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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: 

MHRA Drug Safety Update:

posted 24 Jan 2017, 13:27 by Damian Wood   [ updated 24 Jan 2017, 13:31 ]

The UK Medicines Health Regulatory Authority recently issued a drug safety update for Intravenous N-acetylcysteine (NAC) for paracetamol overdose: including a reminder of authorised dose regimen and the possible need for continued treatment with NAC

The authorised dose regimen is 3 consecutive bags given intravenously over 21 hours. Prescribing information for NAC is being updated to advise that continued treatment with NAC may be necessary depending on clinical evaluation of the individual patient... read more

New AYPH research on parents of young people with mental health problems

posted 14 Nov 2016, 06:20 by Damian Wood

The AYPH have published a new research briefing today, on the role of parents in supporting young people with mental health problems.  Our survey showed that parents felt ignored, helpless at finding support for their children and distressed by long waiting times.  Over a third had resorted to private counselling because they struggled to find any other kind of service, and 41% felt excluded buy the agencies involved in helping their young people.  But parents want to be part of the solution, and made a number of suggestions to improve the situation.  

Ann Hagell PhD MScPH
Research Lead
Association for Young People's Health 

#LancetYouth twitter chat Sept 15 8am BST

posted 9 Sep 2016, 05:00 by Damian Wood   [ updated 9 Sep 2016, 05:03 ]

In May 2016, the Lancet released ‘Our future: a Lancet Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing’ to shed light on the unparalleled challenges the 1.8 billion adolescents across the globe are now facing. Beyond sharing compelling data on the state of adolescent health, the report also emphasized the critical need to engage and empower young people as major investors in their own health and the health of all adolescents.

In the run up to the 71st UN General Assembly in New York in 8 days’ time (that is focussing on The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world), we are again hoping to advance the conversations around adolescent health.

To that end, on Thursday September 15, 8am BST/5pm AEST we are hosting our first Twitter chat, and we would very much appreciate it if you could please help us in promoting and/or participating in this event. The chat is being hosted by NCD Child, The University of Melbourne, and Plan International UK.

The THEMES of the #LancetYouth twitter chat are:
  • Empowerment & Protection [How do societies both protect and empower young people to promote healthy outcomes in adolescents and young adults?]
  • Engagement [What does meaningful youth engagement really mean?]
  • Education [The role of education for health]
  • Equity [Who is getting left behind? Where are we missing the mark in regards to adolescent health and wellbeing?
Should you wish to participate in the #LancetYouth twitter chat, submit your questions to or ask them during the chat using the hashtag #LancetYouth.

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Molly O’Sullivan, BMedSci (Hons)
Project Coordinator | Population Health Studies of Adolescents
Our future: a Lancet Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute | The Royal Children’s Hospital
Flemington Road Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia

Ext: 16229 | T: (03) 8341 6229 | M: 0438 574 860


September 2016 Edition of the YPHSIG Newsletter now available

posted 6 Jul 2016, 06:38 by Damian Wood   [ updated 9 Sep 2016, 04:56 ]

The September edition of the YPHSIG newsletter is now available to view by clicking the following link Newsletter 2016

Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health

posted 13 May 2016, 06:55 by Damian Wood   [ updated 13 May 2016, 07:11 ]

This week sees the Launch of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health. Here is the executive summary for more information visit

The largest generation of adolescents and young people in human history (1.8 billion) demands more attention and action. Adolescents and young adults face unprecedented social, economic, and cultural change. This new Lancet Commission argues that there are both current threats, if inaction continues, but also tremendous unrealised opportunities not only for the health and wellbeing of young people themselves but also for the future of society and future generations. The most powerful actions for adolescent health and wellbeing are intersectoral, multilevel, and multicomponent and engage and empower young people themselves to be part of change and accountability mechanisms.

In addition to this groundbreaking Commission, The Lancet is also launching a campaign to continue dialogue around this critical topic. Increasing social impact of science and research will lead to better lives for all.

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