RCPCH Conference and exhibition 2020 - programme overview

Explore our programme for this year's big event - with the theme, ‘Innovating for child health’. As a delegate, you can expect a wealth of learning and networking opportunities, influential keynote speakers and engaging workshops, plus the full range of specialty symposia. Explore our draft programme below.

You can download the full, draft programme below.

Register your place

You can see our daily and full Conference rates, and book your accommodation, through our registration page.

Please note that this programme is constantly evolving, and there may be items scheduled which are not currently published online. For any programme queries please contact conference@rcpch.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

Day 1 - Tuesday 28 April

Keynote lectures

How can we harness the benefits of innovation for child health? - Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation

It’s 2020: Innovating for child health – challenges and opportunities - Professor Tony Young OBE, Director of Medical Innovation, School of Medicine, Anglia Ruskin University

Breakfast sessions

  • Writing and performing: creativity for workforce wellbeing
  • Mindfulness at work and in life
  • Meet the editor: questions and controversies

Workshops - 11:35-13:00

  • Innovating for quality and safety
  • Managing children with medical complexity; supporting families, supporting doctors
  • Find your village: a systemic response to supporting migrant families and young children
  • How healthy are UK children? state of child health in 2020
  • Developing a credible vision for the future of paediatrics in 2040
  • Child health: digital transformation and data evolution
  • Workshop in paediatric dermatology
  • Joy at work: innovations in workplace wellbeing for staff working in child health
  • Strategies to train and sustain a local workforce in rural and remote child health services
  • Research without prior consent: what you need to know

Lunchtime sessions

  • The paediatric sepsis podcast: telling sepsis stories through creative media
  • An introduction to Makaton: communicating with children with learning disabilities in a clinical setting
  • Magic and medicine
  • Innovations in Paediatric Cardiology 

Special Interest Group sessions and other symposia

  • Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group (PECSIG)
  • British Academy of Childhood Disability and British Paediatric Neurology Association
  • Quality Improvement: innovating reports from people in the field
  • British Association of Child and Adolescent Public Health
  • Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) and Paediatric Special Interest Group: British Society of Haematology
  • Paediatric Educators' Special Interest Group (PEdSIG)
  • Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS) UK
  • British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology (BAPA) and Paediatric Mental Health Association
  • UK Aspiring Paediatricians, including final of the Tony Jackson Prize
  • British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin

Welcome drinks reception from 17:30 - wind down your first day and network with colleagues and Senior Officers of the College

Day 2 - Wednesday 29 April

Keynote lectures 

Lessons for child health: learning from innovations and ideas outside medicine - Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Co-author of Frugal Innovation & Jugaad Innovation

Making a difference in Europe - cross boundary issues - Chaired by Dr Rob Ross Russell, Chairman European Board of Paediatrics and Dr Sian Copley, UK representative for Young EAP and Young EAP Representative within the EAP Advocacy Working Group

  • Migrant health and me: a young EAP story - Dr Paul Torpiano, Higher Specialist Trainee in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Health, Mater Dei Hospital, Malta.
  • The role of professional society in overcoming vaccination crisis: experience of Ukraine - Dr Yevgenii Grechukha, Senior Laboratory Assistant, Department of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Bogomolets National Medical University
  • Interconnected care and workforce - Dr Lena Maiziere, Physician, Public Health department of Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

Breakfast sessions

  • Women in innovation. how to fit it all in, fake it and put family first
  • Meet the editor: how to write

Workshops include

  • START to consultant life
  • Reframing how we think about difficult doctor-parent relationships
  • Development towards a single paediatric early warning system
  • The climate crisis café
  • Learning from local child death reviews to improve future outcomes for children
  • Harnessing the potential of robots and virtual reality in child health
  • I want to break through: idea to Innovation
  • Integrating public health and preventative thinking into paediatric practice
  • Migrant children and NHS charging: how to advocate for patients facing barriers to healthcare access
  • YouChoose: a practical demonstration of remote video consultation

Special Interest Group sessions and other symposia include

  • State of child health
  • Rare disease: collaborating and innovating for rapid progress
  • College tutors and trainers briefing
  • British Association of Community Child Health, British Paediatric Respiratory Society and Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group
  • British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology
  • British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition and British Association for Paediatric Nephrology
  • Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine & Children’s Ethics & Law Special Interest Group
  • Trainees
  • British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • International Child Health Group

One of our highlights is our annual RCPCH Conference Dinner taking place on Wednesday 29 April from 19:30 at the Rum Warehouse at Titanic Hotel Liverpool. You can book your ticket when you register online, or add it on at a later date.

Day 3 - Thursday 30 April

Keynote lectures

'Moving medicine: improving the quality of conversation between clinicians and young people with long term conditions about the problem of being more active - Dr Natasha Jones, FSEM Project Lead, Moving Medicine and FFSEM Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Youth violence: innovating together for a different ending to the story - featuring Mr Martin Griffiths, Clinical Director, Violence Reduction Network NHS London and Trauma Surgery Lead, Barts Health


  • #Genomic Toolkit: getting started with genomics in paediatrics
  • Talking with parents about immunisation
  • How can we support senior clinicians to continue to work and contribute widely until retirement age and beyond?
  • How can you include autistic young people in decisions about their care?
  • How to get published in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Shape of paediatric training: preparing the workforce of the future
  • Show me the money: building a brilliant business case
  • Kids designing tech for health
  • How to recognise and treat children with perplexing presentations or possible FII: discussion of new RCPCH guidance
  • Moving long term ventilation (LTV) care forward for children and young people in the UK: the findings of the 2020 NCEPOD LTV review
  • Practice updates

Special Interest Group sessions and other symposia

  • General Medical Council - Caring for doctors, caring for patients
  • British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group
  • British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Child Protection Special Interest Group and Child Protection Standing Committee
  • Young People's Health Special Interest Group and British Association of General Paediatrics
  • British Association of Perinatal Medicine in conjunction with the Neonatal Society
  • British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG)
  • Staff and Associate Specialist Committee
  • British Society for Paediatric Dermatology
  • George Still Forum - ADHD disorders
  • Paediatric Clinical Leaders - Service planning, provision and best practice

Lunch for Senior Members, Senior Fellows and Honorary Fellows

Senior Members, Senior Fellows and Honorary Fellows who are booked for Thursday 28 April are eligible to attend a lunch hosted by the President. The lunch will be taking place from 13:00-15:00 at St James' Restaurant at the Pullman hotel (next door to the Conference venue). You can sign up for lunch when you book your day at the Conference online.   

Pre-conference Alder Hey Innovation Workshop - Monday 27 April

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is running a half-day workshop exclusively for RCPCH Conference delegates. There will be a combination of short innovation presentations from Alder Hey’s expert faculty, followed by a tour of their world-leading campus and a visit to the immersive Innovation Hub. Networking refreshments will be provided.

The workshop can be added on as part of your main Conference booking for an additional £25 and spaces are limited. The workshop will include:

  • Welcome - Adjunct Associate Professor Nicki Murdock, Medical Director, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Vision for the Innovation Hub and embedding innovation in the Alder Hey Trust - Mr Iain Hennessey, Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Surgeon, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Director, Alder Hey Innovation Hub
  • How is innovation funded within the Trust? - Claire Liddy, Director of Innovation and Deputy Finance Director, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • AH Campus vision – a World Leading Campus - David Powell, Development Director, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and David Houghton, Project Manager, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tour of hospital including Gait Lab, theatres, waiting room distraction equipment
  • Demonstrations of immersive technology in Innovation Hub
    Case study of the use of 3D life prints – Ms Jo Minford, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
    Virtual Reality and Cardiac Surgery – Mr Rafael Guerrero, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
    Tech-maker activity - Mr Iain Hennessey, Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Surgeon, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Director, Alder Hey Innovation Hub
  • Networking and refreshments