MDT Discussions about Nasogastric Feeding with Restrictive Intake Disorders in Young People – teaching resource

Increasing numbers of children and young people are requiring admission to paediatric wards with restrictive eating, and physical compromise. This is a FICTIONAL account of a multiprofessional discussion regarding Nasogastric feeding, and the potential for restrictive practices and restraint, with consideration of legal frameworks. Those involved in this teaching are clinicians involved in this workContinue reading “MDT Discussions about Nasogastric Feeding with Restrictive Intake Disorders in Young People – teaching resource”

“No Harm Done”

https://charliewaller.org/mental-health-resources/managing-difficult-feelings/help-for-young-people-worried-about-self-harm The Charlie Waller Trust, Young Minds & Royal College of Psychiatrists produced a range of mental health resources around Self Harm in 2016, including some fantastic videos to raise awareness and bring hope to those suffering. These resources were under the banner of “No Harm Done: Things Can Change”. We are now looking toContinue reading ““No Harm Done””

“A Revolution in Mindset” – Addressing the youth mental health crisis after the pandemic – Reform Policy Report 2022

“The aftermath of the pandemic provides an opportunity for the Government to reshape its approach to supporting young people’s mental health. The last two years have shone a much-needed spotlight on the shortcomings of current provision and a broad consensus exists to put young people’s wellbeing at the heart of the pandemic recovery.” The ReportContinue reading ““A Revolution in Mindset” – Addressing the youth mental health crisis after the pandemic – Reform Policy Report 2022″

Mental Health in Asylum Seekers & Refugees

The Royal College of Psychiatrists have produced a new resource of information, guidance and professional support regarding the mental health of asylum seekers and refugees: https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/international/humanitarian-resources/asylum-seeker-and-refugee-mental-health The advice is endorsed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and will be of most use to those working in primary care, and schools.

“Medically Unexplained Symptoms” – A response to accusations of ‘gaslighting’

It’s been upsetting this week to have been accused on Twitter of “gaslighting” children and families. I’m keen to clarify my position on Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS), an area in which I have clinical interest. A thread follows. Everyone is familiar with the idea that life stressors can cause physical signs/symptoms (for example, we feelContinue reading ““Medically Unexplained Symptoms” – A response to accusations of ‘gaslighting’”

Trauma, the Autonomic Nervous System, and Symptomatic Responses in Children

I have just finished reading Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan’s excellent book “The Sleeping Beauties“, which I really recommend: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-sleeping-beauties/suzanne-osullivan/9781529010572 . O’Sullivan is a neurologist with a particular interest in Functional Disorders (where the patients presentation isn’t objectively caused by biological disease eg. an infection, a lesion, or insult to the substance of the body). One ofContinue reading “Trauma, the Autonomic Nervous System, and Symptomatic Responses in Children”

Talking To Children and Young People about the War in Ukraine

I have been thinking a lot about the ripple effects of a war in Europe, on the psychological safety of us all. Children and Young People perhaps more than others will be vulnerable to feeling anxious, confused and upset. Graphic and disturbing updates are only a click away online. I asked some colleagues about resourcesContinue reading “Talking To Children and Young People about the War in Ukraine”

NASOGASTRIC FEEDING UNDER RESTRAINT IN PAEDIATRICS

Sadly, the numbers of Children and Young People presenting with a picture of severe, restrictive intake has increased exponentially in the last 2 years. This is undoubtedly a consequence of the pandemic. Young people have had to tolerate a high degree of uncertainty, a lack of structure, a loss of normal support functions. They haveContinue reading “NASOGASTRIC FEEDING UNDER RESTRAINT IN PAEDIATRICS”