Our long-running conference, Community Child Health, keeps doctors and paediatrics professionals up to date with the latest developments in a wide range of topics across the speciality. It combines clinically-focused, evidence-based updates with national guidance and strategy, as well as some personal perspectives.

The presentations are valuable to anyone caring for children in a community setting.

The two-day conference will take place virtually in Autumn 2023

Registration fees:

Full conference (2 days) —

Doctor / Consultant: £265
Speciality and Associate Specialist (SAS)/Trainee/nurse/AHP: £234

Single day —

Doctor / Consultant: £136
Speciality and Associate Specialist (SAS)/Trainee/nurse/AHP: £115

THURSDAY 19 October 2023

Prof Frank MC Besag:
Medication Challenges in Learning Disability/ASD

Dr Jen Gallagher
Supporting Severely Learning Disabled Children and Young People when Behaviour Causes Concern

Dr David Elliman:
Update on Childhood Immunisations

Dr Ashley Liew:
Neuropsychiatric aspects in children with epilepsy

Dr Jenefer Sargent:
Looking + Communication

Dr Rakhee Shah:
Levelling up for child health: where are gaps and what can we do about them

Ms Dawn Dunn:
Approach to a child with suspected sensory issues and practical suggestions in management


FRIDAY 20 October 2023

Dr Noula Gibson:
Managing respiratory risk in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Dr Clare Williams:
LD/Intellectual disability – how to assess

Dr Ishaq Abu-Arafeh:
Headaches in Children

Dr Jessica Eccles:
Hypermobility and Neurodiversity (ADHD/ASD)

Dr Bianca Lee:
Bruising in Immobile Babies- update on recent national guidelines and development of care pathway

Ms Anna Sowerbutts:
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou
Learning about emotion regulation in autism and ADHD by neurodivergent adolescents


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



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

Prof Frank MC Besag:
Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Bedford UK

Ms Dawn Dunn:
Consultant Paediatric Occupational Therapist /Managing Director
Tree Tops Occupational Therapy Limited, Durham UK

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

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

Dr Jen Gallagher

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

Dr Bianca Lee:
Consultant Paediatrician, Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children, Whittington Health NHS Trust, London

Dr Ashley Liew:
Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychiatrist, Evelina London Children’s Hospital and South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou:
Associate Professor
Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology, Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London
Academic Director, Group for Research in Relationships and Neurodiversity- GRRAND
Programme Director, NHS funded National Autism Trainer Programme #NATPmentalhealth

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

Dr Rakhee Shah:
ST7 Community Paediatric Registrar, Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust
Clinical Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Ms Anna Sowerbutts:
Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist,
Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, London

Dr Clare Williams:
Consultant Chartered and HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (DClin Psych. CPsychol AFBPsS).




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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