Developmental language disorders, young offenders, and reoffending – CAMHS around the Campfire


Event type Informal Journal Club

Live stream, via Zoom as a webinar
17.00 UK, 18.00 CET, 12 noon EST

Dr. Maxine Winstansley

This session focused on Dr. Maxine Winstanley’s JCPP paper first published 14 July 2020. A panel, comprising Dr. Maxine Winstanley, independent expert Dr. Richard Church, and Douglas Badenoch, discussed the research and its implications, and answered questions posed by delegates online, all facilitated by Andre Tomlin (@Mental_Elf).

Recording available from Thursday 4 March

Slides from the session

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Although factors such as adverse family background have been widely examined, little is known about the prevalence or potential impact of developmental language disorder (DLD) on risk of recidivism in young people with history of criminal justice system contact.

About #CAMHScampfire

ACAMH’s vision is to be ‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’, to this end in December 2020 we launched ‘CAMHS around the Campfire’, a free monthly virtual journal club, run in conjunction with André Tomlin. We use #CAMHScampfire on Twitter to amplify the discussion.

Each 1-hour meeting features a new piece of research, which we discuss in an informal journal club session. The focus is on critical appraisal of the research and implications for practice. Primarily targeted at CAMHS practitioners, and researchers, ‘CAMHS around the Campfire’ will be publicly accessible, free to attend, and relevant to a wider audience.

About the panel

Dr. Maxine Winstansley
Dr. Maxine Winstansley

Maxine is a paediatric Speech and Language Therapist who has recent clinical experience focussing on integrating speech and language therapy into psychiatric and forensic services for young people. She has been involved in the development of the MSc Speech and Language Therapy programme and her research concentrates on the prevalence of developmental language disorder and socioemotional difficulties in the young offender population and investigates language competence as a variable with respect to rates of recidivism.

Within the university Maxine was part of a small team responsible for the design and planning of the MSc Speech and Language therapy programme. She will be involved in the delivery of the brand new pre-reg MSc course when it commences in January 2021. As clinical placement co-ordinator for the speech and language therapy programme, she will be responsible for working across the north west with clinical partners to deliver high quality clinical education. She has published in speech and language therapy journals as well as psychology and psychiatry journals.

Maxine is a Speech and Language Therapist with experience as a clinician and a manager working within NHS, educational and forensic contexts. Her clinical expertise is particularly around working with adolescents on secure wards and in the youth justice service where she has experience of developing services and implementing new clinical pathways. Before joining the University of Central Lancashire, Maxine was a lecturer at the University of Manchester with responsibilities for undergraduate teaching on BSc Speech and Language therapy and postgraduate teaching on MRes in Psychological Sciences. She has delivered and designed teaching materials across a range of modules including clinical and professional practice, research methods, clinical linguistics and developmental language disorder. Additionally, she has overseen BSc research projects and been a clinical examiner across a range of modules. Working with youth offending teams her research has profiled the psycholinguistic and socioemotional characteristics of young offenders with and without Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and detail gender differences. In addition, she investigated language competence as a variable with respect to rates of recidivism and severity of crime and her work is the first to study the predictive utility of DLD status for reoffending.

Dr. Richard Church
Dr. Richard Church

Dr. Church studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and undertook general psychiatric training at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in child and adolescent psychiatry on the Maudsley rotation, and then in forensic psychiatry at West London Mental Health NHS Trust, subsequently working as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Lead Clinician in the London Borough of Lambeth.

After working in the NHS for over 15 years, in November 2017 Dr Church joined Cygnet Woking as Medical Director and Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist on Oaktree Ward, a Female Low Secure Unit. He is passionate about quality improvement, recovery and involvement of service users and family in care planning and the delivery of services.

Bio and image via Cygnet Health Care

Dr Church also has longstanding academic interests in offender health, youth justice, safeguarding and medicolegal aspects of forensic psychiatry including fitness to plead, psychiatric defences, risk assessment and risk management. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and serves on a number of national and international boards and committees.

Andre Tomlin
Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He’s worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service. *The Mental Elf is a blogging platform that presents expert summaries of the latest reliable research and disseminates this evidence across social media. They have published thousands of blogs over the last 10 years, written by experts and discussed by patients, practitioners and researchers. This innovative digital platform helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

Bio via The Mental Elf

Douglas Badenoch
Douglas Badenoch

I am an information scientist with an interest in making knowledge from systematic research more accessible to people who need it. This means you. I’ve been attempting this in the area of Evidence-Based Health Care since 1995. So far the results have been mixed. For some reason we expected busy clinicians to search databases and appraise papers instead of seeing patients. We also expected publishers to make the research freely available to the people who paid for it. Ha! Hence The National Elf service.