Reminder: The RCPCH’s Online Conference

The RCPCH conference is taking place now. As part of the conference, the PMHA is holding a joint workshop next week:

‘Difference and Self’ – A joint workshop with the British Association for Paediatricians in Audiology

Date: Tuesday 13th October
Time: 2 – 5 pm

This workshop will now be delivered in webinar form. Chaired by Dr Winfred Baddo and Dr Sheila Peters, this free, live online event will feature guest lectures and abstract presentations, with opportunities for delegates to ask questions. 

To find out more and to register, click on the link below:

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news-events/events/conference-webinar-difference-self-mental-health-audiology

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

14:00 – 15:10 Chair: Dr Winifred Baddoo, Associate Specialist Paediatrician, Chairperson of the British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology (BAPA)

14:00 – 14:20 Voice of the child – views from children and young people on difference and self (video)

14:20 – 14:50 Visual difference: A contextual approach to understanding and supporting children, Dr James Kiff, Clinical Psychologist Specialising in Appearance Related Concerns

14:50 – 15:00 A biopsychosocial model of care for children and young people with persistent, unexplained, physical symptoms (PUPS), Abstract ID 250, J Pales

15:00 – 15:10    Engaging a community in supporting the mental health of young people, Abstract 591, S Green


15:10 – 15:30 Comfort break


15:30 – 17:00 Chair: Dr Sheila Peters, Consultant paediatrician, University Hospitals Southampton, Convenor of the Paediatric Mental Health Association

15:30 – 16:00 Social emotional functioning of deaf children and young people, Emmanouela Terlektsi, University of Birmingham Lecturer in deaf education and Programme lead of the teachers of the Deaf programme

16:00 – 16.30 National Deaf CAMHS: The first 10 years, Dr Rob Walker, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, National Deaf CAMHS (Central England) 

16:30 – 17:00 Questions and poster discussion

17:00 Finish

Don’t miss! : PMHA online talks on paediatric mental health

Due to overwhelming demand, this event is currently fully booked, but the PMHA are currently trying to make more spaces available. If you are interested, please try again! If you continue to have problems, click here to send us an email.

15th July 2020 – A free online event

Please register below with your
NHS / university / affiliation email

Closing date for registration: 1st July 2020

The PMHA, supported by RCPCH, is holding an afternoon of talks on Paediatric Mental Health. They are aimed at all interested health professionals, including paediatric trainees, SAS doctors, Consultants, Clinical Psychologists Child Psychiatrists, and other CAMHS professionals.

Draft Programme:

11.45 Opening

12.00 – Attachment and Autism
Dr Gina Gomez, Clinical Psychologist in Community Paediatrics – Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust 

13.00 – Maximising therapeutic benefit during mental health crisis in a paediatric ward
Dr Rory Conn, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist – Devon Partnership Trust 

14.00-14.15 Break

14.15 – Update on how to manage eating disorders
Dr Nasima Matine, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – Clinical Lead for The Phoenix Centre

15.15 – The mental health crisis in school – Education and mental health interface
Prof Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge

16.15 Close

Please use the button below to REGISTER

Staying Sane in the Times of Covid-19

An article by Dr Emma Blake, Consultant Paediatrician, now Chair / Convenor of PMHA

Well, in these crazy times – with universal maelstroms – all of us are trying to cope with our personal whirlpools. Being a front line medic, whilst coping as a “full time” parent and teacher; trying to keep yourself, your kids and everyone else around you sane – it’s not manageable, is it?

I wish I had all the answers. Medice, cura te ipsum. Heal thyself. But no-one knows the cure for Covid-19, no immunisation – even against the anxiety and psychological impact of it. As a paediatrician, mother of four, with “shielded” vulnerable relatives; suddenly homeschooling three children and trying to get a “gap-year” son trapped in Vietnam back to the family;  I, like the rest of us, am trying to juggle all the balls whilst wearing minimal / flimsy PPE.

At the PMHA (Paediatric Mental Health Association) we are trying to find resources to support parents who are doing the best they can to care for their children’s health, education and emotional needs at home. A popular PMHA Facebook post (which has currently reached over 9.6 million people!) suggests taking the pressure off ourselves with regard to home-schooling or children; to try to take the stress out of the situation as much as possible.

Enjoy the time together – “cuddle up and read, read, read” etc. The best way to de-stress kids is to de-stress ourselves (often easier said than done). Obviously older kids (GCSEs and A Levels) need more structured work (thank you teachers!), but the principle is the same – our kids will remember what this felt like at home. They will remember the emotions and relationships.

We are seeing an increase in mental health presentations to paediatric wards – when we are doing our best to keep people safe at home. However, not all young people are safe at home. Abuse is escalating, domestic violence and parental mental health / substance abuse difficulties are worsening. As paediatricians, we need to be more aware of mental health and safeguarding issues, more than ever. The most vulnerable children are more hidden from view – and we are waiting for a tsunami (not only from Covid-19 ventilated elderly – but also young people who have had to cope with the “perfect storm”at home).

In addition to our Facebook page; the PMHA, along with Serena Haywood (St Georges) and Simon Chapman (Kings) have also developed a website – Indoor Explorers – to try to bring together resources to support parents at this difficult time.

If you have any useful resources for parents or professionals at this time – please share them with us at ContactPMHA@gmail.com

Dr Emma Blake,
Child Mental Health & General Paediatric Consultant,
Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children, Isle of Wight,
Vice Chair PMHA and Chair of Child Mental Health (CSAC) at the RCPCH

PMHA online talks on paediatric mental health

15th July 2020 – A free online event

Please register below with your
NHS / university / affiliation email

Closing date for registration: 1st July 2020

The PMHA, supported by RCPCH, is holding an afternoon of talks on Paediatric Mental Health. They are aimed at all interested health professionals, including paediatric trainees, SAS doctors, Consultants, Clinical Psychologists Child Psychiatrists, and other CAMHS professionals.

Draft Programme:

11.45 Opening

12.00 – Attachment and Autism
Dr Gina Gomez, Clinical Psychologist in Community Paediatrics – Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust 

13.00 – Maximising therapeutic benefit during mental health crisis in a paediatric ward
Dr Rory Conn, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist – Devon Partnership Trust 

14.00-14.15 Break

14.15 – Update on how to manage eating disorders
Dr Nasima Matine, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – Clinical Lead for The Phoenix Centre

15.15 – The mental health crisis in school – Education and mental health interface
Prof Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge

16.15 Close

Please use the button below to REGISTER

The PMHA will be at the Royal College of Paediatrics conference (28th April)

A short post to say that the PMHA is going to be at the annual Royal College of Paediatrics meeting on Tuesday 28th April 2020.

The PMHA session is linked with the British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology (BAPA).

The theme of the PMHA / BAPA joint session is ‘difference and self’. Sound intriguing? Why not come along to find out more.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Do you remember last year’s PMHA annual meeting?

If you remember a particularly interesting presentation or want to refresh your memory, you can now find all the presentations from last years meeting on the ‘Resources‘ page of this website.

This year’s meeting is just weeks away!

This year, Dr Karen Street, representative for Child Mental Health at RCPCH, will be there during the whole meeting. This is a great opportunity to shape the future for multi-disciplinary work.

The RCPCH drew up a Manifesto before the recent election. The RCPCH asked the new government to :

Adopt a whole systems approach to both the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of good wellbeing. This should include a commitment to providing training for all child health professionals to support children and young people that present with mental health problems in non-mental health settings.

Click here to read the whole manifesto.

*** Also new for the annual meeting this year – there will be a wide range of poster presentations by trainees covering some really interesting topics ***

Click here to book

The meeting is fast approaching!
(Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th January)
Spread the word! Don’t miss out!

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!

Call for trainees to submit abstracts for posters at the PMHA Annual Meeting

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 on the 23rd and 24th of January 2020, attracts speakers and delegates from a wide range of specialties to discuss the latest research and updates in Child Mental Health.

This year, for the first time, the meeting will feature a trainee-led poster session in which trainees can present their audits, research, or quality improvement projects related to child 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. There will also be an opportunity to give a five-minute oral presentation on Day Two of the meeting (Friday January 24th). 

To submit an abstract download and fill in the form below. Save a copy and return it as an attachment to ContactPMHA@gmail.com 

Send your abstracts to us by November 30th at the latest. Your abstract will be reviewed by members of the PMHA Executive Committee and you will be notified of acceptance by the 11th of December.

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

Please spread the word amongst your trainee colleagues!