Across London, paediatric trainees and trainers are focusing on Adolescent Medicine. Here are some ideas to think about.
Adolescents pose different challenges for health care systems and professionals from children and adults. They have rapidly evolving physical, intellectual and emotional development. Consider how to make services adolescent-friendly. A good example is The Well Centre, in Streatham, which runs a drop-in services with, youth workers, doctors and counsellors under one roof. Consider transition of adolescents with chronic illness to adult services. Social media and Skype have been used to keep young diabetics engaged with services.
Curriculum: here are specific RCPCH curriculum points that mention adolescents.
- have developed effective consultation skills and strategies with babies, young children, adolescents and their families
- have developed skills to help prevent disruptive or antisocial behaviour in children, families and adolescents in clinical settings and to respond to them if they occur
- know about the multi-disciplinary nature of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and be able to apply this knowledge in discussion of cases
- understand the ways in which children’s or young people’s mental health difficulties may present in infancy, childhood and adolescence
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