The Children & Young People’s Health Partnership (CYPHP) lead clinicians Dr Anto Ingrassia (Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist) and Dr Stephanie Lamb (GP Partner, Herne Hill Group Practice) were keynote speakers at the IMPARTS Seminar: Growing Up with Mental and Physical Health Problems on the 14th March 2018. The IMPARTS seminar series provides a forum to present and discuss issues about mental and physical health with clinicians and researchers from across King’s Health Partners.
Did you know?
1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder (Green, H. et al. 2005, Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain, 2004, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.)
A 2012 report by The King’s Fund found that 30% of people with a long-term physical health problem also had a mental health problem, and 46% of people with a mental health problem also had a long-term physical health problem (Naylor, C., et al. 2012, Long term conditions and mental health – the cost of co-morbidities. The King’s Fund and Centre for Mental Health).
What was discussed?
Anto introduced CYPHP’s work with families in Lambeth and Southwark and the benefits of integrating mental and physical healthcare. A more integrated approach across systems and organisations is crucial in tackling poor health outcomes for children, and in ensuring that children are cared for in the context of their families, schools, and communities.
Steph talked about the importance of adolescent health and her work at the Well Centre – a youth health centre where the services of a youth worker, doctor, and mental health professional are provided under one roof. Together they provide an integrated holistic “one-stop shop” service, and access to a range of support from physical and emotional wellbeing through to practical issues.
CYPHP is aiming to develop and deliver free training packages to professionals working with children within and outside healthcare, focussing on the interface between physical, mental health, and social needs to promote the development of joined up care centred on children, young people, and their families. If you would like more information, please contact or