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

RCPCH Training Course: How to manage eating disorders

The RCPCH has an interesting day-long, online training course taking place on the 20th June 2022:

Eating disorders are classified as mental health disorders which can result in serious and life-threatening short and long-term medical consequences and are increasingly common in day to day paediatric practice.

This course will help delegates develop an approach to the management of children and young people with eating disorders. It provides a clinical framework for the recognition, clinical risk assessment and management of children and young people with eating disorders.

It aims to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in assessing and managing a child or young person with an eating disorder in outpatient and inpatient paediatric medical settings.

The course is held online on 20th June, between 9.15am – 4.10pm 

Click here for more information and to reserve a place

Child in Mind Podcasts

The Anna Freud Centre has produced a number of expert podcasts to help parents and carers understand and manage mental health problems

To view these please click here

The Anna Freud Centre (National Centre for Children and Families) works in collaboration with children and young people, their families and communities to transform children and families’ mental health

You can go to their home page here.

Research highlight

Findings of the CLoCK study were published last week in the Lancet, outlining the physical and mental symptoms experienced by children and young people 3 months after infection with SARS-CoV-2. Researchers compared symptoms at baseline and 3 months between young people who tested positive for COVID versus those who tested negative.

Interestingly, the mental health, wellbeing, and fatigue scores were similar in the two groups. Striking, however, is the high proportion (about 40%) of children and young people who felt worried, sad or unhappy irrespective of whether they had COVID. Perhaps it reflects the fact that they have all been living through the pandemic’s isolation and school closures.  

Physical and mental health 3 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection (long COVID) among adolescents in England (CLoCk): a national matched cohort study

Stephenson T, Pereira SMP, Shafran R, et al. Physical and mental health 3 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection (long COVID) among adolescents in England (CLoCk): a national matched cohort study. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2022;0(0). doi:10.1016/S2352-4642(22)00022-0  

Follow this link to read the full paper.

Article About Integrated Care

We would like to draw your attention to this recent research article published in the journal JCPP Advances by the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH).


Integrated care to address child and adolescent health in the 21st century: A clinical review

Mina Fazel et al.

Background

Increasing specialisation and technical sophistication of medical tools across the 21st century have contributed to dramatic improvements in the life-expectancy of children and adolescents with complex physical health problems. Concurrently, there is growing appreciation within the community of the extent that children and adolescents experience mental disorders, which are more prevalent in those with complex chronic, serious or life-limiting health conditions. In this context, there are compelling reasons for paediatric services to move to a model of care that promotes greater integration of child psychiatry within the medical, somatic teams that care for children and adolescents in children’s hospitals.

Aims

In this article, we discuss the range of medical disorders managed by contemporary paediatrics.

Materials and Methods

We conducted a broad review of the literature and existing services, and use individual accounts to illustrate adolescents’ healthcare preferences in the context of the challenges they experience around their mental health.

For the full article click here


JCPP is a new open access journal in the field of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and related disciplines

PMHA Annual meeting: Booking now open

This ONLINE meeting will be held on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January, 2022, on Zoom

Please go to The PMHA Meetings to see the programme, full details and a link to book to attend

Members of the PMHA will be able to book with a discount.

If you are not already a Member, but would like to receive this discount, please go to Join the PMHA and sign up. Only £25 a year.

We look forward to seeing you in January!

Upcoming PMHA Webinar: SPIN Modules in Child Mental Health

Interested in working in mental health as a Paediatrician? Thinking of applying for Child Mental Health SPIN? Interested in developing expertise as a local Lead Paediatrician in Child Mental Health?

Come along to a webinar on Monday 29th November at 19:30 to hear from members of the RCPCH Child Mental Health CSAC!

Register to attend using your NHS email and the link below:

Click here to register for this webinar

About child mental health special interest (SPIIN) modules:

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.

Applications for modules starting in Feb/Mar 2022 are now open until Friday 3 December 2021.

To find out more, click here to go to the RCPCH website.

PMHA Annual Winter Meeting Programme

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

09:20-09:30Welcome and Introduction – Dr Cassie Coleman and Dr Bo Fischer
09:30-10:15The 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.
10:15-11:00The 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.
11:00-
11:15
Comfort break
11:15- 12:00On the ground – the Impact of Lockdown on Preschoolers– A Health Visitor’s Perspective.
Taifa Armstrong, Health Visitor, Bucks
12:00-12:45   Safeguarding sequelae of the pandemic   TBC
12:45-14:00Lunch break
14:00-14:30Screen use and Development – what is the evidence?
Dr Max Davie, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Lambeth.
14:30- 15:00Adolescents- Risk, resilience and relationships
– Demelza Holmes, Research in Practice
(pre-recorded talk )
15:00-16:00 Keynote lecture:  Health Inequalities: Everyone’s business ” – Professor Subodh Dave, Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Friday 28th January 2021

Symposium: The Complex Child

09:20-
09:30
Welcome and Introduction – Dr Cassie Coleman and Dr Bo Fischer
9:30-
10:15 
Unpicking complex cases involving
ASD/attachment/trauma/parenting styles/ADHD/anxiety
Dr Nancy Bostock, Consultant Paediatrician
10:15-
11.00
 Child to parent violence and abuse.
Carole Baker, Whose in Charge? Programme Trainer
11:00-
11:15
Comfort break
11:15-
12:00
Trainee presentations
12:00-
12:45
LAC/Adopted Children – Misdiagnosis of Complexity
Dr Matt Woolgar, Clinical Psychologist, South London & Maudsley
12:45-
13:15 
Lunch break
13:15-
14:00
Functional abdominal pain syndromes in children
Dr Kate Stein, CAMHS, Oxford.
14:00-
15:00
The Pandemic of Eating disorders – Some Case studies  –  TBC
End

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

Connected Child Health Website

We wanted to direct your attention to this fantastic website about physical and mental healthcare for young people. The site has been set up by Dr Rory Conn, a consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working in Exeter, Devon. Click on the image below to visit the site…

The website has an interesting blog section, where Dr Conn discusses different current issues and offers his own thoughts on working with the mental health of young people.

It also has a growing collection of useful resources for patients and families, as well as for professionals and students / trainees working in this area.

Members of the PMHA can find links to more great sources of information like this under the ‘Resources‘ section of this website. Not a member yet? Then why not join now?