St David's Day Conference
28 February 2013, Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff
This is an educational event to inspire trainee doctors to undertake research and help ingrain research within their careers. Members of our Youth Advisory Panel will be advocating for improved child health research at this event.
'Over the past decade we have seen organisations striving to involve the public and patients in research but there really needs to be a bigger push. We need to use this initiative as a major driving force to make changes to the way research is conducted, to make it more effective and doing what we can to ensure the lives of future generations benefit from research we conduct now. Research is a shining beacon of hope for all and we need to ensure that light shines ever brighter.' Thines (RCPCH Youth Advisory Panel member)
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London Tertiary Paediatrics Project
Involving Children and Young People in Health Services
9th Council of Europe Conference of Health Ministers
My Right to the Highest Standard of Health
UNCRC: Training Event
UNCRC: Twentieth Anniversary Event
The London Tertiary Paediatrics Project, led by the NHS London Specialised Commissioning Group (LSCG), is working in collaboration with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) to ensure the safe, ethical and meaningful participation of children, young people and parents/carers throughout the project.
The first patient/carer stakeholder event: ‘Engage. Inform. Advise’ was hosted on 23 April 2012, at the Ambassadors Hotel, London. The event brought together 56 delegates, including parents/carers and key officials from RCPCH and LSCG. The event proved to be a great success, was highly informative and provided an invaluable platform for parents/carers and young people to begin shaping their engagement in the London Tertiary Paediatrics Project.
- Ellie, a member of our Youth Advisory Panel, attended the event. Read her account here.
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The RCPCH hosted a launch event for(PDF, 758KB, 20 pages), a report arguing that children should be at the heart of decisions and plans related to NHS reforms.
Professor Terence Stephenson, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, addressed the 9th Council of Europe Conference Health Ministers in Lisbon, Portugal.
Working Session III, fostering children’s participation for child-friendly healthcare: 'Nothing about us without us!'
Professor Stephenson delivered a powerful presentation looking back at the history of young people's experience of the healthcare system in Europe, and the dramatic changes witnessed over the years.
The great strides Europe has made in child healthcare were illustrated with the example that fifty years ago '[hospital] visits were limited to 30 minutes, once per day, and often through a glass partition,' whereas now 'children and young people influence service design, speak out about issues of concern, engage in their healthcare treatment and actively influence child health research and policy.'
However, Professor Stephenson reminded us that 'we still have a long journey ahead to ensure that all children and young people experience high-quality healthcare.'
Un niño sano en un mundo mejor (a healthy child in a better world)
The Council issued a(PDF, 150KB, 3 pages), which will be adopted by the health ministers across the 47 member states.
‘We, the Ministers responsible for health in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, believe that investment in children’s health and well-being ensures better outcomes for the entire lifespan.’
My Right to the Highest Standard of Health is a flagship policy conference, advocating the transformation that is urgently needed to ensure the best health outcomes for every child and young person.
The RCPCH was delighted to host this innovative event in Wales and thank all our presenters for their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to children and young people.
For more pictures of the event, scroll down to 'past events' on the RCPCH Wales Events page.
On 2 December 2010, the College hosted an interactive and stimulating training event exploring how the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is relevant to paediatrics, the College and its committees.
Read more about the UNCRC.
RCPCH marked the twentieth anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Professor Terence Stephenson, RCPCH President, welcomed guest speakers:
- Alex Willsher - RCPCH Youth Advisory Panel Member
- Geraldine Van Bueren - Professor of International Human Rights Law
- Sir Al Aynsley Green - Children's Commissioner for England
- Peter Newell - Coordinator of the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children and of the Children are Unbeatable! Alliance
- Camila Batmanghelidjh - Chief Executive, Kids Company.
Their presentations were a tapestry of the past, present and future achievements and challenges presented by the UNCRC, and in particular within the context of paediatrics and child health. Alison Holt, BBC Social Affairs Correspondent, hosted a thought provoking question time panel before guests attended a range of workshops led by young people and paediatricians.
For a full report on the event, visit Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
Read more about the UNCRC.
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