29th January – the end of this month.

You can see the full programme for the meeting here.

And you can register to attend here.

Interesting Upcoming Events from Healthcare Conferences UK

A 10% discount can be requested by quoting ‘HCUK10pmha‘ when booking.

Masterclass: Children’s Safeguarding – Learning from inquiries, serious case reviews and inspections

TUESDAY, 26th JANUARY, 2021 (ONLINE)

This masterclass, facilitated by Carla Thomas and Stephen Pizzey, Child and Family Training, gives an opportunity for delegates to review the findings from inquiries, serious case reviews, safeguarding practices reviews and inspections regarding multi-agency safeguarding practice and consider the implications for their agencies policies and practice. Key learning objectives include considering the history of reviews in relation to child’s death and serious harm, and how some of these led to key changes in legislation and guidance. Review thresholds and processes for serious case and child safeguarding practices reviews.        

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/children-safeguarding-findings   
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Masterclass: Therapeutic work with children and young people suffering child sexual abuse and exploitation

WEDNESDAY, 27th JANUARY, 2021 (ONLINE)

This Masterclass programme, facilitated by Dr Arnon Bentovim and Carol Jolliffe, will help practitioners working in social care, health, education and youth justice to deliver effective therapeutic work with children subject to sexual abuse and exploitation. Practitioners in social care, health, education and youth justice who need to develop their skills in working with children and young people who have been sexually abused and exploited should attend. The programme will present an innovative approach, the development of a Common Practice Elements approach which capitalises on the knowledge embedded in evidence-based treatments identifying evidenced-based therapeutic procedures and integrates them into a Library of Modules.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/therapy-child-abuse 
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Masterclass: Childhood Neglect: Approaches to understanding, assessment and interventions

WEDNESDAY, 10th FEBRUARY, 2021 (ONLINE)

This masterclass, facilitated by Carla Thomas and Carol Jolliffe, Child and Family Training, will consider the complexity of understanding, managing and modifying the impact of childhood neglect. It will support practitioners and managers in considering interventions to modify neglectful parenting and to increase children’s resilience. All practitioners, and managers, working with children and families in Health, Education, Social Care, in the Public and Voluntary sector should attend.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/childhood-neglect
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Masterclass: Therapeutic Interventions to Reduce the Harmful Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

FRIDAY, 12th FEBRUARY, 2021 (ONLINE)

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. Research will be reviewed about the impact of ACEs through population studies, intergenerational studies, and specific groups – self harming, mental health, and substance abuse, offending, and violent behaviour.  Facilitated by Arnon Bentovim, who trained at the Maudsley Hospital/Institute of psychiatry as a Psychoanalyst, and subsequently became involved in the growing interest in the systemic/family therapy field. He helped to establish the Association and Institute of Family Therapy, and researched measures of family functioning, and clinical approaches with colleagues at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/therapeutic-interventions-adverse-childhood-experiences  
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk

Paediatricians warn parents to be alert to signs of eating disorders

Paediatricians have seen a huge rise in cases of anorexia nervosa and other food restriction disorders in this age group, with some reporting a doubling, tripling or even quadrupling of cases compared with the same period last year.

For more information, please go to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) website by clicking here.

Help and support

BEAT eating disorders charity has a lot of useful information on their website and their helpline is open over the festive period.

Good Riddance But Now What?

Come, children, gather round my knee;
Something is about to be.

Tonight’s December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst.

The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.

Hark! It’s midnight, children dear.
Duck! here comes another year.
Ogden Nash
As 2020 draws to a close, the PMHA would like to thank you for your support and to wish you a happy new year.

Hopefully 2021 will be much better and brighter for everyone and we can continue working together to make sure children everywhere lead healthy and happy lives.


Don’t forget about the PMHA’s Annual Meeting (January 28th and 29th)

PMHA Annual Meeting: Deadline extended for poster abstracts

The deadline for submitting an abstract to present a poster at the PMHA Annual Meeting has been changed to next Monday, December 21st

The Paediatric Mental Health Association invites trainees in Paediatrics, Psychiatry, General Practice, and Emergency Medicine to submit abstracts for the PMHA Annual Winter Meeting, which is taking place virtually on the 28th and 29th of January 2021.

This year’s meeting will feature a trainee-led virtual poster session in which trainees can present their audits, research, or quality improvement projects. This year, we are welcoming abstracts related to the interface between physical and mental health. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work. Three abstracts will also be selected for oral presentation on Day Two of the meeting (29th January). 

To submit an abstract, please click here to download an abstract template then fill it in and submit it to PMHAtrainees@gmail.com.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts.

Reminder: Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentations

Trainees in Paediatrics, Psychiatry, General Practice, and Emergency Medicine are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations at the PMHA Annual Winter Meeting

Submit your abstract by December 13th

This year the PMHA Annual Winter Meeting (held online on the 28 & 29th January 2021) will feature a trainee-led virtual poster session in which trainees can present their audits, research, or quality improvement projects. We welcome any abstracts related to the interface between physical and mental health.
This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work in the area of child mental health and to share best practice with interested professionals from around the country. 
Three abstracts will also be selected for oral presentation on Day Two of the meeting (29th January). 

To submit an abstract:

Click here to download an abstract template

Fill it in and submit it to PMHAtrainees@gmail.com

Please spread the word to any colleagues who may have missed this.

The PMHA has a call for abstracts for poster presentations at their annual meeting – deadline for submitting an abstract is December 13th.

Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Special Interest Group Annual Meeting

In case you missed our post, here’s a reminder about an event taking place next week. Registration closes at 9am on Sunday 6th December.

Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility: Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry SIG Conference

7th December 2020
Watch live or on demand

The UK has one of the lowest minimum ages of criminal responsibility (MACR) in the world, with the age being set at 10 years old in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 12 in Scotland (having increased from 8 in 2019).  These low ages are inconsistent with current neuroscientific knowledge regarding brain maturation and has led to the UK being singled out for criticism by the United Nations, which issued a General Comment in 2019 stating that the minimum age of criminal responsibility should be at least 14 years old. 

The topic received further media coverage last week (see links below), following the release of the Justice Committee report on Young People and Youth Justice which called on the Government to review the current minimum age or provide justification for not doing this by February 2021. 

The purpose of this conference is to explore the issues behind criminal responsibility including current evidence regarding brain maturation, international approaches to setting minimum ages and alternative non-criminal disposal options for those who commit risky offences below the minimum age of criminal responsibility. It is hoped that participants will come from a wide range of backgrounds so that a full range of views can be heard during the discussions

 The study day will help inform the planned Royal College Position Statement of the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility.

Click here for further information and to register

More about SPIN Modules in Child Mental Health

The RCPCH has a range of Special Interest (SPIN) modules. The deadline for applications is December 1st 2020

  • SPIN in training for level 3 trainees 
    This is additional training and experience in a clinical area, which you complete in 12 to 18 months of clinical time. If you do a SPIN module and complete your training, you can apply for posts as a General Paediatrician with a special expertise.
    
  • Post completion SPIN for paediatricians on the GMC specialist register 
    This is additional training or experience, which you complete usually over a 12 month to five year period.

Click here to read about the SPIN Module Curriculum in Child Mental Health.

For more information about applying for the Spin modules, please click on this link: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/special-interest-spin-module-application-guidance

RCPSYCH Online Study day: Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

On 7th December 2020, the Royal College of Psychiatrists is holding a highly topical online study day, titled Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR): Time for Change?

You can get a programme for the day here and can book a place here.

Below is some context provided by RCPSYCH:

“The UK has one of the lowest minimum ages of criminal responsibility (MACR) in the world, with the age being set at 10 years old in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 12 in Scotland (having increased from 8 in 2019).  These low ages are inconsistent with current neuroscientific knowledge regarding brain maturation and has led to the UK being singled out for criticism by the United Nations, which issued a General Comment in 2019 stating that the minimum age of criminal responsibility should be at least 14 years old. 

The topic received further media coverage last week (see links below), following the release of the Justice Committee report on Young People and Youth Justice which called on the Government to review the current minimum age or provide justification for not doing this by February 2021. 

The purpose of this conference is to explore the issues behind criminal responsibility including current evidence regarding brain maturation, international approaches to setting minimum ages and alternative non-criminal disposal options for those who commit risky offences below the minimum age of criminal responsibility. It is hoped that participants will come from a wide range of backgrounds so that a full range of views can be heard during the discussions.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/11/12/age-criminal-responsibility-england-wales-should-reviewed-says/

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/12/review-age-criminal-responsibility-england-and-wales

Upcoming series of CAMHS events ONLINE

Healthcare Conferences UK has notified us about a number of interesting CAMHS events taking place online in the coming months. Details below:

A 10% discount by quoting ‘HCUK10pmha‘ when booking.

The first two events are taking place very soon:

Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults: Delivering a Strengths-Based Approach

Monday 23 November 2020 (VIRTUAL, Online)

We are pleased to announce the National Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults virtual 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 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 kerry@hc-uk.org.uk

Follow this event on Twitter #SafeguardingYoungAdults
Masterclass: Reducing the Harmful effects of exposure to Domestic Violence & Abuse on Children and Young People

Tuesday 24 November 2020 (VIRTUAL, Online)

This CPD certified masterclass will consider the role of toxic stress and trauma in the pathway to interpersonal violence between parents, and the climate of violence which harms the mental health and development of children and young people. A trauma-informed model of identification, risk assessment, protection and modular intervention will be outlined to reduce the harmful effects of Domestic Violence and Abuse. 

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/domestic-violence-children-young-people 
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk

The others are in the coming months:

Masterclass: Safeguarding Children Level 3 – NHS Level 4

Monday 7 December 2020 (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.

For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/masterclass-safeguarding-children-level-3-nhs-level-4 
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Decision making using the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework

Tuesday 8 December 2020 (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.

For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/safeguarding-children-framework  
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Identifying and Supporting people who are experiencing Domestic Violence & Abuse: Improving Practice during Covid-19

Thursday 10 December 2020 (VIRTUAL, Online)

This virtual conference focuses on identifying and supporting people who are experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse.  Kenny Gibson National Head of Safeguarding NHS England, will give a keynote presentation focusing on the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown on domestic abuse.  You will have the opportunity to network with colleagues who are working to improve the recognition and response to domestic violence, self-assess and reflect on your own practice and gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence.

For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/domestic-violence
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk

Follow the conference on Twitter #DVCovid
Masterclass: Children’s Safeguarding: Learning from inquiries, serious case reviews and inspections

Tuesday 26 January 2021 (VIRTUAL, Online)

This masterclass, facilitated by Carla Thomas and Stephen Pizzey, Child and Family Training, gives an opportunity for delegates to review the findings from inquiries, serious case reviews, safeguarding practices reviews and inspections regarding multi-agency safeguarding practice and consider the implications for their agencies policies and practice. Key learning objectives include considering the history of reviews in relation to child’s death and serious harm, and how some of these led to key changes in legislation and guidance. Review thresholds and processes for serious case and child safeguarding practices reviews. 
        
For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/children-safeguarding-findings   
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Masterclass: Therapeutic work with children and young people suffering child sexual abuse and exploitation

Wednesday 27 January 2021 (VIRTUAL, Online)

This Masterclass programme, facilitated by Dr Arnon Bentovim and Carol Jolliffe, will help practitioners working in social care, health, education and youth justice to deliver effective therapeutic work with children subject to sexual abuse and exploitation. Practitioners in social care, health, education and youth justice who need to develop their skills in working with children and young people who have been sexually abused and exploited should attend.  The programme will present an innovative approach, the development of a Common Practice Elements approach which capitalises on the knowledge embedded in evidence-based treatments identifying evidenced-based therapeutic procedures and integrates them into a Library of Modules.

For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/therapy-child-abuse  
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Masterclass: Childhood Neglect: Approaches to understanding, assessment and interventions

Wednesday 10 Febuary 2021 (VIRTUAL, Online)

This masterclass, facilitated by Carla Thomas and Carol Jolliffe, Child and Family Training, will consider the complexity of understanding, managing and modifying the impact of childhood neglect. It will support practitioners and managers in considering interventions to modify neglectful parenting and to increase children’s resilience. All practitioners, and managers, working with children and families in Health, Education, Social Care, in the Public and Voluntary sector should attend.

For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/childhood-neglect
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Masterclass: Therapeutic Interventions to Reduce the Harmful Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Friday 12 Febuary 2021 (VIRTUAL, Online)

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. Research will be reviewed about the impact of ACEs through population studies, intergenerational studies, and specific groups – self harming, mental health, and substance abuse, offending, and violent behaviour.  Facilitated by Arnon Bentovim, who trained at the Maudsley Hospital/Institute of psychiatry trained as a Psychoanalyst, and subsequently became involved in the growing interest in the systemic/family therapy field. He helped to establish the Association and Institute of Family Therapy, and researched measures of family functioning, and clinical approaches with colleagues at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital.

For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/therapeutic-interventions-adverse-childhood-experiences   
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk