Child Mental Health

A developing sub-specialty within paediatrics, which the focus of, simply put, is the emotional well-being and mental health of paediatric patients.

What makes a Child Mental Health Paediatrician?

A Child Mental Health Paediatrician is a doctor who has expertise in promoting mental wellbeing, "parity of esteem" and working with children and families with mental health difficulties.

This includes children with somatisation and complex presentations, behavioural challenges, neurodevelopmental disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety and other mental health presentations.

They have a thorough knowledge of theoretical aspects of mental health, including psychological, social and neurobiological aspects , and apply it in a clinical and advisory capacity. They can use the bio-psycho- social model and know the range of psychotherapeutic approaches within the multidisciplinary team.

They are involved in developing formulations, managing complex cases and liaising with other mental health specialists, paediatric subspecialists and local teams in order to enhance holistic care. They can provide specialist regional advice in complex cases.

Curriculum documents

Child Mental Health Curriculum (PDF, 2.21MB, 172 pages)

Child Mental Health Guidance (MS Doc, 91KB, 4 pages)

Child Mental Health Further Assessment Guidance (PDF, 214 KB, 3 pages)

Child Mental Health CSAC members

Chair  Dr Emma Blake
Training Advisor/ Assessment Advisor  Dr Bo Fischer 
Training Advisor/ Quality Advisor  Dr Inyang Takon 
Co-Opted Member - Child Psychiatry Rep  Dr Mary Evans 

Related link

Royal College of Psychiatrists: