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

Research highlight

Surveillance methodology has been widely used in paediatrics (British Paediatric Surveillance Unit, BPSU) and psychiatry (Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Surveillance System, CAPSS) to provide epidemiological data on conditions of interest. This study aimed to investigate the degree to which community paediatricians are involved in the care of children and young people (CYP) with mental health conditions, with implications for the surveillance of these conditions.

The authors concluded that community paediatricians are most involved in the care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and that joint BPSU and CAPSS surveillance would be recommended for these disorders. Whilst community paediatricians are also involved in the care of CYP with emotional difficulties, often due to limited access to CAMHS, it was felt that the decision for single or joint surveillance should be made after consideration of all relevant factors. The authors also highlighted the urgent need to expand CAMHS services in order to provide support for CYP with emotional difficulties, who are currently being managed by community paediatricians.

Involvement of community paediatricians in the care of children and young people with mental health difficulties in the UK: implications for case ascertainment by child and adolescent psychiatric, and paediatric surveillance systems

Ayyash HF, Ogundele MO, Lynn RM, et al. Involvement of community paediatricians in the care of children and young people with mental health difficulties in the UK: implications for case ascertainment by child and adolescent psychiatric, and paediatric surveillance systems. BMJ Paediatrics Open 2021;5:e000713. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000713

Follow this link to read the full paper.

Research highlight

The bidirectional interplay between physical and mental health is well recognised, and yet the research methodology used to study the impact of childhood chronic illness on mental health outcomes has in the past often been suboptimal. A recently published longitudinal study aimed to remediate this by using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) to explore the relationship between chronic childhood illness and adolescent psychiatric disorders, including possible mediating factors, in children aged between 10 and 15 years.

One of the main study findings was that a high level of health-related school absenteeism was the most consistent predictor of mental health problems in adolescents. While there are multiple possible explanations for this, it nevertheless provides an important and interesting insight into the impact of chronic illness on a child’s life and health outcomes.  

Chronic illness in childhood and early adolescence: a longitudinal exploration of co-occurring mental illness

Brady AM, Deighton J, Stansfeld S. Chronic illness in childhood and early adolescence: A longitudinal exploration of co-occurring mental illness. Dev Psychopathol. 2021 Aug;33(3):885-898. doi: 10.1017/S0954579420000206. PMID: 32362290.

Follow this link to read the full paper.

Research highlight

Secure parent-infant relationships are a crucial factor in ensuring good mental and physical wellbeing throughout life. The Parent-Infant Foundation recently published this report, which includes a summary of qualitative and quantitative research conducted with parents, focusing on the parent-infant relationship.

Here are some of the key research findings, but do follow this link to read the full report (page 25-29 for the parent research).

  • Parents ranked the parent-infant relationship as the third most important influence on child development, below the impact of domestic violence and parental drug use.
  • 50% of parents thought there was not enough support available for developing the parent-infant relationship.
  • The fear of judgement and stigma are barriers to parents seeking support with their parent-infant relationship.

Securing Healthy Lives: An extended summary of research about parent-infant relationship help and support across Cwm Taf Morgannwg

Bateson DK., Sercombe M., Hamilton W. Securing Healthy Lives: An extended summary of research about parent-infant relationship help and support across Cwm Taf Morgannwg. Parent-Infant Foundation. December 2021.

Updated Annual Meeting Programme

We have just updated the programme for the PMHA Annual Winter Meeting 2022 (January 27th and 28th), adding more great speakers and sessions to the line up.

To view the updated programme, click here.

The online meeting is a great opportunity to network with other professionals working in paediatrics and mental health, and to update yourself on the latest research and developments in the field.

If you have not already booked for the meeting, there is still time to do so. Members of the PMHA can attend at a special discounted price.

Click here for more information and to register.

PMHA Webinar 15: Self Injurious Behaviour

Happy new year to all our subscribers!

The first PMHA webinar of the year will take place on Monday 10th January at 7.30pm. The topic of this webinar is ‘Self Injurious Behaviour’ and it will be presented by Dr Caroline Richards, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

To book a place at the webinar, click here.

Please sign up using your professional email address (@nhs.net or nhs.uk) and we will contact you when your registration has been approved.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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!

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

PMHA Webinar 9: Eating Disorders

The PMHA’s next webinar, on the topic of “Eating Disorders”, will be held on Monday 4th October at 7.30pm (Online).

Organised in conjunction with the Thinking Together group, this webinar will be delivered by Dr. Muriel Meso (Consultant Paediatrician), Dr. Victoria Chapman (Eating Disorder Consultant) and Dr. Ros Dharampal (Liaison Psychiatry Consultant).

To book a place at the webinar, click here.

Please sign up using your professional email address (@nhs.net or nhs.uk) and we will contact you when your registration has been approved.

Looking forward to seeing you there!