Tag Archives: psychology

March 2021

Digging deep into safeguarding again this month with thanks to Nicci Wotton, head of safeguarding at Imperial, London, UK.  A reminder of useful apps for our young patients and pointers to documents that govern our safeguarding responsibilities in the UK and internationally.  Do leave comments below.

February 2021 newsletter

An emphasis on children’s psychological support this month, particularly around bereavement during Covid. A couple of useful links to PIMS-TS information for GPs and families, a bit more on bites with a safeguarding slant and what to do with constipation when Movicol is not the answer.

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December 2020 PDF

Raised intracranial pressure on the front line this month, menorrhagia in adolescents, psychological first aid and some normal reference values for children from Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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Psychological First Aid (PFA)

With thanks to Dr Isabel Wilson, paediatric registrar with experience of working with refugees and internally displaced people in southern Europe.

“Humane, supportive and practical assistance to fellow human beings who recently suffered a serious stressor.” We can all practice PFA.
The 8 core actions of PFA and tips for acute stabilisation of a distressed person

Public Health England has developed a course on PFA in Covid-19.  Almost 100,000 people have already signed up to learn how to give practical and emotional support to individuals traumatised by their experience of lockdown or Covid-19 itself.  Sign up at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/psychological-first-aid-covid-19 

November 2020 Safeguarding PDF

More safeguarding this month from Dr Jackie Driscoll.  Modern Slavery, Child Trafficking, County Lines and Prevent.  Packed full with everything you need to know and links to more resources.

October 2020 PDF

Testicular torsion this month – a surgical emergency with good outcomes if operated on less than 6 hours since the pain started.

Also, links to helpful health and well being websites for young people and to good ECG CPD for psychiatrists and GPs.  A bit more on ADHD and a round up of neck lumps in infants, assessment and management.

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September 2020

Safeguarding issue again this month.  Round up of CPD resources and a reminder of how much demonstrable child safeguarding CPD health professionals have to do per 3 year cycle.  Also some support groups for your patients and a quiz on social media sites – in case you thought you were ahead of the game…

Social media icon quiz

From left to right: Dubsmash (high risk of bullying), Snapchat (overall safety rating – average), Smule (official age rating 13+), We chat (high risk sexual and bullying), Twitch (“it’s hard to censor because it’s live”), YouTube (“people write mean things in the comments on videos”).  Follow the links to read about each site’s safety profile and find out what kind of thing your own children and your young patients are using the individual sites for.

Social media sites are here to stay and preventing children having access to them is not likely to be a successful parental pastime.  https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ is an O2 and NSPCC project which looks at the safety of social media sites and gives parents tips on how to protect their children while they are using them.

August 2020 PDF

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) by Alex Argyropoulos this month: risk, recognition and management.  Surgical update on hernias, the difficulties of wearing masks for people who stutter and a helping hand from Harry the Hound for children worried about going back to school after covid.

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July 2020

Safeguarding again this monthYouth Violence Commission final report, sweets laced with cannabis oil, trauma-informed care and links to 2 excellent sites demonstrating disparity and deprivation through images.  Do leave comments below.