EDI session – Here today and gone tomorrow?

How do we make the recent focus on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) long lasting? This session will take place at RCPCH Conference Online.
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Chaired by Dr Bhanu Williams 

10:30 - 10:35 Welcome

10:35 - 10:45 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at RCPCH – an overview, Natasha Neill, Chief of Staff and Carlota Navarro Esperse, EDI Project Officer

10:45 - 11:25 Working lives of paediatricians

10:45 - 10:50 RCPCH overview, Arabella Baynes, Training Services Planning Lead

10:50 - 11:25 Panel discussion: What are the greatest EDI challenges facing paediatricians?

Paediatricians are impacted by EDI in many ways, and there is an increasing programme of work being established by organisations to support paediatricians. Our panellists will discuss the challenges that they are passionate about addressing and the solutions that they’ve helped establish.

Each panellist will have 2-3 minutes to give their quick fire thoughts on the subject before our Chair facilitates a wider discussion between panellists, including questions from the audience.


  • Dr Bhanu Williams
  • Dr Jyothi Srinivas 
  • Dr Rashmi Mehta
  • Dr Segn Nedd
  • Dr Fatima Kagalwala
  • Dr Zeshan Qureshi 

11:25 - 11:40 Volunteering and awards

11:25 - 11:30 RCPCH overview, Graham Sleight, Head of Governance

11:30 - 11:40 From ACCEA to Honorary Fellowship – awards at RCPCH,

A short presentation sharing data on ACCEA and an update on the awards of the College, Dr Liz Marder

11:40 - 11:45 Comfort Break

11:45 - 12:20 Our College

11:45 - 11:55 RCPCH overview including a spotlight on our data monitoring form, Patrick Cullen, Head of Membership

11:55 - 12:20 In conversation with Professor Mala Rao

Prof Mala Rao has a career that has spanned public health practice, policy and research but her proudest achievements have been in addressing health and social inequalities through workforce development. She led the development of the MWRES, the Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard launched by NHS England in September 2020. A world first in monitoring ethnic variations in the experience and career progression of the medical workforce at a national level, data collection and transparency are at the core of this work.

With Dr Bhanu William, Mala will discuss her work on MWRES and key lessons learned along the way.

12:20 - 12:50 Health Outcomes for Children and Young People

12:20 - 12:25 RCPCH overview, Carlota Navarro Esperse, EDI Project Officer

12:25 - 12:50 Making the NHS a safe space for LGBT+ children and young people, CYP Voices & Dr Mike Farquhar

The NHS Youth Forum recently developed guidance and advice to support trans and non-binary young people to serve as a support in advocating for young people’s rights when accessing healthcare as a trans and/or non-binary young person.

CYP voices will share their perspectives on the work so far done by the NHS in this area, followed by a presentation from Dr Mike Farquhar on his work in this area. 

12:50 - 12:55 Closing remarks, Dr Bhanu Williams