Paediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness among GPs of paediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.

Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children and young people with paediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome have access to (a) NHS treatment and (b) education opportunities.

Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to tackle the misdiagnosis of paediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We recognise that more research is necessary to understand the multiple factors leading to paediatric acute-onset childhood neuropsychiatric symptoms and how best to raise awareness among general practitioners on how to diagnose this condition and support affected children and their families.

General practitioners are responsible for ensuring their own clinical knowledge remains up-to-date and for identifying learning needs as part of their continuing professional development. This includes taking account of new research and guidance. Training on paediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome is included in the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health curriculum.

Children with these conditions should be offered the evidence-based treatments for their physical and psychiatric symptoms in line with national guidance and with the involvement of multidisciplinary teams. Accessing education opportunities is a matter for the Department for Education.

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