The Government creates the specialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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New horizons for mental health. The Council of Ministers approved this Tuesday the royal decree creating the title of specialist in Health Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to facilitate the early detection and intervention of mental and neurodevelopmental disorders in the smallest .

This was announced at a press conference by the Minister of Territorial Policy and Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, as a sign of the “clear awareness” about “the importance of mental health and a commitment to the protection of children and young people” in in Executive.

The royal decree, the Ministry of Health has explained, defines the profiles and scope of action of the specialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry and establishes that the training programs will have a minimum duration of 5 years, the first two being common both specialties.

So far an optional training

The new professional path marks differences with what has existed until now. The training of new specialists will take place in the multiprofessional mental health teaching units; In the six months after the entry into force of the Royal Decree, the new training programs for these two specialties will be drawn up.

Before the text approved this Tuesday, training in the field was optionally done by specialists in Psychiatry during the last year through the development of path A and later through professional practice, already as specialists, in clinical units of Child Psychiatry.

But this discretion “has not made it possible to guarantee 100% training of the specialists that the system needs, as will happen, from now on, when specific places in the new specialty are offered,” says Health in a note.

With its creation it is intended to improve the pathways of healthy psychological development from early childhood, promoting the early detection and intervention of mental and neurodevelopmental disorders including toxic addictive disorders, pathological gambling, video games, internet).

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It will also have an impact on reducing overuse of emergency services and the number of hospital admissions and will reduce “mental health problems for girls, boys and adolescents, facilitating family, social, educational and work integration.”

The new specialty also aims to optimize the use of psychotropic drugs, limiting their use to when the drug is necessary and promoting the use of non-pharmacological therapeutic techniques.

It will reduce “the mental health problems of girls, boys and adolescents, facilitating family, social, educational and work integration.” Isabel Rodríguez, Government spokesperson

In this way, the Government “attends to the increase in cases of mental health problems, both in adults, children and adolescents” as a consequence of the pandemic and also complies with the recommendations of the Comprehensive Mental Health Plan 2013 -2020 of the WHO.

The royal decree creates two new advisory bodies, the first, the National Commission for the Specialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which must be constituted within 3 months.

The second is the Delegated Committee of Psychiatry of the National Council of Specialties in Health Sciences, made up of four members of the national commissions of the two specialties, and which will have to be constituted within a period of one month from the constitution of the previous one.

Likewise, the text establishes the requirements to be met by the members of the first National Commission of the Specialty of Psychiatry and Adolescence and the extraordinary procedure by which they will be awarded the title of the new specialty.

In the same way, it regulates the extraordinary access procedure, terms and requirements of the same to the title of specialist in Psychiatry and Adolescence, both by direct access, through accreditation of the training path or by extraordinary access of specialists in Pediatrics and their areas specific.

This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.


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