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SAHM 2017 Presidential Address

posted 3 Sep 2017, 13:55 by Damian Wood   [ updated 3 Sep 2017, 13:57 ]

If you were unable to join SAHM in New Orleans for the 2017 Annual Meeting and missed President Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley's motivating and engaging speech, you're in luck. The speech, Cultivating 
Connectedness and Equity: A Call to Action for the Global Adolescent Health Community, is available in the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The theme for this year's meeting was Cultivating Connections. In her address, Dr. Coyne-Beasley rallied against threats to connectedness, such as discrimination and xenophobia, while stressing the importance of trust, compassion and respect when communicating with our adolescents and young adults in an increasingly globally-connected world.

You can also listen to the audio recording of the speech in its entirety along with the presentation slides at the SAHM website.

Programme for YPHSIG 2017 has been finalised: book your place now

posted 10 Jul 2017, 01:49 by Damian Wood   [ updated 3 Sep 2017, 13:37 ]

The programme for the YPHSIG 2017 meeting on Friday 22nd September 2017 is now finalised. We have an amazing line up of international experts and participation from the RCPCH & Us team and young people who are experts by experience. The activity has CPD approval from the RCPCH and you can secure your registration on-line via the Eventbrite on-line booking and payment pages today. 

Eventbrite - YPHSIG 2017 A Ten Year Story

Amazing line up of speakers announced for YPHSIG 2017 Meeting

posted 18 Jun 2017, 12:55 by Damian Wood   [ updated 18 Jun 2017, 13:03 ]

Dr Michael Rich
We are very excited about our ten year anniversary meeting and to mark this special occasion we have some great international speakers for you. The line up is confirmed and now includes:

Dr Michael Rich MD, MPH - Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Director, Center of Media and Child Health, Boston Children's Hospital

Dr Joan-Carles Suris MD PhD - Institut of Social and Preventive Medicine/Research Group on Adolescent Health, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr Lydia Shrier MD, MPH - Associate Professor of Paediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Director of Clinic Based Research  Boston Children's Hospital

Prof Russell Viner M Phil, MBBS, PhD - Professor of Adolescent Institute of Child Health, University College London and Great Ormond Street

Dr Dougal Hargreaves MD MSc - Clinical Senior Lecturer in Adolescent Health, Institute of Child Health University College London and Great Ormond Street

Dr Michael Farquhar BSc, MBChB - Consultant in Children's Sleep Medicine, Evelina Children's Hospital London.

Dr Rachel Bryant- Waugh BSc (Hons), MSc, DPhilJoint Head of the Feeding and Eating Disorders Service and Lead Psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (DCAMH) Great Ormond Street Hospital 

We will be looking back at an amazing decade of growth in both research, policy and clinical practice relating to adolescent health. Topics will include the role of media and sleep in child health as well as adolescent risk behaviours in sexual health and long term conditions. We will also look at new disease in the field of eating disorders, what's hot in adolescent health and what do the experts (including young people) think the next ten years will have in store for young people's health.

Registration is open and you can make sure your place at this once in a decade event is secured by booking now through our Eventbrite page:

Eventbrite - YPHSIG 2017 A Ten Year Story

YPHSIG 2017: A Ten Year Story

posted 21 May 2017, 14:00 by Damian Wood   [ updated 18 Jun 2017, 13:00 ]

It is with great pleasure that we announce that registration is now open for our annual meeting. This year we celebrate our 10th anniversary and we will be holding our meeting on Friday 22nd September 2017 at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health London. We have a great line up of speakers including Prof JC Suris, University of Lausanne, Switzerland and Prof Russell Viner, University College London. We will be looking forward to the next ten years in adolescent health and the programme will cover hot topics such as eating disorders, sleep, social media, long term conditions and global adolescent health.

Eventbrite - YPHSIG 2017 A Ten Year Story

New Adolescent Course from UCL Team

posted 1 May 2017, 10:16 by Damian Wood   [ updated 1 May 2017, 10:55 ]
To book your place click on the image above or visit

Youth Mental Health – what role for Primary Care?

posted 14 Mar 2017, 16:14 by Damian Wood

Thursday 25th May 2017, 9.30 – 16.00
Venue: Jubilee Conference Centre, Triumph Road, Nottingham NG7 2TU

Registration is open for this is one-day conference for GPs, practice nurses, service users, researchers, mental health practitioners, psychiatrists, policy-makers, commissioners, and anyone else with an interest in this area. This multifaceted event will provide a forum for discussing the latest research, sharing best practice examples, reflecting on real life experiences, and considering how to best manage some of the challenging issues which both young people and primary care professionals face. The themes for the day will be early detection and management, the interface between primary and secondary care, the role of technology, and suicide prevention.

Cost: Full price: £75.00
Concessionary rate for service users, carers and voluntary sector organisations: £45.00 (limited places)
Lunch and refreshments are included

To register your attendance: please complete and return a registration form by email to by no later than 12th May 2017

RCPCH: State of Child Health Report 2017

posted 27 Jan 2017, 00:16 by Damian Wood

The State of Child Health Report 2017 has been published by the RCPCH and highlights the jeopardy of child health inequalities in the UK. Read more on the report including the state of health for school age children and adolescents

Wear your silly socks and help beat eating disorders

posted 26 Jan 2017, 23:47 by Damian Wood   [ updated 26 Jan 2017, 23:48 ]

Beat’s annual Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) is fast approaching and will this year be Monday 27 February – Sunday 5 March. Find out more about EDAW. We’ll be focusing on the importance of spotting and quickly acting on the signs of an eating disorder and highlighting why medical professionals need more support to ensure people find treatment early. 

Together with thousands of supporters across the UK and don your silly socks, take a #SockItSelfie, and raise vital funds for Beat on Friday 3 March 2016. Let’s Sock It to Eating Disorders together!

Thousands of people with eating disorders and their loved ones rely on Beat’s services each year. We’re here 365 days a year to listen to people when they need us most. For many, contacting Beat is the first step to recovery.

Thanks to our generous supporters, Beat’s dedicated Helpline is now open 365 days a year. With your help, we can continue to provide our essential services for anyone affected by eating disorders.

Simply wear your silliest, boldest, wackiest socks and fundraise for Beat. Every donation, big or small, and every silly sock worn will help more people to access our helplines and online support groups, information, and message boards.- The Beat Fundraising team

To read more about the work of Beat visit

RCPCH Members CEA Awards 2017

posted 26 Jan 2017, 23:25 by Damian Wood

2017 ACCEA Round

The College has established that the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) is now preparing the 2017 ACCEA Round for National Level Awards. The ACCEA will open the window of opportunity to submit applications from 28 February to 25 April 2017.     


We are therefore writing to advise members to consider now if they wish to undertake an application for a new or renewal ACCEA Award this year (awards are for a fixed period – usually of 5 years – and renewal applications need to be made if a recipient wishes the award to be continued).


Members intending to undertake an application to ACCEA in 2017 are strongly recommended to begin planning for this now.



The College has now begun planning its own process to give prospective applicants the opportunity to seek a College citation in support of their application. The College process will begin very soon.


The entire College process for receiving draft applications, assessing them and submitting citations to ACCEA will need to be complete before the deadline for ACCEA applications. As a consequence, the College is likely to be forced to make its own window of opportunity extremely short.

College Processes

The College process for Bronze, Silver and Gold level Award citations will take the same form as in previous years. Applications will need to be made to your local Area Ranking Committee (ARC). Applications put forward by ARCs will then be considered in National competition by the College National Ranking Committee for each of the three Award Levels.


The process for Gold Award holders seeking support from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) for Platinum Level Award applications is also to remain the same as last year. Each Medical Royal College will make a ‘first sift’ of applications on a specialty basis. Applications seeking a recommendation from the RCPCH to the AoMRC for a supporting citation from the AoMRC for a Platinum Level Award application will need to be submitted to the RCPCH centrally.


The RCPCH again plans to provide a supporting citation to all those undertaking a Renewal application to the ACCEA for an existing Award. Citations for Renewal applicants to the ACCEA will be provided without competition and those seeking a supporting citation from the RCPCH for their ACCEA Renewal application should submit their application to the RCPCH centrally.


More Information

Further information for these three College processes – for citations supporting Bronze, Silver and Gold New Award applicants, for a recommendation to the AoMRC for a citation for a Platinum New Award application and for citations supporting Renewal Award applicants – will be communicated by email and the College Clinical Excellence Award web pages once these are confirmed.


For background, details of the 2016 College process are still available on the College website together with a link to the ACCEA’s own web site which includes the 2016 application drafting forms as well as the 2016 Guidance documents you may use to begin preparing your application. The College’s web pages will be updated as more information emerges. Those planning an application should refer back to them on a regular basis.   


Members who have received this email are asked to share it with colleagues who may wish to make an application to ACCEA and could have opted out of College email communications. Those who have opted out of email contact from the College can opt back in to College communications at any time by amending their on-line account on the College website.


With best wishes,

John Pettitt  

RCPCH National ACCEA Lead  

Governance and AAC Team

Liraglutide for adolescent obesity: study suggests safe and tolerable

posted 24 Jan 2017, 14:03 by Damian Wood

A study by Danne et al and supported by Novo Nordisk A/S published in the Journal of Pediatrics appears to show that Liraglutide, a treatment for adult obesity, is safe and tolerable in adolescents and shows a similar pharmacokinetic profile to adults. Abdominal pain was the main adverse effect.  The SCALE study showed that high dose (3mg) once daily subcutaneous Liraglutide was associated with around 6kgs of weight loss over a year when used alongside diet and exercise intervention for weight management in adult participants.. 

The study is available as Open Access: 

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