RCPCH Conference 2022 - programme

From neonatal and maternal safety to health inequalities, from lessons from the pandemic to your wellbeing...our sessions will explore these vital themes and more. We've developed our programme with the input of more than 30 specialty groups, so you'll be able to update your knowledge on the clinical areas that suit you.

Browse our full programme and the offer for virtual delegates.
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ACC Liverpool
Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront
Liverpool
L3 4FP
United Kingdom

Spaces available
You can book to join us in Liverpool for one, two or three days. If you're unable to attend in person, a virtual offer is also available.

Programme for in-person delegates

RCPCH Conference returns to Liverpool this year, and as we now have the opportunity to come together in person, our theme is connect, energise, inspire: celebrating paediatrics and child health together.

If you're joining us in Liverpool, we look forward to welcoming you in person. Click the dates below to see what's available on each day. Our Conference app with full details will be available in May.

Pre-conference: Monday 27 June

Innovation in paediatrics: 2040 and beyond - Join Alder Hey’s healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs, along with industry and academic experts, to discuss Innovation Futures and hear from some of those involved in a number of groundbreaking projects.

Hosted by Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Venue: Alder Hey Institute in the Park (main hospital site), Liverpool
Time: 16:30-19:00
Fee: £25

Sessions include:

  • Daring to innovate: 2040 and beyond
  • Today’s child, tomorrow’s healthier adult: Unleashing an innovation culture and a hospital with no walls to tackle healthcare inequalities
  • Lab To life child health data centre: Revolutionizing individualized child health
  • Precision education and planning with 3D immersive tech
  • Bridging innovation and research

Tickets for this Pre-conference session can be added to your Conference booking


18:00-20:00 | Medical student drinks reception at the Pullman Hotel

Tuesday 28 June - Energise: Emerging from COVID 

08:00-08:45 | Breakfast session - Exploring wellbeing experiences of consultants, nurses and allied healthcare professionals in UK Paediatric Critical Care - Dr Peter Donnelly


08:50-10:20 | Opening plenary chaired by Dr Jonathan Darling and Dr Liz Marder

  • 08:50-09:00 | Welcome from the President, Dr Camilla Kingdon
  • 09:00-09:15 | RCPCH&Us welcome
  • 09:15-09:50 | Keynote: What have we learned from the COVID response to help us with COVID recovery? - Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scotland
  • 09:50-10:20 | Three of this year’s top scoring abstracts take to the stage in the exciting Pecha Kucha presentation style

10:20-10:45 | Refreshment break, ePoster viewings and exhibition

10:45-12:00 | Workshops and seminars

  • General knowledge: Hot topics in general paediatrics
  • Myanmar: supporting doctors and nurses in crisis 
  • Perplexing presentations/fabricated or induced illness in children: implementation of the new guidance led by Dr Alison Steele and Dr Danya Glaser
  • Improving life chances from conception to reception led by Professor Eugene Oteng-Ntim and Laura McFarlane
  • Justice for children, families and colleagues? Essential medico-legal skills led by Dr Robert Scott-Jupp and Dr Angela Moore
  • Breastfeeding for doctors: How not to make a boob of breastfeeding led by Breastfeeding for Doctors
  • Stigma of obesity: The elephant in the room led by Professor Anne Greenough and Professor Francesco Rubino
  • FASD hear me: Voice of the individual led by Aliy Brown, Dr Patricia Jackson and Barbara Ogston
  • Challenge differential attainment: Co-create with team softlanding your bespoke IMG support package led by Team Soft Landing
  • Innovating and inspiring adolescent health services: Improving access to reduce health inequalities led by the Association for Young People’s Health
  • RCPCH Progress+: New paediatric training programme

12:00-13:30 | Lunch break, ePoster viewings and exhibition

12:00-13:30 | Annual General Meeting (AGM)

13:30-14:30 | Afternoon plenary chaired by Dr Laura Kelly and Professor Steve Turner

  • 13:30-14:20 | Keynote: The future of global vaccine research - Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford
  • 14:20-14:30 | Prize presentation ceremony

14:30-15:45 | Specialty groups, special interest groups and other symposia (with a refreshment break, ePoster viewings and exhibition break at 15:45-16:15)

  • Quality improvement and patient safety with guest speaker Dr Amar Shah
  • Children’s Ethics and Law Special Interest Group with guest speakers Dr Philip Cook and Professor Helen Stalford
  • British Association of General Paediatrics and British Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • Paediatric Clinical Leaders: service planning, provision and best practice (Paediatricians in Medical Management Committee) with guest speakers Dr Justin Daniels and Dr Victoria Jones
  • Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group with guest speakers Dr Vinay Bhole and Dr Vikranth Venugopalan
  • British Society for Rheumatology (paediatric special interest group) and British Society for Paediatric Dermatology with guest speakers Dr Eslam Al-Abadi, Dr Eve Smith and Mr Harry Petrushkin
  • British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group and British Academy of Childhood Disability with guest speakers Professor Paul Gissen, Simon Wilde and Professor Simon Jones
  • Paediatric Educators Special Interest Group with guest speaker Dr Tessa Davis
  • British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin: Paediatric care – beyond boundaries

17:30-19:00 | Welcome drinks reception

18:30 | BAPIO dinner at Hilton, Liverpool City Centre - drinks reception, exquisite Indian dinner and Bollywood music. Book your place at the BAPIO dinner by emailing admin@bapio.co.uk or calling 01234 212879

Wednesday 29 June - Inspire: Changing our mindset – the big picture for the NHS and child health

07:15 | 5k group run along the Mersey with our former Vice President for Training & Assessment, Dr David Evans. All welcome! 

08:00-08:45 | Breakfast sessions

  • Common mistakes in trying to get your paper published - Professor Imti Choonara 
  • Preventing burnout as COVID burns out - Dr Seb Gray

08:50-10:30 | Plenary chaired by Dr Camilla Kingdon

  • 08:55-09:40 | Keynote panel: Health inequalities in the NHS
    • Dr Bola Owolabi, Director, Healthcare Inequalities, National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme, NHS England & Improvement
    • Dr Habib Naqvi, Director, NHS Race and Health Observatory
  • 09:40-10:10 | Three of this year’s top scoring abstracts take to the stage in the exciting Pecha Kucha presentation style
  • 10:10-10:30 | James Spence Medal, Honorary Fellow and Members' Award presentations

10:30-11:00 | Refreshment break, ePoster viewings and exhibition

10:30-11:00 | Networking coffee break for Senior Members and Senior Fellows

11:00-12:30 | Workshops and seminars

  • How to poverty proof your paediatric service led by Professor Ian Sinha and Dr Alice Lee
  • Research and Quality Improvement at RCPCH 
  • Climate change knowledge cafe: Connecting the dots between climate change, paediatrics and child health led by Dr Helena Clements and Dr Liz Marder
  • Can we explain 'medically unexplained symptoms'? led by Dr Karen Street
  • Joy in work: Innovations in workplace wellbeing for staff working in child health
  • UK Aspiring Paediatricians Society
  • British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health with guest speakers Professor Sir Terence Stephenson and Professor Sanath Lamabadusuriya
  • “Can we see a different doctor?” When is this question racist? led by Dr Zeshan Qureshi and Dr Mehrunisha Suleman
  • Children at the centre: What had COVID-19 taught us about participatory practice? led by Dr Louca-Mai Brady and Andy Feltham
  • Everybody's patient, nobody's responsibility: Improving care for children with medical complexity led by Lisa Kauffmann, Stephanie Nimmo and Dr Hannah Nicholson
  • Screen time! How to make you online teaching more fun,  interactive and effective” led by Chloe Macaulay 

12:30-13:30 | Lunch break, ePoster viewings and exhibition      

12:45-13:00 | RCPCH Ambassadors: an opportunity for current Ambassadors to connect and those interested in the role to find out more led by Dr Mike McKean and Vicki Osmond

13:00-13:30 | Lunchtime workshops

  • Makaton for medics led by Abi Magrill and Marcus Sim 
  • Kidzmed: The why, how to, and what next of taking pills! led by Dr Yincent Tse, Dr Emma Lim and Alice McCloskey

13:30-14:30 | Afternoon Plenary chaired by Dr Cathryn Chadwick and Professor Paul Dimitri

  • Inaugural Illingworth-Rees keynote lecture: Leveraging advances in science to inform a mindset shift in early childhood policy and practiceProfessor Jack Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

14:30-17:30   Specialty groups, special interest groups and other symposia (with a Refreshment break, ePoster viewings and exhibition break from 15:45-16:15)

  • British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology and British Paediatric Neurology Association with guest speakers Professor Soumit Dasgupta, Dr Shankar Rangan and Dr Prab Prabhakar
  • British Association for Community Child Health and British Association for Child & Adolescent Public Health with guest speakers Professor Mitch Blair and Professor David Taylor-Robinson
  • Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group and British Society of Haematology (paediatric special interest group) with guest speaker Dr John Grainger
  • Paediatric Critical Care Society and British Association for Paediatric Nephrology with guest speakers Professor Jordan Symons, Mrs Melissa Mead and Professor Stephen Marks
  • British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group with guest speakers Dr Sue Leech, Dr Maaike Kusters and Dr Jethro Herberg
  • British Paediatric Respiratory Society and Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine with guest speakers Geraldine Munn-Mace, Dr Christopher Edwards and Dr Neil Gibson
  • Trainees' Committee with guest speakers Dr Laura Kelly and Dr Catherine Chadwick 
  • Crafting your later life career led by Dr Vivienne van Someren and Dr Daljit Hothi
  • SAS: What next?
  • Global child health: The role of data in action and advocacy and the Rwandan Paediatric Association led by Dr John Rasquinha

 19:30-00:00 | RCPCH Conference Dinner

One of the highlights of this annual is the RCPCH Conference Dinner, which this year takes place at the Rum Warehouse. Please come and join the celebration with inclusive arrival drinks, a 3-course meal and night of music and dancing. Tickets are £70.00 per person and you will be able to purchase tickets for the dinner via the registration link.

Thursday 30 June - Connect: Joined-up working for better child health

07:30-08:30 Yoga with Paul Wooding - Start the day with with a 60 minute yoga session. Mats will be provided by Paul so all you will need to bring with you is a bottle of water.  
This yoga class is free to attend but you must pre-book your place.

08:00-08:45 | Breakfast sessions 

  • What does wellbeing look like to you? A brief intervention to improve staff wellbeing - Sarah Webb
  • What has had tongues wagging, pulses racing and conversation going this year: recent controversies - Dr Nick Brown 
  • Do you want to build a podcast? - Dr Ian Lewins

09:00-10:15 | Plenary chaired by Dr Sue Broster and Dr Mike McKean 

  • 09:00-09:45 | Keynote: Next generation maternal and neonatal safety: connecting across the life-course and around the globe
    • Professor Joy Lawn, Professor of Maternal Reproductive and Child Health Epidemiology & Director of MARCH Centre, London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 
    • Dr Christine Ekechi, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist delivering NHS and Private Care in Londo
  • 09:45-10:15 | Three of this year’s top scoring abstracts take to the stage in the exciting Pecha Kucha presentation style

10:15-11:30 | Specialty groups, special interest groups and other symposia (with a Refreshment break, ePoster viewings and exhibition break at 11:30-12:00)

  • Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group (10:15-11:30) with guest speakers Ms Sally Tennant  and Dr Meriel McEntagart
  • George Still Forum - National Paediatric ADHD Network Group (12:00-13:15) with guest speaker Dr Ruwan De Soysa   
  • Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine with guest speakers including Dr Nick Sargent and Paediatric Emergency Medicine Intercollegiate Specialty Advisory Committee (PEMISAC)
    British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group with guest speakers Dr Jarod Wong, Dr Nicola Crabtree, Dr Senthil Senniappan and Dr Pooja Sachdev
  • International Child Health Group with guest speakers Ayesha Kadir, Chris Harkensee and Delan Devakumar
  • British Association of Perinatal Medicine and Neonatal Society with guest speakers Dr Susmito Biswas and Dr Liz McKechnie
  • Child Protection Special Interest Group
  • Paediatric Mental Health Association and Young People's Health Special Interest Group with guest speakers Lydia Tweed, Dr Ian Rodd and Esta Orchard

13:15-14:00 | Lunch break, ePoster viewings and exhibition   

14:00-15:00 | Plenary chaired by Mo Akindolie

  • Children's rights and paediatrics: On the sofa with RCPCH &Us, panel discussion with the four UK Children's Commissioners

15:00-16:30 | Workshops and seminars

  • Children's health press conference led by Dr Guddi Singh
  • Generalism: What every paediatrician needs to know led by Stephen Turner and Rupal Shah
  • Antimicrobial resistance in children: We need to address before it's too late! led by Dr Sanjay Patel and Orlagh McGarrity
  • Ready to launch: Training the next generation of advanced neonatal/paediatric practitioners led by Professor Colin Morgan
  • Managing rare diseases like a pro when not your expertise led by Dr Larissa Kerecuk 
  • Building collaborative foundations - enabling Paediatricians to thrive
  • Advisory Appointment Committee led by Tony Hulse

Virtual programme (select sessions only)

If you're unable to join us in Liverpool, a virtual option is available for a select number of sessions. You'll have online access to all sessions that take place in our main auditorium both as a livestream and on demand. Access to the full programme is available to in-person attendees only. 

If you're attending Conference in person, you will also be given access to the recordings of the livestreamed sessions that took place on the day(s) you registered for. Should you wish to access the on demand sessions for additional days, you can also purchase the full virtual package in addition to your face-to-face booking.

On demand content will be accessible until Wednesday 31 August 2022. 

Virtual programme - Tuesday 28 June

09:00-10:20    Opening plenary

  • 09:00-09:15 | RCPCH &Us welcome
  • 09:15-09:50 | Keynote: What have we learned from the COVID response to help us with COVID recovery? - Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scotland
  • 09:50-10:20 | Three of this year’s top scoring abstracts take to the stage in the exciting Pecha Kucha presentation style

10:45-12:00 | General knowledge: Hot topics in general paediatrics

13:30-14:30 | Plenary

  • 13:30-14:20 | Keynote: The future of global vaccine research - Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford
    14:20-14:30 | Prize presentation ceremony

14:30-17:30 | Quality improvement and patient safety

Virtual programme - Wednesday 29 June

08:50-10:30 | Plenary chaired by Dr Camilla Kingdon

  • 08:55-09:40  Keynote panel: Health inequalities in the NHS
    • Dr Bola Owolabi, Director – Healthcare Inequalities, National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme, NHS England & Improvement
    • Dr Habib Naqvi, Director, NHS Race and Health Observatory
  • 09:40-10:10 | Three of this year’s top scoring abstracts take to the stage in the exciting Pecha Kucha presentation style
  • 10:10-10:30   James Spence Medal, Honorary Fellow and Members' Award presentations

11:00-12:30 | How to poverty proof your paediatric service

13:30-14:30 | Plenary - inaugural Illingworth-Rees keynote lecture: Leveraging advances in science to inform a mindset shift in early childhood policy and practice Professor Jack Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

14:30-17:30 | British Association for Community Child Health and British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health

Virtual programme - Thursday 30 June

09:00-10:15 | Plenary Chaired by 

  • 09:00-09:45 | Keynote: Next generation maternal and neonatal safety: connecting across the life-course and around the globe
    • Professor Joy Lawn, Professor of Maternal Reproductive and Child Health Epidemiology & Director of MARCH Centre, London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
    • Dr Christine Ekechi, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist delivering NHS and Private Care in London
  • 09:45-10:15 | Three of this year’s top scoring abstracts take to the stage in the exciting Pecha Kucha presentation style

10:15-13:15 | British Association of Perinatal Medicine and Neonatal Society

14:00-15:00 | Plenary chaired by Mo Akindolie

  • Children's rights and paediatrics: On the sofa with RCPCH &Us, panel discussion with the four UK Children's Commissioners

15:00-16:30 | Children's health press conference