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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

College welcomes first ever Children's Forum

Embargoed until 07 February 2012

Commenting on the establishment of the Children’s and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum last month, Dr Margaret Murphy, Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, said:

"We warmly welcome this important opportunity for professionals, users and carers across all of children's services to develop an outcomes framework and set of principles for children and young people's services.

"Through a three-month period of engagement, the Forum aims to identify the health issues that matter most to children and young people and consider how a modern NHS will meet their needs. This is particularly welcome because it represents a recognition that we may need to do things differently to ensure a child-friendly NHS."

The Children’s and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum will be jointly chaired by Professor Ian Lewis, Medical Director at the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, and Christine Lenehan, Director at the Council for Disabled Children. Child psychiatrists Dr Margaret Murphy and Professor Stephen Scott will be members of the Forum.

For further information, please contact:
Claire McLoughlin or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538


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