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General Paediatrics – Adolescent Medicine

  • Date: Wednesday 19th June 2019 from 2.00-5.00 pm (Coffee & Registration from 1.30 pm)
  • Venue: Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC), Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester, M15 6FH
  • Members £0.00
  • Non Members £

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Members – email to reserve place.

Non-Members must complete booking form and send with payment of £25.00 (made payable to Manchester Paediatric Club)

1.30 pm
Registration and Coffee

Chair: Dr Clare Murray

2.00 pm
Hot topics in Adolescent health (5×5)
Dr Damian Wood, Consultant Paediatrician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

An update on Hot Topics in Adolescent Health (including mental health, sleep, problematic interactive media use, transgender care, eating disorders, PCOS and substance misuse)

Learning objectives:
• Know about some of the current research, controversy and clinical challenges in adolescent health
• Understand the developmental and multi-disciplinary approach to young people’s healthcare across a range of health problems and settings
• Understand the role of psychosocial assessment, health promotion and safeguarding in the care of young people across a range of health problems and settings

2.30 pm
The adult medicine perspective of provision for developmentally appropriate health for young people
Professor Steve Ball, Honorary Professor of Medicine & Endocrinology, University of Manchester NHS FT

The transition from childhood to adulthood is a key life stage. While the time course of the bio-psycho-social development of young people is continuous, many of the health and social care services with which they may be involved have relatively fixed, rigid structures. This can be challenging for young adults: leading to a sense of marginalisation and alienation. Young people with long term health or social care needs and who require on-going support as they exit childhood are often further challenged by the requirement to move from a children’s service (with which they are familiar) to an adult service: one requiring new relationships and with differing expectations.
Evidence supports the view that young people may be lost in the gap between children’s and adult services, with a negative impact on longer-term health. Good practice in ‘transitional’ care (‘a multi-faceted, active process that attends to the medical, psychological and educational/vocational needs of adolescents as they move from child to adult-centred care’, Blum 1993) can improve engagement and result in positive longer-term outcomes. Developmentally appropriate services recognise young people as a distinct group, subject to constantly changing circumstances. This model considers the young person as a whole: addressing their biological, psychological and social development in the broadest terms. Critically, the approach supports the young person to take an active role in the processes with which they are involved. While developmentally appropriate care and ‘transition’ are not equivalent, a developmentally appropriate approach to transition has clear benefits: seeing the process as being outcome and skills-based, rather than time-based.
Adolescence and early adulthood are times when life-long health behaviours are set in place; good health for young people is a foundation for good health in later life. There is a need to invest in age appropriate health promotion and youth-friendly health services if we are truly committed to improving young people’s health outcomes and the health of the adult population they will go on to form. There is an opportunity to develop and sustain a generational shift in health literacy and health-related behaviours: a real legacy; and an investment in the future.

Learning objectives:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the structural and process obstacles to the delivery of age appropriate services across health and social care
  • Knowledge and understanding of partnership approaches to the delivery of age appropriate care
  • Knowledge and understanding of the national and local initiatives to support age appropriate services for young people

3.00 pm

3.20 pm
Adolescent mental health for paediatricians
Dr Louise Theodosiou, Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist, Manchester University NHS FT

3.50 pm
Young people’s health and wellbeing – the Greater Manchester Perspective
Dr Carol Ewing, Consultant Paediatrician, Manchester University NHS FT; Clinical Adviser, Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network

Elizabeth Harding, Chief Executive, Youth Focus North West


Dr Ewing will set the scene with respect to how young people’s experience can influence and improve their health care and health services through raising awareness of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child legislation and by using national standards.  Dr Ewing will describe the Greater Manchester Child Health and Wellbeing Framework and how the architecture of Devolution has provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop and implement an integrated approach to meet the needs of children and young people across health and other sectors.  She will also emphasise the role of the young people’s voice in the governance arrangements.

Miss Harding will describe how the engagement and feedback of young people, in a variety of ways, has influenced the design of the Framework and its objectives and how a Charter is being developed.

Learning objectives:

  1. Raising awareness of young people’s rights, the legislative framework and how standards and outcome measures can be used.
  2. Understanding the Greater Manchester Child Health and Wellbeing Framework and its objectives.
  3. How young people have engaged and feedback to help design the Framework, and the development of a Children and Young People’s Charter.

4.20 pm
Training in Adolescent Health in 2019
Dr Janet McDonagh, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology, University of Manchester

Learning objectives:

  • To demonstrate the need to improve training opportunities in adolescent health
  • To signpost training opportunities and readily available resources for teachers and trainers

4.35 pm

We are grateful to Alk-Abello Ltd & Provenca for supporting this meeting