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

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/paediatric-mental-health-afternoon-talks-tickets-108112160382

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 

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