Community Child Health has been running for nearly 25 years and continues to offer the latest developments in a wide range of topics across the speciality. It is one of the Symposium Office’s most popular meetings.

The conference will be taking place face to face this Spring.

This conference is valuable to all doctors and medical professionals caring for children in the community setting. This 2-day course will help delegates to update their knowledge across a variety of topics relevant to Community Paediatrics. It combines clinically-focused, evidence-based updates with national guidance and strategy, as well as some personal perspectives, in order for community paediatricians to learn about the latest developments in community child health.

Registration fee:  

£395 – Consultant (2 days)

£365 – Speciality and Associate Specialist (SAS)/Trainee/nurse/AHP (2 days)

£200 – Consultant (1 day)

£185 – Speciality and Associate Specialist (SAS)/Trainee/nurse/AHP (1 day)

Final programme:

Thursday 27 April 2023

Prof Frank MC Besag: Medication Challenges in Learning Disability/ASD
Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Bedford UK

Dr Clare Williams: LD/Intellectual disability – how to assess
Consultant Chartered and HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (DClin Psych. CPsychol AFBPsS).
Additionally trained in Paediatric Neuropsychology

Dr Rakhee Shah: Levelling up for child health: where are gaps and what can we do about them
ST7 Community Paediatric Registrar, Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust
Clinical Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Dr Ashley Liew: Neuropsychiatric aspects in children with epilepsy
Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychiatrist, Evelina London Children’s Hospital and South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Bianca Lee: Bruising in Immobile Babies- update on recent national guidelines and development of care pathway
Consultant Paediatrician, Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children, Haringey, London

Dr Jenefer Sargent: Looking + Communication
Consultant Paediatrician and Speciality Lead, Neurodisability
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust,

Dr Jen Gallagher: Supporting Severely Learning Disabled Children and Young People when Behaviour
Clinical Psychologist, WHITTINGTON HEALTH NHS TRUST, London

Friday 28 April 2023

Dr Noula Gibson: Managing respiratory risk in Children with Cerebral Palsy
PhD | Research Coordinator Physiotherapist | Department of Physiotherapy, Senior Physiotherapist
Cerebral Palsy Mobility Service | Kids Rehab WA | Perth Children’s Hospital, Australia

Dr Ishaq Abu-Arafeh: Headaches in Children
Consultant Paediatrician, Paediatric Neurosciences Unit
Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

Dr Jessica Eccles: Hypermobility and Neurodiversity (ADHD/ASD)
MRCPsych MSc PhD | Clinical Senior Lecturer | MQ/Versus Arthritis Fellow
Brighton and Sussex Medical School | IAT Co-lead

Dr David Elliman: Update on Childhood Immunisations
Clinical lead for National NIPE & NBS Screening Programmes,
Consultant, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Hon. Consultant in Community Child Health, Whittington Health & CNWL

Ms Anna Sowerbutts: Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist,
Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, London

Ms Dawn Dunn: Approach to a child with suspected sensory issues and practical suggestions in management
Consultant Paediatric Occupational Therapist/Managing Director
Tree Tops Occupational Therapy Limited, Durham UK

Dr Simon Wilkinson: The interface between neurodevelopmental conditions and developmental trauma
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Head of Parenting and Child Team (Attachment and Trauma Team and Child Care Consultation Team)
Joint Specialty Lead
Psychological and Mental Health Services (PAMHS)
Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London


The conference will take place on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April 2023 in person at the W12 Conference Centre located at Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital Campus.



Dr Katarina Harris: Consultant Community Paediatrician, Designated Doctor for safeguarding, Islington, Northern Health Centre, London

Dr Nicole Horwitz: Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, Whittington Health NHS Trust, Northern Health Centre, London

Dr John Loftus: Consultant Community Paediatrician, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Children Services, Diagnostics & Outpatients Division, Hackney Ark

Registration fee: 

£395 – Consultant (2 days)

£365 – Speciality and Associate Specialist (SAS)/Trainee/nurse/AHP (2 days)

£200 – Consultant (1 day)

£185 – Speciality and Associate Specialist (SAS)/Trainee/nurse/AHP (1 day)

Conference proceeds

Proceeds from all of our conferences support our research into problems with fertility, pregnancy and birth. Our scientists at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College London continue to lead the world in this field of research. Many major findings at the site have contributed to the understanding of fertility and fetal development. This has improved in utero and newborn babies’ health.

Please see the Genesis Research Trust website for further information about us.

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