Learning Collaborative for Paediatric Mental Health Leads

A new group supported by the RCPCH is being established to support paediatricians in acute settings who work as, or are interested in becoming, “Paediatric Mental Health Lead” for their clinical team.

If you would like to be a part of this group, please email acutesetting.cypmh@nhs.net to be added to the mailing list for the next meeting.

For further information, please read the following introductory email from Kate Pye, Deputy Director of CYP Nursing at NHS England, and Karen Street, RCPCH Officer for Mental Health:

“Dear colleagues,

We are inviting you to the first meeting of our learning collaborative for those in mental health/physical health clinical lead roles in acute/paediatric settings, with a view to help those in these roles feel supported and to provide a place where they can share learning and challenges.

Please note that this group is intended for clinical leads based in an emergency department or other acute paediatric setting, rather than strategic/policy leads who work across mental and physical health.

Background/context

In 2021, the RCPCH issued a position statement that outlines the role of Paediatricians in supporting children and young people’s mental health. A key recommendation was to have a Mental Health Lead in every team.

More recently NHS England created a website to outline the NHS response to meeting the challenge of increasing referrals to mental health services, giving useful resources and guidelines.

As part of trialling ‘what works’ for CYP with mental health needs in acute settings, NHS England released limited funding for 2022/23 to regions and systems. Several areas have decided to focus on trialling mental health/physical health lead roles to ensure there is designated time within each provider to champion the change needed to care for these CYP (and their families) and to develop staff appropriately.

Some of you may therefore have been invited by regional colleagues as part of the above work, whilst others of you may already have been in these roles.

We’re keen to open this group out to make it as helpful as possible, so would encourage you to forward on to those who you believe are in the same roles – or roles similar to you – that would typically cover the following key functions:

  • Encourage the uptake of training across their departments
  • Provide leadership and link into trust governance structures, facilitating joint working across the mental health pathway and the wider system
  • Provide guidance to their colleagues, empowering them to feel competent and supported

Group aims

In addition to serving as a peer support network, we are also keen to understand via this group colleagues’ experiences of the role including:

  • Key challenges and lessons learned
  • Key successes and how these were achieved
  • How much time they feel is required
  • How their efforts are being received by other staff, particularly across their wider system (i.e. linking with mental health colleagues)
  • What other support they might need to deliver and excel in the role

The group will be chaired by Kate Pye, Deputy Director of CYP Nursing at NHS England. We plan to use part of the first session to understand how colleagues would like to use a group such as this moving forward and how we can make it as helpful as possible for those joining.

Please do feel free to email us at acutesetting.cypmh@nhs.net if you’ve any questions.”

Interested in Mental Health Leadership in Paediatrics?

Did you miss the PMHA Summer Meeting on Thursday 7th July 2022? You can still find out about this role here:

In 2020, the RCPCH issued a position statement that outlines the role of Paediatricians in supporting children and young people’s mental health and makes key recommendations to ensure their mental health needs are met. One of the recommendations was to have a Mental Health Lead in every team. Click here for full details about this.

More recently, NHS England created a website to outline the NHS response to meeting the challenge of increasing referrals to mental health services This gives links to useful resources and guidelines. Click here to learn more about this.

On 30 March 2022, the RCPCH hosted a webinar about the role that Paediatricians can play in supporting children and young people’s mental health. Click here to watch a recording of this Webinar.

PMHA Summer Meeting: The role of a Mental Health Lead

Dear All, 

Just a reminder about the upcoming PMHA Summer meeting on
Thursday 7th July from 1pm.
This will be useful for Paediatric trainees and consultants interested in becoming departmental mental health leads, or for those already in the role and keen to know what support is available. 

Provisional programme:

13:30 – Welcome and Introductions

13:40 – Dr. Karen Street, RCPCH Officer for Mental Health: “The Role of Paediatricians in Supporting Mental Health”

14:25 – Dr. Richard Sankar, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, “Navigating Commissioning within Child Mental Health”

15:10 – Break

15:20 – Dr. Emma Blake, PMHA Convenor: “Building Networks and Getting Support in Your Role as Mental Health Lead”

16:05 – Dr. James Dearden, Paediatric Mental Health Lead: “Working as a Mental Health Lead in General Paediatrics”

16:50 – Close

 As usual, 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


Best Wishes, 
The PMHA Trainee Team

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

RCPCH Training Course: How to manage eating disorders

The RCPCH has an interesting day-long, online training course taking place on the 20th June 2022:

Eating disorders are classified as mental health disorders which can result in serious and life-threatening short and long-term medical consequences and are increasingly common in day to day paediatric practice.

This course will help delegates develop an approach to the management of children and young people with eating disorders. It provides a clinical framework for the recognition, clinical risk assessment and management of children and young people with eating disorders.

It aims to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in assessing and managing a child or young person with an eating disorder in outpatient and inpatient paediatric medical settings.

The course is held online on 20th June, between 9.15am – 4.10pm 

Click here for more information and to reserve a place

RCPCH Webinar: Mental Health Leadership in Paediatrics

Key Audience: Paediatricians with an interest in Mental Health

Wednesday 30th March 2022, 1pm to 2pm, ONLINE

Dr Karen Street, RCPCH Officer for Mental Health, Dr Emma Blake, Chair of the Paediatric Mental Health Association (PMHA), and Dr James Dearden, Consultant Paediatrician and Mental Health Lead, will talk about the role that paediatricians can play in supporting children and young people’s mental health, and the opportunities that mental health lead roles offer for paediatrics.

Click here to learn more about the event and how to register.

PMHA Webinar 4 – Tics and Tourette’s

Tics and Tourette’s: A General Paediatricians Guide 

Dr Emma Blake: General Paediatrician and Paediatric Mental Health Consultant, Convenor of the PMHA 

It will take place on Monday 19th July at 7:30pm

Booking is available 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.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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