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!

Assistant Officer for Mental Health on the RCPCH Health Improvement Committee

Below is a message from Dr Karen Street, MA (Oxon), BMBCh, MRCPCH, MScTLHP, who has recently been appointed the Assistant Officer for Mental Health on the RCPCH Health Improvement Committee and is a member of the PMHA Executive Committee:

I am the new Assistant Officer for Mental Health on the RCPCH Health Improvement Committee. I trained in Oxford, Sheffield and Bristol, and for the last 13 years have been a Consultant general paediatrician at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. Throughout my very broad training (with a few detours to have my three children) I have always been interested in the overlap areas between community child health and acute paediatric hospital care, which over my Consultant career has developed more specifically into the overlap between physical and mental health. I believe in entirely joined up working with child and adolescent mental health professionals and over the last 10 years in Exeter, East and Mid Devon we have together established an eating disorder service which is cited as a good practise example in the commissioning guide ‘Access and waiting time standard for children and young people with an eating disorder’, a commissioner funded P3 (persistent, problematic, unexplained, physical symptoms) pilot, which has been presented at RCPCH and YPHSIG conferences, and we are now the first district general hospital in the southwest to have a paediatric liaison psychiatrist.

In the second half of my Consultant career I have changed my working pattern and applied for the college role in which I am excited to both learn and to bring my local experience to a national level. My aims are to promote the message that ‘mental health is our business’ in all areas of college work and to all college members, and to ensure that  mental health considerations are embedded into all aims, policies, guidance etc produced by the College.  An essential part of this is incorporating mental health into the training of future paediatricians  at medical school, foundation years and through our Progress curriculum and I hope that some of this can be achieved by developing  joint training initiatives with our CAMHS colleagues within the RCPsych.  In my role I will also be continually advocating for integrated physical/mental health services for children and young people in my interactions at strategic level and by producing an RCPCH position statement, and including it in the role of the new RCPCH ambassadors who will be working at STP/ICS level. 

I look forward to being a part of the Paediatric Mental Health Association Executive Committee.

Karen is coming to our next Highgate meeting in January 2020 and looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible

Take a look at the programme, if you haven’t already seen it. It promises to be a fantastic meeting! Please spread the word.

Call for abstracts for the PMHA session of the RCPCH Annual Conference 2020

The involvement of the Paediatric Mental Health Association is vital in helping to attract a wide range of high-quality abstracts for presentation at the 2020 RCPCH Conference and exhibition.

All accepted abstracts will be considered for either oral or poster presentation and will also feature online, in the main conference programme and on the conference app.

The deadline to submit your abstract is Monday 21 October 2019.

Please click on the link below for further information https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news-events/rcpch-conference-exhibition/abstracts

RCPCH Briefing on Brexit

The RCPCH President Professor Russell Viner recently wrote to all College members highlighting his concerns about the impact of Brexit on children and young people, and on our public life and institutions.

You can read his briefing by clicking on the link or the screenshot below:

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/key-topics/leaving-the-eu

The RCPCH invites members to get in contact about this:

“Should you feel there is information that will be a benefit for the College to monitor and consider, then please do be in touch. As always, we are keen that our response to these issues is driven by a thorough understanding of the issues affecting members in Trusts and Health Boards across the UK” 

Contact:
Melissa Ashe (Head of Policy)
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Melissa.Ashe@rcpch.ac.uk (+44 (0)20 7092 6095)

Upcoming event

RCPCH – How to Manage: Emotional and behavioural problems

This one-day course will enable you to confidently support children and young people with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Date: 4 October 2019 – 4 October 2019
Time: 09.00 – 17.00

Location:
RCPCH
5-11 Theobalds Road
London
WC1X 8SH
United Kingdom

For more information:

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