RCPCH Conference

The RCPCH Conference returns to Glasgow from 13-15 March 2018 for what promises to be an energising three days of inspirational talks, informative workshops and exclusive networking opportunities. The theme for the conference is ‘Children First – Ethics, Morality and Advocacy in Childhood’ and there will be a selection of workshops and talks taking place throughout three days that will explore this crucial area.

The packed and CPD approved conference programme will offer great learning opportunities with a wide choice of sessions allowing delegates to plan the conference to suit their interests.

Snapshot of conference programme (PDF)

Book your place to enjoy all that the RCPCH Conference and the city of Glasgow has to offer.


Mar 13 - 15, 2018
SEC, Glasgow
Day one overview

Tuesday 13 March 

Personal Practice sessions
0800-0855 How to manage CFS/ME, fatigue and pain in children, Professor Esther Crawley Getting to grips with the RCPCH Progress curriculum, Dr Rachael Mitchell
  Community respiratory physiotherapy for children with disabilities: Making it happen, Dr Toni Wolff, Dr David Thomas, Moira Flanigan Smoking cessation in respiratory clinic, Mrs Mira Osinibi
  Difficult to treat headache disorders, Dr Ishaq Abu-Arafeh and Dr Prab Prabhakar Improving supervision in the workplace with Teaching Bytes, Dr Shouja Alam
  How to run multi-centre clinical trails, Dr Colin Powell FASD – truly rare, or rarely recognised? Dr Christopher Steer and Dr Neil Aiton
0900-0905 Welcome, Professor Neena Modi
0905-0920 Welcome, Children and Young People, RCPCH &Us Network
0920-0950 'Putting a child first: the paramountcy of best interests and parental rights', Professor David Archard, Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Professor of Philosophy at the School of History, Anthropology, Philoophy and Politics at Queen's University Belfast  (Keynote 1)
0950-1005 Impact of austerity on families with disabled children in Europe, Dr Karen Horridge (Abstract presentation)
1005-1020 Pattern of delays in seeking legal judgements to withdraw life-sustaining therapy,Dr Stephen Playfor (Abstract presentation)
1020-1035 Sleep for Your Own Health: A Pan-UK Survey on Paediatricians’ Experience of Sleep Around Shift Work, Dr Cherry Alviani (Abstract presentation)
1035-1105 Children in the 21st century, Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London (Keynote 2)
1135-1300 Is population evidence relevant for the patient in front of me? Dr Patrick Davies The role of systematic family work in the management of children with severe medically unexplained symptoms, Dr Joanne Holmes
  UK Aspiring Paediatricians (UKAPS) session, including final of the Tony Jackson prize 2018 Recognising neuromuscular disorders in children – a practical approach, Dr Henriette Van Ruiten and Dr Michaela Guglieri
  Press, Politics and paediatricians: Campaigning for child health across the UK, RCPCH Media and External Affairs Team Getting comfortable with mental health in acute paediatrics, Dr Katya Certic and Dr Claire Miller
  Your uncharted territory: navigating medical career transitions from appointment to retirement, Dr Amanda Goldstein, Dr Helen Goodyear and Dr Camilla Kingdon Navigating academic training pathways using an Academic Toolkit, Dr Emily Cottrell, Dr Hanna Lythgoe and Professor Anne Greenough

OMG: Social media, Scandal, Sick children & Staff Survival...
Dr Joe Brierley, Dr Ranjana Das and Marianne Rutt

Special Interest Groups  
1400 -1745 British Association for Paediatric Nephrology and Paediatric Intensive Care Society Paediatricians in Medical Management

British Paediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infection Group

British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group and British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  Association of General Paediatrics and Paediatric Mental Health Association Young Person's Health Special Interests Group
  Trainees session British Association of Paediatricians of Indian Origin 'Hot Topics'

The International Network of Paediatric Surveillance Units

The International Network of Paediatric Surveillance Units (INOPSU) is due to hold its biennial meeting at the RCPCH Conference on 13 March 2018.

The meeting will provide a unique opportunity to explore paediatric rare disease surveillance and its global impact on public health and clinical practice. The latest scientific data will be presented from world-leading clinicians, scientists and policy-makers, and presentations will consider the central role paediatric surveillance has played in the identification of emerging infectious diseases addressing infectious disease and other conditions.

Simulations in Paediatric Emergencies

These popular sessions, run by Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) and Resuscitation Council (UK) will be running again over all three days of Conference 2018. The timetable for these sessions will be announced in due course.   

12:00 - 13:00 x x
14:00 - 15:00 x x
15:15 - 16:15 x x
16:30 - 17:30  x  x



Day two overview

Wednesday 14 March

Personal Practice Sessions  
0800-0855 Social Media, is it child's play? Dr Damian Roland Feed Induced Dystonia: Treatments and Future Directions, Dr David Campbell
  How to include global child health in your paediatric career, Mr Marcus Wooton Nocturnal enuresis - benign condition or sleeping tiger? Mrs June Rogers
  Annual Paediatric Dermatology Workshop, Dr Karolina Gholam  
0900-0930 Global governance for child health and sustainable development’, Professor Anthony Costello, Director, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA), World Health Organisation (Keynote 1)
0930-0945 Adverse experiences of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking children and the impact on their emotional wellbeing and mental health needs, Dr Marylyn Emedo (Abstract presentation)
0945-1000 Horizontal Schools-Based Health Programme in Rural Kenya: HealthStart, Dr James Bogie (Abstract presentation) 
1000-1015 Do children really die from ‘flu? National surveillance for influenza related severe complications in Australian children, Professor Yvonne Zurynski (Abstract presentation)
1015-1045 Global Child Health; challenges and opportunities for change’, Professor Zulifqar Bhutta, Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and the Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University (Keynote 2)
1115-1240 Variation in health care for C and YP - "Each and Every Need" - the 2018 Child Health Outcome Review" Dr Karen Horridge and Dr Kathy Wilkinson What should RCPCH's global child health priorities be? Dr Sebastian Taylor
  How to Progress: an introduction to the new curriculum for clinicians supporting training, Dr David Evans Facing the future together for child health- translating standards into clinical practice, Dr Omowunmi Akindolie
  Why and how should young people be involved in research in difficult topics? A chance to ask them, Dr Sarah Mitchell Engaging trainees in the development of the Health Informatics agenda, Dr Cheryl Battersby, Dr Matthew Atkinson
  Making inroads in the publishing world, Dr Ian Wacogne & Dr Nick Brown What’s new with our Child Protection resources and how to utilise them to benefit your daily practice, Dr Munib Haroon

How does my hospital become a recruiting centre for a clinical trial? Professor Steve Turner on behalf of the Scottish Paediatric Society


Annual Paediatric Dermatology Workshop, Dr Karolina Gholam   


Non-promotional Educational Session by SOBI:

Auto-inflammatory syndromes: an introduction, red flag symptoms and complications.
This session will see Dr Phil Riley, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist at Manchester Children’s Hospital deliver the presentation; 'The Yin and Yang of inflammation. Recurrent fever syndromes: the bombs and bullets of the new guard' and also Professor Ramanan, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children & Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases deliver the presentation; Macrophage Activation Syndrome/Secondary HLH in children.


Special Interest Groups  
1430-1800 Child Protection Special Interests Group British Association for Community Child Health and Paediatric Educators Special Interest Group

British Association of Perinatal Medicine

British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes
  Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology International Child Health Group
  Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) session British Paediatric Neurology Association

























































Annual General Meeting of the RCPCH

This will take place from 13.00-14.30 on Wednesday 14th March. Workshops will finish 20 minutes earlier (at 1240) in order for delegates who plan to attend the meeting to have lunch, which will be available in the main exhibition hall.

Simulations in Paediatric Emergencies

These popular sessions, run by Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) and Resuscitation Council (UK) will be running again over all three days of Conference 2018. The timetable for these sessions will be announced in due course.


08:15 - 09:15 x x
09:30 - 10:30 x x
10:45 - 11:45 x x
12:00 - 13:00 x x
14:30 - 15:30 x x
15:45 - 16:45 x x
17:00 - 18:00 x



Day three overview

Thursday 15 March

Personal Practice Sessions  
0800-0855 Managing the child with high tone - hypertonia: A comprehensive Clinical approach, Dr Daniel Lumsden and Dr Jill Cadwgan How to work effectively with NHS Management, Dr Jonathan Round
  ‘Everyone Can Groove' (ECG) - How we can dance our way to health, Dr Guddi Singh

What’s the hook for becoming involved in Quality Improvement, Dr Daljit Hothi

  Clinical Guidelines on health conditions that affects the brain of the child, Dr Vijeya Ganesan and Dr Stephanie Smith What is the role of paediatricians in breastfeeding? Professor Mary Fewtrell
Opening Plenary    
0900-0930 'Scotland - the best place for kids to grow up?', Professor Jason Leitch, Clinical Director, Healthcare Quality and Strategy, (Keynote 1)
0935-0950 Standardised procedure trollies save time and stress – a QI project, Dr D Maxted (Abstract presentation)
0950-1005 Bone mineral density in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis, should we be doing less monitoring? Mr Ciaran O'Toole (Abstract presentation)
1005-1020 A randomized, double-blind, parallel group, placebo-controlled trial of metformin in tuberous sclerosis complex,Dr Sam Amin (Abstract presentation)
1050-1155 Child health policy development: why, what and how? Dr Carol Ewing and RCPCH Health Policy Team   Insights from a multicentre obesity screening project in PAU, Dr Thomas Main, Dr Deji Jaiyesimi, Dr Ashley Holt
  Improving the Health Outcomes for Children and Young People Through the use of Child Centred Communication, Mrs Joanna Reid and Mr James William Reid Transition insights: two young people, one with renal disease, one with Down syndrome, talk about their aspirations and challenges during their journey from paediatric to adult services, Dr Judith van der Voort and Dr Shiela Puri
  Covering the bases -making your community paediatric service more effective, Dr Cliona Ni Bhrolchain, Dr Gabrielle Laing

National audits: moving from measurement to improvement, Dr Colin Dunkley and RCPCH Clinical Audit Teams



Improving at Scale: How Working Collaboratively Can Make a Tangible Different to Patients, Dr Dominique Allwood, Dr Neil Hopper, Dr Leslie Peers, Dr Alice Roueche, Dr Melanie Iles  

How to develop clinical guidelines with limited scientific evidence? Dr Rosa Nieto
  Facing the facts: the future of the paediatric workforce, Dr Simon Clark  
Special Interests Groups  
1155-1515 (Lunch from 1315-1400) British Society of Haematology and UK Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  British Academy of Childhood Disability and British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health Children's Ethics & Law Special Interest Group
  British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health Paediatric Respiratory Society and British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology
  British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology George Still Forum (National Paediatric ADHD Network Group)
  Quality Improvement Symposia  
Closing Plenary  
1530-1600 Windermere Lecture: Professor John Lantos ‘Should We Be Resuscitating Babies Born at 22 Weeks?’, Professor John Lantos (Keynote 2)
1600-1630 MSP Shona Robison,  Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and Scottish National Party Member (Keynote 3)
1645 Conference Close  

























































Seniors Members, Honorary Fellows and Senior Fellows Lunch and Session

Exclusive to Senior Members, Honorary Fellows and Senior Fellows, the lunch will be taking place from 13.15-14.45 at the Crowne Plaza. This opportunity to catch up with old colleagues and friends will include 3 courses. The lunch will be immediately be followed by the Senior Members and Fellows session, and this will take place in the lunch room. All attendees will then be shown back to the main Conference venue, where the Winderemere Lecture will be starting at 15.30.

To book onto the lunch, simply select the lunch option which will appear during the online registration process.

Simulations in Paediatric Emergencies

These popular sessions, run by Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) and Resuscitation Council (UK) will be running again over all three days of Conference 2018. The timetable for these sessions will be announced in due course.


08:15 - 09:15 x x
09:30 - 10:30 x x
10:45 - 11:45 x x
12:00 - 13:00 x x



Social events overview

Social events

Civic Reception courtesy of The Rt Hon The Lord Provost of Glasgow

Tuesday 13 March, 17:45-19:00

Delegates at welcome drinks reception

The Lord Provost of Glasgow will be welcoming our delegates and exhibitors to the city by hosting a drinks reception.

The reception will take place in Halls 1&2 (Exhibition Hall) of the SEC, and will be an excellent opportunity to meet exhibitors who will be sharing their knowledge of the latest innovations in child health.

British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) Annual Dinner

Tuesday 13 March 2018

The popular BAPIO dinner will be taking place at Cook & Indi’s World Buffet 410 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD. Find out more

RCPCH Conference Dinner

Wednesday 14 March, 19:30 - 00:00

Delegates at the Conference dinner

Make new connections and catch up with friends and colleagues at this year's Congress dinner. Enjoy an exquisite meal and dancing in the beautiful surroundings of one of Glasgow's most spectacular venues in the heart of the city centre. 

Tickets are priced at £60 and include a 3 course meal and accompaniments, arrival sparkling wine (or a soft drink alternative) and a selection of wine with dinner. 

Hosted at Grand Central Hotel

Book with your Conference ticket



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*Save 25% on the third day if booking for all three days (excludes Student delegates).  Available only on the standard delegate rates (ie for bookings made from 25 January).

**Senior Members, Senior Fellows and Honorary get complimentary registration if attending on Thursday 15 March 2018.


The Scottish Exhibition Centre, Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW

The SEC is Scotland's largest exhibition centre, located in the district of Finnieston on the north bank of the River Clyde, Glasgow.

It is one of the three main venues within the Scottish Event Campus.

Glasgow is well connected by train, bus and air. And, there is plenty of parking on site. 

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