Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

The Child and Adolescent Faculty has a membership of around 300 psychiatrists across Scotland.

Our executive meets four or five times per year. We also hold an AGM in association with an Academic Conference in November.

Current issues under discussion include:

  • Resourcing and Manpower
  • Inpatient Adolescent Services
  • Transitions to Adult Services

Should you wish to view previous Executive or AGM Minutes please contact Susan Richardson.

If you are a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and would like to raise any issue, please do not hesitate to contact the current Chair or Vice Chair:

Chair: Dr Helen Smith (Tel: 01292 615931)

Vice Chair: Dr Ereni Skouta (contact details to follow)

Faculty Conference 2020

This year's event was the first RCPsych in Scotland online conference with interesting presentations from Dr Ming Lim, Dr Ruairidh McKay and Professor Tamsin Ford.  Please see their slides as below for your information and reference.

PANS & PANDAS - Assessment and Treatment: Dr Ming Lim

PANS & PANDAS - Assessment and Treatment: Dr Ruairidh McKay

Epidemiology in CAMHS results from the National Survey: Professor Tamsin Ford

The Scottish Faculty's AGM also took place during the annual conference.  Please view the outgoing Chair's Report here


Message from the Scottish Faculty Chair - Working in the time of COVID-19 "I'm not loving it"

I’m writing this while wearing surgical scrubs. The last time I wore them was when I worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the 1990’s. This was not a post I relished, pipped only by my stint in a gherkin factory in Hamburg one rainy summer, on the list of all time least favourite work. This was for a variety of reasons, but the main ones were the 1 in 4 rota with a lively labour ward at night and working in a gynae clinic packed full of mostly unhappy women. They were not best served by 10 minutes of a solely biological approach to their difficulties. Happily my next post was in psychiatry where I was encouraged to spend time with patients and to think about them holistically which suited me a whole lot better.

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Message from the Scottish Faculty Chair - COVID-19 Guidance

I hope you are keeping well and wanted to share resources and seek your feedback about our annual meeting. I also wanted to bring some things to your attention. It's been an extraordinary few weeks and many of us have been asked to radically change how we carry out our clinical work. Along with anxiety about the health of our loved ones, patients, colleagues and ourselves, we have been dealing with home life being transformed by children being off school, partners working from home and vulnerable relatives in social isolation. Technology has become our friend and being a slow adopter, I have been really impressed with options which have allowed me to review our patients in their homes and have virtual meetings with colleagues and can see COVID-19 pandemic as leaving us with at least one helpful legacy for our work.

  • Please view guidance for children and young people and those caring for them about COVID-19 and how to help those who might be more vulnerable which was developed with colleagues from different agencies.
  • Before the pandemic there were gaps in the Scottish CAMHS medical workforce and if colleagues who retired during the past 3 years are willing and able to support services, please contact your local Clinical Director or Lead Clinician to discuss this.
  • We are needing 2 External Advisors for Consultant appointment committees, preferably from the North of Scotland. Contact Angela Currie at the College if you are interested.
  • It would be difficult to organise an annual academic meeting as usual for this November, but Dr Helen Smith, our Academic Secretary and I were wondering if we should try to set up a meeting and dinner at the end of the year for us to come together and reflect on the year, lessons learned and the state of child and adolescent psychiatry in Scotland after COVID-19. Please get in touch with Susan Richardson to let us know if there would be interest in this.
  • Finally, we will be more aware than most that many families with children or adults with neuro-developmental conditions including Learning Disability and mental health disorders will be having a tough time of it. If you or some under utilised young people in your house or community are interested in supporting vulnerable people in your community, you might find the "Viral Kindness" flyer of use.

Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme Board

This is jointly chaired by the Scottish Government and COSLA and will run up to the end of 2020. It has replaced the Children and Young People's Mental Health Taskforce which was chaired by Dr. Dame Denise Coia who very sadly passed away in early 2020, leaving behind a huge legacy. 

The Programme Board is focusing on 4 strands of work regarding children and young people's mental health (universal services, community based support, specialist CAMHS and neurodevelopmental pathways) and is supported by work improving data collection, developing a digital platform for resources and services, workforce development, crisis services and improving the interface between CAMHS and primary care.

Further information can be found here or by contacting Elaine Lockhart.

Annual Conference and AGM 2019

Please see available presentations from the conference:-

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