RCPCH Wales – St David's Day Conference 2024: Shaping the Future

Join us in Cardiff for a transformative experience at this day-long event - where innovation meets inspiration. Our theme is ‘Shaping the Future’. The morning focuses on ‘Shaping Their Future’ focusing on children, and the afternoon on ‘Shaping Our Future’ for paediatricians.

Our event is set to explore the forefront of leadership and management, education, and healthcare innovation in the realm of child health. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be part of the conversation that shapes the future of paediatric care in Wales.
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voco® St David’s Cardiff
Havannah Street
CF10 5SD
United Kingdom

Booking is closed as of 23:59, 20 February

Some of the highlights

  1. Keynote talks from leading experts: Immerse yourself in thought-provoking discussions led by renowned experts in child health. Gain valuable insights that will reshape your approach to paediatric care.
  2. Workshops and seminars: Explore the latest research and best practices through engaging workshops and seminars. Learn from the experts and discover innovative approaches to healthcare challenges.
  3. DragonBytes live podcast: Experience the power of live storytelling with the DragonBytes captivating live podcast. Delve into real-world experiences, and hear 4 short talks by trainees and consultants who have not followed the traditional training route.
  4. Networking opportunities: Connect with like-minded professionals, exchange ideas, and build lasting relationships. Networking opportunities abound, fostering collaboration and innovation.
  5. The PAFTA Awards: Celebrate excellence in paediatric care in Wales at the prestigious PAFTA Awards. Recognise and honour outstanding contributions to the field.

Some of our outstanding speakers

  • Lynne Neagle, Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing: Explore the intersection of mental health and child wellbeing with an expert in the field.
  • Nick Wilkinson, RCPCH Officer for Wales: Get insights from a leading figure in child health advocacy and policy.
  • Graham Shortland, Consultant Paediatrician & SWAN Lead: Learn from a seasoned practitioner about the latest advances in paediatric medicine.
  • Lucinda Perkins & Neonatal Team: Discover ground-breaking work in neonatal care from Lucy Perkins and her dedicated team.

Full programme

Morning session - Shaping Their Future
Chairs: Micheala Morton & Sameh Soliman

8.00 - 9.05 - Registration and Coffee

Join us for a warm drink and a relaxing start to the day.

9.05 - 9.25 - Welcome Address

Matthew Spencer ST3 (09.00 - 09.15)

Nick Wilkinson, RCPCH Officer for Wales (09.15 - 09.25)

9.30 - 9.40 - Keynote Speaker

Lynne Neagle, Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing

9.40 - 10.00 - SWAN Outcomes and Newborn Screening Updates

Graham Shortland, Consultant Paediatrician & SWAN lead

This talk will focus on how we can improve the chance of a diagnosis for children and their families. This includes a novel and UK leading initiative “The Wales SWAN Clinic”.

10.00 - 10.20 - PERIPrem Cymru: Pob Babi Bob Tro, Every Baby Every Time.

Lucinda Perkins, Consultant Neonatologist & PERIPrem Cymru National Neonatal Lead

PERIPrem Cymru (Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature birth, Cymru) is a national programme, launched in March 2023, with the aim of improving survival and reducing brain injury in babies born at less than 34 weeks gestation in Wales through a 10 intervention, evidenced based, quality improvement bundle.

10.20 - 10.40 - Awareness and focus on physical activity and exercise

Prof Melitta McNarry, Professor of Health and Exercise Physiology

Physical activity and exercise are cornerstones of many treatment and management strategies for both acute and chronic conditions. However, despite this, children both with and without such conditions remain alarmingly inactive and sedentary. In this talk, we will discuss why movements across the intensity spectrum are so important and some of the considerations for the promotion of physical activity and minimisation of sedentary behaviours in clinical paediatric populations.

10.40 - 11.00 - Persistent School Absence

Dr Rowena Christmas, Chair of RCGP Wales & GP Principal 

  • Rate of absence is double what is was before the pandemic. 
  • Persistent absence is triple what it was 5 years before the pandemic. 
  • Year 7 persistent absence has quadrupled.

This problem is easier to describe than it is to address, but I will use my talk to consider possible causes, the implications and what we can all do to help. 

11.00 - 11.20 - Morning Break

Time for a break

11.20 - 11.40 - Eco-Distress (Pre-recorded Session)

Kathryn Speedy (CAMHS ST5) and Phyllis Davies (GCSE student)

11.40 - 12.00 - RCPCH Roadshow Presentation

Emma Sparrow and RCPCH &Us Team

12.00 - 12.20 - The future of value based medicine

David Hanna, Paediatric ED Consultant, UHW

12.20 - 12.40 - Virtual Reality as a tool to promote wellbeing in the workplace

Amber William, Psychological Wellbeing practitioner, Cwm Taff Morgannwg 

Discussing VR headsets technology and how we at CTM use them to promote the wellbeing of our staff

12.40 - 13.10 - Goggleminds: Clinical skills in Virtual Reality

Azize Naji, CEO Goggleminds

Including opportunity to trial Goggleminds VR & Cwm Taff VR Wellbeing Apps

13.00 - 14.10 - Lunch Break

Including opportunity to trial Goggleminds VR & Cwm Taff VR Wellbeing Apps

Afternoon Session: Shaping Our Future
Chairs: Amy Alcock & Alice Unsworth

14.10 - 15.10 - Off the beaten track – DragonBytes live podcast with interviews

Stacey Harris, joined by Celyn Kenny, John Rasquinha & Meriel Jenny 

3 short talks by a consultant, trainee and locally-employed doctor who have not followed the traditional training route.

15.10 - 15.20 - Progress + (The reality in Wales)

Gillian Body & Hannah Murch

A quick tour through some of the challenges of Progress+ and our approach to them.

15.20 - 15.30 - Working within the NHS – Benefits and Schemes

Malcolm Gajraj - HEIW

15.30 - 15.50 - Afternoon Break

Including opportunity to trial Goggleminds VR & Cwm Taf VR Wellbeing Apps

15.50 - 16.35 - It's Time to Redefine Sleep for our Future

Nick Littlehales, Elite Sports Sleep Coach and author of Sleep

Even today, sleep and sleeping is taken for granted unlike the other human health pillars; fuel, hydration, and exercise, which are challenged and tackled every day to find new solutions to help us improve. Adopting a redefined approach to sleep, to reveal our personal best more often, and protect ourselves from the impact of the 24/7 culture is key to our recovery, performance, and wellbeing

16.35 - 16.55 - PAFTA Awards

Hannah Davies ST6

16.55 - 17.00 - Closing Remarks

Booking is closed as of 23:59, 20 February