Perinatal Faculty Multidisciplinary Training
On 25 and 26 October, our Perinatal Faculty organised a very well-attended Regional Multidisciplinary Perinatal Mental Health Training event. The training, which was supported by the Public Health Agency, took place in the newly-refurbished and impressive Assembly Buildings in Fisherwick Place.
Attendees came from across the five trusts and they heard initially from Drs Peter Sloan and Julie Anderson. Clinical psychology was represented by Geraldine Scott-Heyes, while Lindsay Robinson and Adam Bartholomew provided a parent and carer perspective. Mary Duggan spoke from a health visitor’s standpoint, while Shona Hamilton presented on behalf of midwifery.
Social work and safeguarding were addressed on the second day by Lelia Fitzsimons and Dr Janine Lynch, while Dr Billy Gregg spoke on addiction services. We were pleased to welcome back to Belfast Drs Roch Cantwell and Ian Jones whose presentations were very well-received. Dr Mary Short gave an insight into mother and infant interactions.
Overall, the feedback was extremely positive with delegates expressing satisfaction with all aspects of the training. Many commented that the training had been an excellent experience and would be of great practical help. It is hoped to host a further training session in the near future.
Faculty of Old Age
The first-ever Northern Ireland Frailty Network Conference, organised by the British Geriatric Society, took place at Mossley Mill on 9 October. The event, which was supported by the PHA, sought to enhance knowledge and understanding of best practice and treatment for frail older people.
Dr Brid Kerrigan, who was present at the event, commented that that there had been a significant interest in the subject given the high numbers in attendance.
She added that, “Speakers had considered the definition of frailty as a ‘long-term condition’ which enables a structured and planned approach to be taken to the management of the condition.”
On 11 October, the Informatics Committee met to discuss the Encompass programme and the Digital Care Forum (DCF), which was to meet later that week. Stephen reported that the College was well-represented at the DCF meeting at which the drive to get mental health letters onto NIECR was also discussed.
“The positive news was that this practice would commence and that letters from the trusts with PARIS were being progressed,” said Stephen.
“The security model around access to mental health records was considered also. However, it was felt that this could be difficult for trainees who may not have been marked clearly as mental health staff - it was agreed that NIMDTA would work with ECR around this.”
“We looked also at apps supportive of patients and shared details of those which had received positive feedback from Patients.”
“We talked also about the Electronic Document Transfer Project and reflected that it would be good if letters from Mental Health services could go to GPS digitally.”
“Finally, we discussed whether it was practical to put detention forms online, as well as automated SMS chat systems. All told, it was a very active and productive meeting.”