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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

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

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!

RCPCH Annual Conference

Discounted booking for the 2020 RCPCH Conference and exhibition closes on Thursday 27 February – don’t miss out on this special rate.

Taking place from the 28-30 April at the ACC Liverpool, the theme for this year’s event is ‘Innovating for child health’ and it is a vital opportunity to come together to explore the current challenges facing paediatricians and discuss what we need to do to ensure a bright future for child health.

The ‘State of Child Health 2020‘ report, which is due to be published in March, will reveal fascinating insights and paint a picture of child health in the UK.

The RCPCH will be hosting sessions that explore the report’s findings and what this means for the future of child health…

  • How healthy are UK children? – State of child health in 2020
    Speakers: Dr Ronny Cheung & Dr Rakhee Shah
    This session will provide an overview of the latest data on a range of child health outcomes in the UK, covering physical and mental health, alongside social determinants of health (e.g. poverty and education). We’ll discuss how paediatricians can make use of the data and provide health promotion advice to their patients.
  • State of child health in 2020 – how can we improve?
    Speakers: Dr Ronny Cheung, Dr David Tuthill, Dr Steve Turner, Dr Ray Nethercott, RCPCH & Us Children and Young People Network
    This interactive session will explore the findings from the recently published State of Child Health report. It will examine child health priorities that require change, looking at trends within the data alongside lived experiences of children and young people. We will look at policy change and discuss how we can make meaningful improvements in child health.

The PMHA is 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