RCPCH Conference and exhibition - programme

With our theme, Paediatrics: pathways to a brighter future, this is a must-attend conference for paediatricians and the wider child health team. We'll showcase inspirational keynote talks, some fantastic networking events and a wide choice of sessions that explore the latest clinical updates and policy developments.

RCPCH Conference and exhibition 2019 will bring together the paediatric community - in what is a turbulent time for the profession - to explore current challenges and how we can work together to secure a bright future for paediatrics and child health.

Each day offers a range of cross-cutting themes which will enable delegates to plan and tailor their day to suit their interests:

  • Quality improvement
  • Education and training
  • Advocacy and health promotion
  • Wellbeing and social
  • Keeping up to date with clinical practice
  • Health technology
  • Innovation and service planning solutions

Start planning your visit - browse the highlights or download the full programme.

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Monday 13 May 2019 - Using evidence to underpin innovation


Using data and evidence-based rigour to improve child health
Professor Sonia Saxena, Professor of Primary Care and Head of Child Health at Imperial College London

Dreams, Problems and Solutions for Quality of Care: Can QI Help?
Dr Pierre Barker, Chief Global Partnerships and Programs Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Seminars and workshops

Impact of research on general, acute and emergency paediatrics now and in the future
Dr Vanessa Poustie, Assistant Director, Medicines for Children Research Network Women's and Children's Health

Tops and Bottoms; common dermatoses in the paediatric setting 
Dr Karolina Gholam, Paediatric Dermatology Consultant, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health & Dr Tess McPherson, Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer, Oxford University Hospitals

Advanced clinical practice in paediatrics: A new faculty and new potential for multi-professional training
Dr Colin Morgan, Head of School (Paediatrics), Health Education England North West

Public health for paediatricians: How can health promotion support my paediatric practice?
Dr Max Davie and Dr Lizzie Wortley

Prevent, detect and diagnose –  the role of the clinical decision support tools and their impact on child health
Dr Munib Haroon, Lead Editor, Paediatric Care Online (PCO UK)

Prosecution for FGM in the UK? – An interactive workshop
Naana Otoo-Oyortey, Executive Director, Forward UK & Zimran Samuel, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers 

Data matters!
Dr Karen Horridge, Chair of RCPCH Informatics for Quality Committee and Consultant Paediatrician (Disability), Sunderland Royal Hospital
Dr Ronny Cheung, Consultant and joint Head of Service for General Paediatrics at the Evelina London Children's Hospital

Making research easier; helping paediatricians navigate research regulation
Dr Hugh Davies, Paediatrician (retired), chair Oxford A REC, former Research Ethics Advisor UK Health Research Authority
Ms Jennifer Preston, Senior Patient and Public Involvement Lead, University of Liverpool, NIHR Alder Hey Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

Press, politics and paediatrics: How are child health issues portrayed in the media?
RCPCH Media and External Affairs Team with special guest speaker Mark Wright, Social Media Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph

Health checking your service using a three module programme: Integrated models of clinical care and clinical networks
Dr Sanjay Patel, Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology and Dr Mando Watson, Consultant Paediatrician

Demystifying assessment tools for clinical and educational supervisors
Dr Helen Goodyear

Let’s shout about it – communicating research findings 
Professor Rebeccah Slater, Professor of Paediatric Neuroscience and Senior Wellcome Fellow, University of Oxford
Professor Nick Bishop, Professor of Paediatric Bone Disease Head, Academic Unit of Child Health, Department of Oncology and Metabolism, University of Sheffield

Why choose paediatrics? Attracting the workforce we need for today and for tomorrow: Are you passionate about paediatrics? Help us shape the RCPCH Paediatric Careers Campaign. Find out what our plans are and how you can get involved.

Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) and The Resuscitation Council (UK) will run their popular practical one-hour sessions on all three days to help you brush up on your skills. Monday's sessions are at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14.30, 15:30 and 16:30.

Special Interest Group sessions and other symposia

  • Oral B 
  • National Spinal Injury Centre 


Unwind after the first day of Conference at the Welcome drinks reception. This is an opportunity to network with colleagues and meet the Senior Officers of the college. This is inclusive as part of the day ticket. The reception will be taking place from 17:45 to 19:00 in Hall 3. 

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin is hosting its Paediatric Forum Dinner at 19:00 at a nearby venue - see flyer below for details and to sign up.

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Tuesday 14 May 2019 - Investing in our workforce


Learning from excellence: A positive approach to safety and staff feedback
Dr Adrian Plunkett, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Head of Service, Birmingham Children's Hospital

Improving care for all children: The importance of diversity
Ms Yvonne Coghill, Director - WRES Implementation Team, NHS England

Seminars and workshops

Myth-busting: CESR (Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration)
Stephen Beglan-Witt, Training Services Manager, RCPCH

Improving recognition of neuromuscular disorders in children
Dr Henriette van Ruiten, Clinical Research Associate in Neuromuscular Disease and Paediatric Neurology Grid Trainee and Dr Michela Guglieri, Consultant in Neuromuscular Diseases

Digital health and the future of Paediatrics: Technology, Care and Training
Dr Hammad Khan, Consultant Neonatologist
Dr. David Cox, Neonatal grid trainee

UK Aspiring Paediatricians (including the final of the Tony Jackson prize)
Guest speaker: Professor Russell Viner

Patient experience: Evaluating, measuring impact
RCPCH &Us, Emma Sparrow, Children and Young People's Engagement Manager, RCPCH and Dr Melanie Simpson, Research Evaluation Lead, RCPCH 

Preparing for winter pressures
Dr Dani Hall, Paediatric Emergency Medicine Consultant, Evelina London Children’s Hospital and Dr Michelle Jacobs, Paediatric Emergency Medicine Consultant, Watford General Hospital

QI: Quality and safety of UHC is a public health issue 
Dr Peter Lachman, Chief Executive Officer, ISQua

The cost of caring
Dr Caroline Elton, Psychologist, and author of ‘Also Human’ and Dr Hilary Cass, Past RCPCH President

Working with children with complex healthcare needs and perplexing presentations/FII (fabricated and induced illness)
Dr Alison Steele, Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children, Great Ormond Street Hospital and RCPCH Officer for Child Protection
Dr Danya Glaser 

Health checking your service using a three module programme: New workforce opportunities that support the best practice and sustainability
Dr Nic Jay, Consultant Paediatrician, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Dr Arun Ramachandran, Consultant Neonatologist, Singleton Hospital, Swansea

Children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol-a poorly recognised, preventable cause of neuro-disability.
Dr Patricia Jackson, Co-Chair of the FASD guidance development group 
Dr Christopher Steer, Consultant Paediatrician (ret.) Scottish Government Adviser on FASD 

Paediatrics 2040 - Drop In sessions - 1500-1540, 1540-1620, 16:20-17:00, 17:00-17:45

Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) and The Resuscitation Council (UK) will run their popular practical one-hour sessions on all three days to help you brush up on your skills. Tuesday's sessions are at 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30.

Special Interest Group sessions and other symposia

  • Flynn Pharma - Management of Sleep in Autism 
  • GSK
  • SOBI


Enjoy views of the sunset over Birmingham at the RCPCH Conference Dinner that will take place up high in the Sky Gallery at Park Regis Hotel, from 19:30 on Tuesday 14 May.

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Wednesday 15 May 2019 - The future paediatrician


You get to exhale now? - growing up LGBT+ in Britain today
Dr Mike Farquhar, Consultant in Children’s Sleep Medicine, Guys and St Thomas 

From Better Births to Changing Childhoods
Sarah-Jane Marsh, CEO, Chief Executive Officer of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Chair of the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme

Seminars and workshops

How does burnout affect patient care, and what can we can do about it?
Dr Judith Johnson, Clinical Psychologist, School of Psychology, University of Leeds and Dr Louise Hall, Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Brexit and children's medicines
Dr Helen Sammons, Consultant Paediatrician North Devon District Hospital

Technology transforming child health - changing the future of paediatric healthcare
Dr Gail Hayward, Associate Professor of Primary Care at the University of Oxford and Deputy Director and Theme lead, NIHR Community Healthcare MIC
Ms Jennifer Preston, Senior Patient and Public Involvement Manager, University of Liverpool

Developmental, Psychiatric & Psychological Aspects of Children & Young People with Down Syndrome
Dr Gita Croft, Consultant Paediatrician, Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group 
Professor Jeremy Turk, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Child & Adolescent Autism Spectrum Condition Diagnostic Service, Isle of Wight NHS Trust

A child's right to analgesia: Progress and challenges in assessing and treating pain in paediatrics
Dr Fiona Moultrie, Clinical Doctoral Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford

Transitional care: New evidence to guide clinicians and managers
Emeritus Professor Allan Colver, Chief Investigator, NIHR Funded Research Programme on Transition of Young People with Long Term Health Conditions and Dr Janet McDonagh, Adolescent Health, Manchester

Quality improvement: Human face of improving care - patient voice in planning and delivering QI
Dr Peter Lachman, CEO, International Society for Quality in Health Care

Spotting zebras! Overcoming the challenges of Kawasaki Disease diagnosis
Professor Robert Tulloh, Professor of Congenital Cardiology, University of Bristol
Dr Mary Fenton-Jones

Health checking your service using a three module programme: Making change happen - prioritising children's health services in your organisation and region
Dr Melanie Isles, Consultant Paediatrician and Associate Regional Medical Director, NHS Improvement 
Angela Horsley, Head of Children, Young People and Transition, NHS Improvement 

The Shape of Training
Dr David Evans, Vice President, Training & Assessment, RCPCH
Dr Mando Watson, Consultant Paediatrician, St Mary’s Hospital London, Clinical Lead for Connecting Care for Children

Paediatrics 2040 - Drop In sessions - 11:15-11:50, 11:50-12:25, 12:25-13:00

Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) and The Resuscitation Council (UK) will run their popular practical one-hour sessions on all three days to help you brush up on your skills. Wednesday's sessions are at 09:30, 10:30, 11:30 and 13:00.

Special Interest Group sessions and other symposia


The Senior Members, Honorary Fellows and Senior Fellows Lunch will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, from 12:30-14:00. This lunch is pre-registration only and invitations will be sent out shortly. 

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