Annual Conference 2015

'Advocating for children in a rapidly changing world'

Make sure you’re part of the UK’s largest paediatrics and child health conference in 2015.

Our invigorating programme includes a wide range of symposia and workshops, notable keynote speakers from diverse professional background, updates on key clinical issues, the latest paediatric science and an extensive abstract programme.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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Apr 28 - 30, 2015
International Conference Centre, Broad Street, Birmingham
Day one overview

Theme: Advocating for children through improving health services


Personal Practice Sessions

  • How I manage steroid sensitive nephrotic syndrome, Professor Nicholas Webb
  • Co- morbidity in ASD: diagnostic and treatment difficulties, Dr Khalid Karim
  • Fed up? Caring for children on parenteral nutrition. Views from the coalface; parent, gastroenterologist, dietician and paediatrician, Dr Krishna Soondrum, Lisa Sutton, Tracey Johnson, Dr Caroline Fertleman  
  • Chronic wet cough and non-CF bronchiectasis - diagnosis and management, Dr Siobhan Carr
  • Skin conditions in children and infants: Common problems and misconceptions, Dr Mary Glover

Plenary Session

Keynote speakers:

  • Seizing the day to improve the lives and health of our children and young people, Professor Sir Albert Aynsley Green
  • Integrating child health services, Kath Evans, Head of Patient Experience NHS England
1145-1300 Symposium: Disability Matters: Transforming attitudes to disability
1145-1300 Symposium: Health Promotion for the Paediatrician: Why, what, when and how
1145-1300 Workshop: Spreading improvements in care

1145 - 1300

Workshop: Advanced life support group guiding consensus on paediatric trauma

1145 - 1300

Symposium: What does advocacy actually mean for paediatricians and the College? The next steps - a conversation

1145 - 1300

Workshop: Skills and simulations in paediatric emergencies

1145 - 1300 Collaborating with the RCPCH to set and maintain paediatric standards

1145 - 1300

Royal College of Nursing stream
1) Integrated community services: taking a lead and moving forward
2) Reducing equalities in children's health and health care
1300-1345 Lunch, Trade Exhibition and Poster Viewing
  • Health promotion for the paediatrician: What, what, when and how
  • Developing person centred care - organised by the RCPCH Clinical Standards team and PIMMs
  • Current issues in Child Protection - hosted by Child Protection Special Interest Group
  • The skin as a sign post to the central nervous system - hosted by  British Society of Paediatric Dermatology and British Paediatric Neurology Association
  • Paediatric Emergency Symposium - hosted by Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Neonatal update for all - hosted by British Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • Young Persons Health Special Interest Group
  • Advances in Paediatric Cardiology (An Update for Paediatricians & Neonatologists -  hosted by Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology
  • Learning on the job: are service and training mutually exclusive - hosted by Paediatric Education Special Interest Groups
  • Bone health in disability - hosted by British Academy of Childhood Disability and British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group
  • Skills and Simulations in Paediatric Emergencies

1345 - 1500





1500 - 1645


1700 - 1800

Royal College of Nursing stream



1800-1900 Welcome Drinks Reception
1930 - 2200

Play: Equal opportunities, performed by 'Theze Guyz Theatre Company', Northampton


Day two overview

Theme: International child health advocacy

Personal Practice Sessions
  • Bringing international experience back to the NHS: advocating for children in a global context, Dr Dan Magnus
  • Assessment and investigation of the child with disordered development, Dr Karen Horridge
  • Developing community intervention programmes for obesity, Dr Dilip Nathan
  • CPD: minimising the pain and maximising the benefit’, Dr Carol Roberts
  • Resolving conflict in paediatrics, Ms Sarah Barclay
  • FGM: what does it mean for your pratice, Dr Deborah Hodes

Plenary Session

Keynote Lecture: Ending all preventable child deaths, Justin Forsyth, CEO, Save the Children

Windermere Lecture: Child health: Old and new challenges"? Professor Peter Piot, Director and Professor of Global Health

1130 - 1300 Avoidable mortality in children and young people: translating research into policy and practice
Patient safety: Making it safe for children
College Tutors Session - shape of the future
1130 - 1300

Skills and simulations in paediatric emergencies

1130 - 1300

Promoting child Health in Palestine; a collaboration between  PSP (Pediatric Society Palestine) and RCPCH

1130 - 1300

Using a child rights approach to advocate for women and children globally

1130 - 1300

The future of SAS doctors in ever changing NHS

1130 - 1300

Royal College of Nursing stream

Lunch for Honorary Fellows, Senior Fellows and Senior Members (invitation only)
1300-1345 Lunch, Trade Exhibition and Poster Viewing
1200 - 1330 Honorary Fellows, Senior Fellows and Senior Members Lunch (Invitation only)


  • Child Health History Symposium - hosted by British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Reducing Global Child Deaths: Where Next?, hosted by the International Child Health Group
  •  Current and future challenges in paediatric services - a joint open session hosted by the British Association of General Paediatrics and the Paediatricians in Medical Management Group
  • Multi system diseases in children: Hosted by British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology and British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
  • Just because we can...: hosted by British Paediatric Respiratory Society and Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine and Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine
  • Personalised medicine in oncology, sickle cell advances and management of thrombosis in children: Hosted by UK Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group and British Paediatric Haematology Society





1500 -1645

Royal College of Nursing stream












Symposium: Who do you think you’re talking to? Paediatric Communications symposium 

1400 - 1500: Facilitating effective communication with children, adolescents and parents in a healthcare context, Dr Helen Griffiths, Senior Clinical Psychologists, Oxford Children’s Hospital


1530 - 1615: Paediatric Communications, Dr Kate Hersov, Co-founder and UK CEO, Medikidz


1615 - 1700: China in your hands: how giving ‘health news’ to a child or young person with a life-long condition impacts on their future identity and happiness, Richard piper, CEO, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity


1700 - 1800: Breaking bad news, Dr Sara O’Curry, Paediatric Psychology Network 

China in your hands: how giving ‘health news’ to a child or young person with a life-long condition impacts on their future identity and happiness, Richard piper, CEO, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Chari

1800-1900 Annual General Meeting of the RCPCH
1800 - 1900

Satellite symposium:  The Burden of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Organised by Abbvie Limited

2000-0000 Congress Dinner, Hyatt Hotel


Day three overview

Theme: Advocating through science and research


Personal Practice Sessions 

  • Why should i refer to a paediatric gastroenterologists?, Dr Colin Powell and Professor Huw Jenkins
  • Aches and pains in childhood: common musculoskeletal problems, Dr Clarissa Pilkington
  • Providing advice throughout the paediatric career: are you equipped?’ Dr Camilla Kingdon and Dr Helen Goodyear 
  • How to get a paper published, Dr Mark Beattie 
Clinical Guideline Session 

Plenary Session

Recent advances in the management of nephrotic syndrome: the PREDNOS trial - using the NIHR Clinical Research Network to widen participation of children and paediatricians in research, Professor Nicholas Webb

Future NIHR CRN support for children's research in the NHS, Dr Jonathan Sheffield

1130 - 1300 Medics and the media
Paediatric genomics: diagnosis as the gateway to treatment
1130-1300 Situation awareness for everyone (S.A.F.E)
1130 - 1300 Your career in paediatrics
Research in action: improving care by improving research

What makes a good education and practice article, and how might you write one.


Skills and simulations in paediatric emergencies


Protecting and advocating for children within research

1300-1345 Lunch, Trade Exhibition and Poster Viewing
1345-1800 Trainees Session


  • Allergy Immunology and Infection and Community Child Health Symposium: Hosted by British Paediatric Allergy Immunology and Infection and British Association for Community Child Health
  • IEM, dysmorphology and genomics: Hosted by British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group and Clinical Genetics Group
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nephrology Symposium: Hosted by British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes and British Association for Paediatric Nephrology
  • Public mental health - implications for paediatricians: Hosted by Paediatric Mental Health Association and British Association For Child and Adolescent Public Health
  • George Still Forum
  • Ethics and Law Forum
  • Workshop: Designing Simulation Scenario’s for Maximum Impact
  • Workshop: Skills and Simulations in Paediatric Emergencies



Online registration closes - 23 April

On-site registration opens - 27 April


per day

RCPCH members
Ordinary members, fellows and associate Members

RCPCH members - trainees
/ foundation year

ST1-ST8 grades and FY1 and FY2 doctors

RCPCH members - Affiliate


RCPCH members - SAS


RCPCH members - students

 £ 50
RCPCH senior
Senior fellows, senior members and honorary fellows
 £ 58

without a primary medical qualification - includes allied health professionals


with a primary medical qualification


RCN members


RCN members
Newly qualified nurse (up to 2 years following registration)


RCN members - students

 £ 50



Bus: Local bus services are run by Network West Midlands and Travel WM.

Train: The ICC is served by Birmingham New Street and the smaller Five Ways Station. Both stations are a short walk from The ICC and are also served by taxi ranks. Birmingham New Street has direct and regular services to Birmingham International railway station which serves Birmingham International Airport and the NEC. It has three direct services to London Euston every hour.

Air: Over 50 airlines operate scheduled and charter services to Birmingham International Airport from more than 100 destinations including Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. The airport is 8 miles (13km) from the city centre and is directly linked to Birmingham International railway station via an Airlink Shuttle.

Car: The ICC is in the centre of the city of Birmingham. Directly connected to the UK’s motorway network, visitors from any direction can travel in from the M1, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42. There is secure multi-storey parking available located within the NIA, which is just a short walk away from the ICC.

The International Conference Centre, Birmingham is a world-class venue welcoming around 500 events and over 150,000 delegates each year. Unrivalled experience, a fantastic pedigree and flexible space in a great location enable us to deliver events beyond expectations.

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