RCPCH Wales St David's Day Conference 2021

The annual St David’s Day conference will be held virtually. 2020 was an unexpected and challenging year and we're looking forward to a conference that celebrates the future of paediatrics.

Y Mae’r cynhadledd Gwyl Ddewi flynyddol yn cael ei gynal yn rhithiol eleni. Yr oedd 2020 yn flwyddyn heriol ac anodd felly braf yw edrych ymlaen at cynhadledd lle mae modd dathlu dyfodol y maes pediatrig.
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The theme this year is the future of children and young people in a more equal and diverse world. A day to celebrate identity with a big focus on inclusivity in an ever changing world. With a plethora of topical guest speakers, interactivity, and fun. From our home to yours we extend a big Croeso to the 2021 St David’s Day Conference. 

Thema eleni yw dyfodol plant a phobl ifanc mewn byd o gydraddoldeb ac amrywiaeth. Diwrnod i ddathlu hunaniaeth, gyda ffocws enfawr ar cynhwysiad mewn byd sy'n newid yn barhaol. Gyda amrhywiaeth o siaradwyr gwadd, rhyngweithio ac wrth gwrs hwyl! Cadwch llygaid barcud am agoriad cofrestru cynnar ym mis Rhagfyr. O'n catref ni i'ch un chi, dymunwn estyn croeso cynnes i'r Cenhadledd Gwyl Ddewi 2021. 

This conference is CPD approved.


  • Student - £5.00
  • Trainees and FY1/2 - £20.00
  • Consultant - £30.00
  • Non-member with primary qualification - £50.00

Abstract submissions now closed

Submissions will now be reviewed by the St David's Day Committee. If you have submitted one, you'll be notified of the outcome by Friday 26 February.


Time Session
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and introduction
09:15 - 09:45

Opening keynote: Successes and barriers to supporting children’s rights in health contexts before and during the pandemic

Sally Holland, Children's Commissioner for Wales

Sally Holland became Wales’ third Children’s Commissioner for Wales in April 2015.
Established in 2001, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales is the independent human rights institution for children and young people in Wales. The organisation’s principal aim is to safeguard and promote the rights and welfare of children and young people in Wales.

09:45 - 10:15

The perceptions of the impact of lockdown and return to school on wellbeing, health and education

Dr Emily Marchant

10:15 - 10:45

Listening to the voice of the child and young person

Children in Wales charity

10:45 - 11:00 Break and ePoster viewing
11:00 - 11:30

Women in healthcare

Dr Lizzie Wortley, Paediatric ST7 at University College Hospital, London 

Dr Wortley is a Paediatric Registrar with an interest in advocacy (for CYP, parents carers and staff), health improvement and young people's health. Since becoming a registrar in 2014, Dr Wortley has had a full range of conversations about women in healthcare and the impact of family and fertility on life as a doctor. Dr Wortley has written about this on paediatricFOAM and now discusses it with juniors, seniors and medical students regularly to make sure there is no shame in debating what work life balance is, whether it exists and the impact it's having on us all.  

11:30 - 12:00

Celebrating diversity - and opportunities for reflection 

Dr Somi Idowu

12:00 - 12:30

Understanding and Supporting LGBT+ Children & Young People

  • Ben Dew (he/him), Training & Education Manager and Family Support Work Lead at Allsorts Youth Project (Brighton)

This session will examine some of the critical issues and challenges experienced by children and young people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans or Unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and how these may impact their mental health and their emotional and social wellbeing.

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and ePoster viewing
13:30 - 13:40 Deskercise
13:40 - 14:40

Breakout sessions (choose one) including:

Wellbeing workshop

  • Nikola Creasey

What does the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) tell us about deprivation in Wales?

  • Nia Jones, Principal Statistician - Head of Social Justice Statistics, Welsh Government
  • Sam Collins, Higher Statistical Officer, Welsh Government

This session will provide an introduction into what WIMD is, what it measures and how it can be used to draw insights into child deprivation and health inequalities in Wales. Results and analysis from the most recent 2019 index will be presented, as well as real examples of the data being used. Users will also be signposted to data, tools and guidance which will support them in conducting their own analyses.

14:40-15:00 Break and ePoster viewing 
15:00 - 16:00

Breakout sessions (choose one) including:

An introduction to tackling racism in medical education

  • Dr Joseph Hartland, Lecturer and 3D Helical Theme Lead for the University of Bristol Medical School
  • Nimra Naeem, 4th Year Medical Student at the University of Bristol
  • Emmanuella Ikem, 5th Year Medical Student at the University of Bristol
  • Alexa Ramos, Medical Student at the University of Bristol

This workshop is informed by the experiences of staff and students from the University of Bristol Medical School working on curriculum decolonisation and anti-racism. Participants will gain an understanding of key theory related to the topic, an overview of the impact of systemic racism in medicine and an introduction to what they can do to challenge racism when it occurs.  

Role of technology

  • Dave Cole 
16:00 - 16:30 Quiz and closing remarks