PMHA Winter Meeting 2023 – Call for Abstracts

The Paediatric Mental Health Association invites trainees in Paediatrics, Psychiatry, General Practice, and Emergency Medicine to submit abstracts for our Annual Winter Meeting

The meeting, taking place at Minster Mill in Oxfordshire on the 26th and 27th January 2023, attracts speakers and delegates from a wide range of specialties to discuss the latest research and updates in Child Mental Health.

This year’s meeting will feature a trainee-led poster session in which trainees can present their audits, research, or quality improvement projects. 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 (27th January). 

To submit an abstract, please click here to download a template, and then email your completed abstract to PMHAtrainees@gmail.com by December 16th at the latest.

Your abstract will be reviewed by members of the PMHA Executive Committee and you will be notified of acceptance by the 20th of December.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and to welcoming you to our meeting in January!

Webinar 21: Contemporary Complexities of ADHD

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)

Please click here to register

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Booking opening soon for the 2023 PMHA Winter Meeting!

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!

Editorial Perspective: Rapid responses to understand and address children and young people’s mental health in the context of COVID-19

The following article by Cathy Creswell was recently published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry:

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Abstract

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?

Click here to read the full article

Event: Type 1 Diabetes and Disordered Eating (T1DE)- Recognition and Risk Management

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.

Click here for further information and booking details.

Learning Collaborative for Paediatric Mental Health Leads

A new group supported by the RCPCH is being established to support paediatricians in acute settings who work as, or are interested in becoming, “Paediatric Mental Health Lead” for their clinical team.

If you would like to be a part of this group, please email acutesetting.cypmh@nhs.net to be added to the mailing list for the next meeting.

For further information, please read the following introductory email from Kate Pye, Deputy Director of CYP Nursing at NHS England, and Karen Street, RCPCH Officer for Mental Health:

“Dear colleagues,

We are inviting you to the first meeting of our learning collaborative for those in mental health/physical health clinical lead roles in acute/paediatric settings, with a view to help those in these roles feel supported and to provide a place where they can share learning and challenges.

Please note that this group is intended for clinical leads based in an emergency department or other acute paediatric setting, rather than strategic/policy leads who work across mental and physical health.

Background/context

In 2021, the RCPCH issued a position statement that outlines the role of Paediatricians in supporting children and young people’s mental health. A key recommendation was to have a Mental Health Lead in every team.

More recently NHS England created a website to outline the NHS response to meeting the challenge of increasing referrals to mental health services, giving useful resources and guidelines.

As part of trialling ‘what works’ for CYP with mental health needs in acute settings, NHS England released limited funding for 2022/23 to regions and systems. Several areas have decided to focus on trialling mental health/physical health lead roles to ensure there is designated time within each provider to champion the change needed to care for these CYP (and their families) and to develop staff appropriately.

Some of you may therefore have been invited by regional colleagues as part of the above work, whilst others of you may already have been in these roles.

We’re keen to open this group out to make it as helpful as possible, so would encourage you to forward on to those who you believe are in the same roles – or roles similar to you – that would typically cover the following key functions:

  • Encourage the uptake of training across their departments
  • Provide leadership and link into trust governance structures, facilitating joint working across the mental health pathway and the wider system
  • Provide guidance to their colleagues, empowering them to feel competent and supported

Group aims

In addition to serving as a peer support network, we are also keen to understand via this group colleagues’ experiences of the role including:

  • Key challenges and lessons learned
  • Key successes and how these were achieved
  • How much time they feel is required
  • How their efforts are being received by other staff, particularly across their wider system (i.e. linking with mental health colleagues)
  • What other support they might need to deliver and excel in the role

The group will be chaired by Kate Pye, Deputy Director of CYP Nursing at NHS England. We plan to use part of the first session to understand how colleagues would like to use a group such as this moving forward and how we can make it as helpful as possible for those joining.

Please do feel free to email us at acutesetting.cypmh@nhs.net if you’ve any questions.”

Interested in Mental Health Leadership in Paediatrics?

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.

On 30 March 2022, the RCPCH hosted a webinar about the role that Paediatricians can play in supporting children and young people’s mental health. Click here to watch a recording of this Webinar.

PMHA Summer Meeting: The role of a Mental Health Lead

Dear All, 

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. 

Provisional programme:

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.

Click here


Best Wishes, 
The PMHA Trainee Team

RCPCH Annual Conference

28 June 2022 – 30 June 2022 in Liverpool

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:

10:15-10:20 Introduction and welcome, Dr Emma Blake & Dr Katie Malbon
10:20-10:50Support for young people, families and ourselves
Lydia Tweed, Papyrus
10:50-11:10“20 things I have leant about suicide since October 21”
Dr Ian Rodd, Consultant Paediatrician, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
11:10-11:20Service 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
11:20-11:30Grownish: 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
11:30-12:00Comfort break and Poster Viewing
12:00-12:20Voices of Young People and Families
12:20-12:50“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)
12:50-13:00A 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
13:00-13:10The 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
13:10-13:15Close and Summary

Please click here for more details or click here for information on how to book

Webinar 19: Maternal anxiety associated with childhood food allergy and psychological intervention 

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.

Click here to register for the webinar