Vacancy on Child Mental Health CSAC: Training Advisor

There is currently an interesting job vacancy at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Special Advisory Committee (CSAC).

CSAC has particular responsibility for monitoring Level 3 trainees’ and SPIN trainees’ progress through their sub-specialty training, advising and signing off sub-specialty CCTs (certificates of completion of training) and the continued development of their Level 3 curriculum and assessment systems.

If you work in a Consultant Post, have experience in Child Mental Health, have excellent communication skills, the ability to work well in a team, and expertise and experience in training, please take a look…

Click here to view the job description

To apply, please click here.

Note that the current round of applications closes 6 April 2021 (9.30am)

The RCPCH conference 2021

This year’s RCPCH conference will take place ONLINE between the 15th and 17th of June.

The theme is:
Challenges, opportunities and solutions for Child Heath in the COVID-19 era’.

Click here for more information.


The PMHA at the conference

The PMHA session is on Wednesday 16th June (15:30-18:00) and will be run jointly with Child Protection Special Interest Group. The theme is ‘The impact of COVID on child mental health and on safeguarding’

Abstract submissions are open – please submit abstracts by the 10th March using the link below:

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news-events/rcpch-conference-2021-abstract-submission

We look forward to hosting,
and seeing as many of you as possible there! 

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

Get ready to SPIN: Level 3 Paediatric Trainees

The RCPCH offers various special interest (SPIN) modules for training.

A SPIN Module in Child Mental Health is now available

INTRODUCTION TO SPIN:

There are two types of SPIN offered:

  • 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.

All SPIN modules are designed to enable a paediatrician to lead in that area as part of meeting a service need. It is vitally important that you articulate the service need for your choice of SPIN explaining why it is necessary on your application form.

Once completed, applicants can be the local lead and part of the clinical network providing for children who need specialist paediatric care.

For more information, please click on link below:
https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/special-interest-spin-module-application-guidance

APPLICATIONS:

Applications opened on the 2nd November and close on the 1st December 2020. To apply now, click here.

* You can apply once you start your level 3 training in paediatrics (normally from your ST6 placement).

* You cannot usually undertake SPIN training at the same time as sub-specialty training (also called GRID). There are some exceptions to this rule and we will update this page as we develop our SPIN work. If you have an enquiry about SPIN eligibility for you, contact us at training.services@rcpch.ac.uk.

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

Featured

RCPCH statement on Child Mental Health

1st September 2020

Mental health issues are increasingly common among children and young people—suicide is now the leading cause of death for both males and females aged five to 19 years old, and one in eight people among this age group is currently living with a mental health condition. 

Children and young people in vulnerable groups are even more at risk, including LGBTQ+ people, low income households, children in care, and those with parental mental health issues, special educational needs, on child protection plans, or in the criminal justice system. 

Underinvestment in mental health is a longstanding concern. This has been amplified by the pandemic due to the extra stress caused by prolonged school closures, social isolation, adverse social and environmental circumstances, and a lack of access to usual support services. 

RCPCH’s Assistant Officer for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Dr Karen Street, says: “Our key message is that our patients’ mental health is our business. There is a joint responsibility to provide necessary services across the children’s workforce. 

“In the wake of COVID-19, many children and young people will have greater mental health support needs. As services begin to recover, the time is ripe to connect across the entire child health workforce and local, regional, and national boundaries. Together, we can work to develop improved and integrated mental health services.” 

In its statement, the College includes a number of recommendations, including: 

  • All paediatric teams should have a nominated lead for mental health. 
  • Paediatric training must include promotion of wellbeing in children and young people and management of common mental health issues. 
  • Paediatricians with higher exposure to issues need more extensive training and support. 
  • Paediatricians should not be expected to work in isolation when managing severe cases of mental illness. 
  • Use of mental health screening tools in higher risk people should be considered. 

The College will also continue to support mental health through its activities, including: 

  • Having an Assistant Officer for Mental Health on its Health Improvement Committee. 
  • Working with NHSE and HEE to implement of the NHSE Long Term Plan. 
  • Developing training through its Child Mental Health Specialty Advisory Committee. 
  • Developing the Progress curriculum for all paediatric trainees to include mental health. 
  • Partnering with MindEd to produce a paediatric ‘learning path’. 

Read the College’s full position statement on the role of paediatricians in mental health here

RCPCH Online course

The RCPCH is organising this interesting one-day online course

How to Manage: Emotional and behavioural problems in community paediatrics

“This online course will help you to confidently support children and young people with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties.”

October 16 from 09.45 – 16.00

For more information, click on the link below:

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/education-careers/courses/rcpch-course/how-manage-emotional-behavioural-problems-community

The RCPCH’s Spring Meeting 2020 has become an Online Conference

The RCPCH’s Spring meeting, scheduled for April 2020, was regretfully cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the the meeting will go ahead online, with different sessions running between the 25 September and 13 November 2020.


PMHA Joint Workshop: ‘Difference and Self’

The PMHA had planned a joint workshop with the British Association for Paediatricians in Audiology, themed ‘Difference and self’.

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. 

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

To register, click on the link below:

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

The posters which had been accepted for the workshop, are now available to view online. Visit this link:

 https://eposters.rcpch.ac.uk/ 

(You’ll need to register but RCPCH membership is not needed for this).
You’ll find the posters in the ‘mental health’ section.  Please view the posters, register for the webinar, and spread the word!

Dr Sheila Peters: Immediate Past Convenor of PMHA

Reimagining the future of paediatric care after COVID-19

Last month, the RCPCH published an interesting report Reimagining the future of paediatric care post-COVID-19 – a reflective report of rapid learning‘. The report is the first in a series of reports from the Paediatrics 2014 Project.

“This report, published on 26 June 2020, is the first in a series from the Paediatrics 2040 project that will inform RCPCH’s vision for the future of paediatrics in the UK. We summarise our learning from this period of rapid change, focusing in particular on the elements of new practice that we want to keep and take forwards into the future…

To read the report, click the link below:

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/reimagining-future-paediatric-care-post-covid-19-reflective-report-rapid-learning

RCPCH: State of Child Health 2020

In March, the RCPCH published its ‘State of Child Health 2020’ report. This landmark report provides a snapshot of infant, children and young people’s physical and mental health. 

The RCPCH say: “On 4 March 2020, RCPCH launched our new State of Child Health. The update provides the latest data from our 2017 indicators, alongside evidence for new indicators, including: looked after children, mental health, youth violence, young carers and the child health workforce. Alongside this, we’ve spoken to 2,000 children and young people to find out what makes them feel “healthy, happy and well”.

We’ve outlined our key asks for each of the UK Governments, which we hope will ensure delivery of key policy decisions to improve child health outcomes.

The State of Child Health 2020 Report utilises comparable UK data across 27 child health and wellbeing indicators to produce a range of associated recommendations aimed at improving outcomes. It builds on the 2017 Report which provided an unprecedented snapshot of how infant, children and young people’s physical and mental health was faring across the UK.  

Click below to read the report:

http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/state-of-child-health