Highlights from RCPCH Conference 2024

A huge thanks to all of the speakers, presenters, delegates and exhibitors who helped make this year's RCPCH Conference such a special event. Here are just a few of the highlights from a packed three days...

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Day 1

We started our event, of course, with the voice of children and young people. Our first keynote speaker was Professor Sir Michael Marmot speaking on health inequalities. Our morning workshops covered varied topics such as the criminal justice system, air pollution and learning about relationships in the digital world. After lunch our specialty groups sessions began!

Auditorium at RCPCH 2024
Our biggest ever conference welcomed over 1,900 colleagues to the ICC Birmingham and almost 400 virtual delegates.
Camilla at RCPCH Conference
The event kicked off in style with a welcome from Dr Camilla Kingdon, RCPCH President 2021-24.
CYP &Us at RCPCH Conference 2024
This was followed by a presentation from the RCPCH &Us team of children and young people: a vital feature of the conference.
Professor Sir Michael Marmot speaking from a podium
Professor Sir Michael Marmot CH, Director of USL Institute of Health Equity was the first keynote speaker on our main stage and discussed child health inequalities.
Miranda Wolpert keynote
Monday afternoon saw Professor Miranda Wolpert talk on 'Creating a step change in early intervention for anxiety and depression' in her keynote plenary.
Three people in a busy conference hall, laughing
As always, delegates were able to unwind after a busy first day with conference welcome drinks taking place in the exhibition hall.

Day 2

Morning sessions explored preventive care and how we might 'Make Medical Education Great Again', plus how we can 'ShiftTheDial on health inequalities. Delegates could attend sessions later in the day, including one on how we support perinatal care in Rwanda plus a vital conversation on the foundations of Martha's rule. The day ended with the handover of the RCPCH Presidency to Professor Steve Turner.

Runners at the RCPCH Conference
Early risers on Tuesday morning started the day with a 6.5km run led by former Vice President for Training and Assessment, Dr David Evans.
Richard Scott at RCPCH Conference
Dr Richard Scott, acting CEO for Genomics England, took to the main stage to deliver a keynote talk exploring genomics and linking clinical care to research.
Group of people looking at posters in an exhibition hall
Over 400 posters, showcasing the latest in research and best practice, were on display throughout the event in the Exhibition Hall and on the conference app.
Ronny Cheung speaking
Dr Ronny Cheung, consultant general paediatrician, delivered his plenary to a packed hall: 'Papers that change practice?' A paediatric generalist's quest to follow the science'.
President handover at RCPCH Conference
An end of an era at the RCPCH as Dr Camilla Kingdon handed over the Presidency of the College to Professor Steve Turner.
RCPCH Conference dinner 24
The much-loved and always lively RCPCH Conference dinner took place on Tuesday evening with over 200 delegates in attendance.

Day 3

A morning session focused on 'Joy at Work' and how we grow this. Delegates could choose from nine mid-morning specialty sessions followed by a range of plenary talks and afternoon workshops to finish a wonderful event.

Umang Patel at RCPCH Conference
This year's conference explored technological advances in health care, and Dr Umang Patel's talk looked at the general purpose artificial intelligence (AI) in paediatrics.
Group of people gathering and talking in a hall
Such a well-attended conference added to the buzz of the Exhibition Hall, with many organisations showcasing their work.
Sessions at conference
A truly diverse event, delegates could also make the most of a selection of workshops and specialist symposia being delivered throughout the three days.
Networking at RCPCH Conference
Delegates from across the UK and around the world enjoyed the networking opportunities Conference had to offer, whether it was online via the app or in the venue!
Foundation prizegiving
We also celebrated the next generation of aspiring paediatricians. Each year we give foundation doctors passionate about a career in paediatrics one-day free access to RCPCH Conference.
Hilary Cass at RCPCH Conference 2024
The final talk of this year's event reflected on the Independent Review of Gender Identity Services for children and young people, delivered by Dr Hilary Cass.

We'll see you in 2025!

The feedback says this was our biggest and best conference and we are working to provide an even better experience in 2025. Join us online or in Glasgow for RCPCH Conference 2025 taking place 26-28 March.

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