Annual Conference 2016

Reserve your place at the RCPCH Annual Conference

Where paediatricians and child health professionals come together to share good practice, discuss the latest in key clinical issues and discover cutting edge paediatric research.

The theme for this year's event is Working together across boundaries. As a delegate, you will enjoy access to a top line-up of speakers, great networking opportunities and a choice of sessions so you can create the conference that's right for you.

We look forward to being joined by the Royal College of Nursing once again; their Children and Young People Nursing Conference will sit alongside our own event for the first two days.

Apr 26 - 28, 2016
ACC, Liverpool
Day one overview

Theme: Working with children and their families across the boundaries of care

0800 – 0855  Personal Practice Sessions

  • End of Life Care, Dr Joe Brierley
  • Foundations of Patient safety, Professor Derek Burke
  • Brain tumours – diagnosis, management and challenges, Professor David Walker
  • Current trends on the management of obesity, Dr Billy White
  • Helping families to trouble-shoot behaviour, Dr Max Davie
  • Paediatric Critical Care Network - Not just transport to include transport, advice, service, education/training and regional guidelines, Dr Kate Parkins

0855 – 0905 Welcome, Professor Neena Modi, RCPCH President
0905 – 0910 Welcome, Youth Advisory Panel, RCPCH
0910 – 0940 Keynote Lecture: Working with doctors for patients across boundaries of care, Professor Terence Stephenson
0940 – 0955 Day-to day variations in acute medical paediatric admissions and outcomes - a whole population study, Dr Steve Turner
0955 – 1010 Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Failure in children younger than 5 years old in England and Wales, 20016-14, Dr Godwin Oligbu
1010 – 1025 Group B Streptococcal (GBS) disease in UK and Irish infants younger than 90 days, 2014-2015, Dr Catherine O'Sullivan
1025 – 1055  Keynote Lecture: Three parent families: how mitochondrial donation was brought to practice through public engagement, Professor Doug Turnbull
1055 - 1105   Vice-President's update

1105 – 1140  COFFEE BREAK and Poster Viewing

1145 - 1300 Workshops

  • Press, politics and child health: advocating across the 4-nations 
  • APLS 6th edition: the practical approach to paediatric emergencies
  • Paediatric Care Online: a new point-of-care resource
  • Skills and simulations in paediatric emergencies
  • How to guide: meaningful engagement with children, young people and families
  • To play or GA? Organised by the The national association of health play specialists (NAHPS)
  • PICH and learning together
  • Help my patient has an AKI alert!
  • Using Clinical Audits to Drive Quality Improvement

1345 – 1800 Workshops and Symposiums

  • British Paediatric Haematology Society and UK Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
  • British Paediatric Allergy Immunology and Infection and British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
  • Paediatric Education Special Interest Groups and Paediatric Mental Health Association
  • British Paediatric Neurology Association and  British Academy of Childhood Disability
  • Ethics and Law Forum and Young Persons Health Special Interest Group
  • Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology
  • Quality improvement in child health: The six domains of healthcare quality
  • Paediatricians in Medical Management
Day two overview

Theme: Working with partners to improve global child health

0800 – 0855 Personal Practice Sessions

  • Recognising and managing conflicts between families and health professionals - a practical approach, Sarah Barclay  
  • Working internationally as a trainee, consultant and upon retirement, Dr Mark Lee, Dr Bhanu Williams and Dr Jean Bowyer
  • Female genital mutilation: what every paediatrician should know, Dr Deborah Hodes
  • Managing the dying patient, Dr Richard Hain
  • Foundations of Quality Improvement, Dr Yincent Tse

0800 – 0900 Clinical Guideline Session
0800 – 0845 CMF Breakfast  

0900-1100 Plenary Session

0900 - 0930    Windermere Lecture: The scientific basis of international stratagems required to combat obesity in infancy and childhood, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
0930 - 0945   The Health of Unaccompanied Minors in the UK: Trends, Needs and Ways Forward, Ms Christine Cassar
0945 – 1000   Multiple micronutrient supplementation in pregnancy and long-term health outcomes in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Dr Delan Devakumar  
1000 - 1015    Comparison of children testing negative and positive for Ebola virus disease in Ebola holding units, Sierra Leone, Dr Felicity Fitzgerald
1015 - 1045    Keynote Lecture: Turning the world upside down: Implementing lessons from low resource settings in the NHS, Lord Nigel Crisp
1045 - 1100    Presentations for the Honorary Fellows and Visiting Fellows

1100 - 1140  COFFEE/TEA BREAK and Poster Viewing

1145 - 1300 Workshops

  • Developing your career and those around you
  • Overcoming personal and professional challenges of working in stressful environments
  • Clinical leads – making the most of your college
  • Engaging with families about medicines: using the experiences of a year of Meds IQ
  • Skills and simulations in paediatric emergencies
  • An approach to common skin problems in general paediatrics
  • Advocating for child health in the new SDG era

1200 - 1330  Honorary Fellows, Senior Fellows and Senior Members lunch (Invitation only)

1345 – 1800 Workshops and Symposiums

  • Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology and British Society of Paediatric Dermatology
  • International Child Health Group
  • British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Child Protection Special Interest Group
  • British Association For Child and Adolescent Public Health and British Association of General Paediatrics
  • Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group
  • BPSU symposium

1600 - 1730   SAS session

1730 – 1900  Annual General Meeting of the RCPCH

1930 – 0000 Congress Dinner, The Titanic Hotel and Rum Warehouse

Day three overview

Theme: Working together to understand the health and wellbeing of children

0800 – 0855 Personal Practice Sessions

  • How to get a paper published, Dr Mark Beattie
  • Developments in paediatric transfusion practice, Dr Sarah Morley
  • To EEG or not EEG, that is the question, Dr Richard Appleton
  • The dietetic management of non-IgE mediated food allergy, Dr Rosan Meyer
  • Everything you wanted to know about Paediatric Radiology but were afraid to ask, Dr Caren Landes

0800 – 0900 Clinical Guideline Session: How to apply guidelines and standards to clinical practice  

0900-1100  Plenary Session

0900 - 0930    Keynote Lecture: Back to school: Challenges and rewards of engaging young children in scientific research, Professor Janet Stocks
0930 - 0945    Can we predict the severity of cornonary artery changes in the BPSU survey of Kawasaki disease from the phenotypic presentation? Dr K Brown
0945 – 1000   Neurodevelopmental outcome in very preterm infants randomised to receive two different parenteral nutrition regimes: the SCAMP nutrition study, Dr M Tan 
1000 - 1015    Early Identification of Risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review of Biomarkers of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, Mrs Cheryl McQuire
1015 - 1045    Keynote Lecture: From base change to better care in paediatrics diabetes, Professor Andrew Hattersley
1045 – 1100   Prize presentations
1105 - 1140 COFFEE/TEA BREAK and Poster Viewing

1145 - 1300 Workshops

  • Mentoring: developing skills to support paediatric careers / RCPCH mentoring scheme: what’s new?
  • Social media: for cynics and champions
  • Shape of the future: reviewing the paediatric training curriculum
  • Writing for Education and Practice edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood
  • Situation Awareness for Everyone (S.A.F.E): past, present and future
  • Skills and simulations in paediatric emergencies
  • Child health promotion: why? what? when? and how to make every contact count
  • Aspiring Paediatricians - a session for students and foundation doctors
  • Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) and kids - a UK research playground worth exploring in?

1345 – 1800 Workshops and Symposiums

  • British Association for Paediatric Nephrology and British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group
  • British Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • Clinical Genetics Group and British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes
  • Paediatric Intensive Care Society, British Paediatric Respiratory Society and Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine
  • Trainee’s Session
  • British Association for Community Child Health and British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group
  • Debriefing clinical and simulated events: iTrust, a practical approach

1500 – 1530 COFFEE BREAK and Poster Viewing

Social events overview

Welcome drinks

Tuesday 5:30 pm - 7 pm | ACC, Exhibition arena

Conference dinner

Wednesday 7:30 pm – midnight | Titanic Liverpool Hotel / Rum Warehouse

Book your space

RCPCH dinner at the 2015 Annual Conference - Dr Andrew Long meeting delegates    RCPCH dinner at the 2015 Annual Conference - delegates

Images from the 2015 conference dinner

A historical and architectural walking tour of Liverpool

Delegates will have the opportunity to go on a free unofficial walking tour of Liverpool on Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th April.The walks will take approximately 90 minutes and will be leaving twice a day. If you would like to register your interest for one of these walks, or for further details, please email Jo at Tickets will also be available on the day from the information desk in the College registration area. 


Book your place at the UK’s biggest and most exciting paediatrics and child health conference. Take advantage of the early bird reduced registration fee by booking before the discount closes on 26 February 2016.

Categories (including RCPCH and RCN members)            

Early bird rate (per day)

RCPCH Member
Ordinary members, fellows and associate Members


RCPCH Member - Trainee
ST1-ST8 grades and FY1 and FY2 Doctors

 £ 99

RCPCH Member - SAS
Staff, Associate Specialist Doctors / Specialty Doctors

 £ 99

RCPCH Member - Affiliate
Nurses, Midwives, and all other allied health professionals

 £ 99

RCPCH Student Member

 £ 50

RCPCH Senior Member
Senior Fellows, Senior Members and Honorary Fellows

 £ 58

without a primary medical qualification - includes allied health professionals


with a primary medical qualification


RCN Member
Nurses, Midwives & Health Visitors (RCN Members)

 £ 99

RCN Student Member

 £ 50



Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP

ACC Liverpool is a striking, award-winning venue located on the Liverpool waterfront next to the Albert Dock. Liverpool is a vibrant, modern city, proud of its rich heritage and renowned for its friendly people.

The venue is easily accessible via rail, road and air. It's is a short taxi or bus ride away from Liverpool Lime Street station and its direct services to London that take little over two hours. There is ample parking and accommodation onsite.

Directions by car, rail, bus or air


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