CAPSS uses a process of active surveillance to support the epidemiological study of rare mental health disorders or events amongst children and adolescents across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Our aims

CAPSS aims to:

  • facilitate epidemiological surveillance and research into rare child and adolescent mental health disorders and events
  • increase awareness among the medical profession and public about these disorders and events as well as their impact on children and adolescents
  • allow psychiatrists to participate in surveillance of such conditions
  • inform clinical strategy and public health policy
  • respond in a timely manner to clinical and public health concerns.

Our Executive Committee

Aditya SharmaChair of CAPSS executive committee, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Newcastle University and Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Hani AyyashConsultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, Special Interest in Child Mental Health, Clinical Lead for Neurodevelopmental Pathway and Community Paediatrics, Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Southend on- Sea, Essex
Tamsin Ford

Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Honorary Consultant at Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust

Jaya GuptaSpecialty Trainee, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
Priya HodginsConsultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Marinos KyriakopoulosConsultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Visiting Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London; Adjunct Assistant Professor
Richard LynnBritish Paediatric Surveillance Unit of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University College London, Institute of Child Health, London
Fiona McNicholasConsultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin, Ireland
Andrew McWilliamsSpecialist Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Great Ormond Street Hospital; Clinical Research Fellow & PhD student - Mental Health and Justice Project, King's College London & Metacognition Group, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London
Michael MortonHonorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Glasgow. Retired Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow
Dasha NichollsReader in Child Psychiatry, Imperial College, London and Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Founding Chair of CAPSS 
Udo Reulbach Special Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University College, Dublin
Cornelius Ani Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London
Eleanor Smith Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders Service, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Helen SmithConsultant Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Clinical Lead for WOS CAMHS, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer; University of Glasgow