Community Child Health has been running for 22 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 virtually this Spring.

This conference is valuable to all doctors 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: 

Consultant: £265 (2 Days);

Speciality and Associate Specialist (SAS)/Trainee/nurse/AHP: £234 (2 Days);

£136 for one-day attendance (a member of staff will be in contact with you to confirm which day you select)

Thursday 26th May 2022

09:05 Registration
09:10 Welcome and Introduction by the Conference Chairs; Dr Katarina Harris, Dr Nicole Horwitz, Dr John Loftus
09:15 Update in Childhood Immunisation; Prof Helen Bedford
10:00 How can we improve delivery of diagnostic services for autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions? Dr Ian Male
10:45 Break
11:05 Gender Identity Services for Children and Young People; Dr Hilary Cass
11:50 SUDEP – when to talk about it; Dr Michael Yoong
12:35 Lunch Break
13:35 Tics and Tourette’s and Management; Dr Tamsin Owen
14:20 Practical use of genomics in community paediatrics; Dr Elaine Clark
15:05 Break
15:25 ARFID – avoidant restrictive food intake disorder; Dr Ilana Shein
16:10 End of day 1

Friday 27th May 2022

09:05 Registration
09:10 Welcome and Introduction by the Conference Chairs; Dr Katarina Harris, Dr Nicole Horwitz, Dr John Loftus
09:15 Dystonia approach and management; Dr Arpana Silwal
10:00 Management of Spasticity in Children; Dr Biju Hameed
10:45 Break
11:05 The ESSENCE of Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Conditions: Rethinking Co-Morbidities, Assessment, and Intervention; Prof Christopher Gillberg
11:50 Siblings of disabled children; Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou
12:35 Lunch Break
13:35 The past, the present, the future: a journey through Covid for children with Down syndrome; Prof Monica Lakhanpaul
14:20 Neurodiversity: what is it and what are the implications for community child health? Prof Sue Fletcher-Watson
15:05 Break
15:25 ADHD in Girls; Dr Nivedita Bajaj and Dr Chinnaiah Yemula
16:25 End of day 2

Please click here for the full programme [PDF].

Dr Nivedita Bajaj
Consultant Community Paediatrician, East and North Herts Trust
Designated Doctor for LAC and CL, Hertfordshire
Executive member of George Still Forum

Prof Helen Bedford
Professor of Children’s Health, Population, Policy & Practice Dept, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health (London)

Dr Hilary Cass
Consultant Paediatrician, Honorary Consultant Evelina Hospital London

Dr Elaine Clark
Consultant Paediatrician in Neurodevelopment, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Prof Sue Fletcher-Watson
Professor of Developmental Psychology, Director of the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre, The University of Edinburgh

Prof Christopher Gillberg
Professor in Child Psychiatry, Gothenburg University, Gillbergcentrum, Sweden

Dr Biju Hameed
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Movement Disorder Service
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London

Prof Monica Lakhanpaul
Professor of Integrated Community Child Health
Honorary Consultant Paediatrician Whittington NHS Trust
Pro Vice Provost South Asia
BSA Media fellow
Member of Faculty of Public Health by Distinction
Co-Director CHIP (Childhood Infections and Pollution Consortium)
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
University College London

Dr Ian Male
Consultant Community Paediatrician Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and honorary senior lecturer Brighton and Sussex medical school

Dr Tamsin Owen
Clinical Psychologist Tics and Neurodevelopmental Movements Service (TANDeM), Evelina London

Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou
Lecturer in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health (UCL IOE)
Lead workforce trainer in Autistic Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Services (UCL PALS/Anna Freud Centre)
Senior Research Associate (UCL PALS/Anna Freud Centre)
Trainee UKCP Psychotherapist (MINTH East London NHS Foundation Trust)

Dr Ilana Shein
Community Paediatrician, Camden services, The Royal Free Hospital, London

Dr Arpana Silwal
Consultant Paediatrics Neurologist, Barts Hospital, the Royal Hospital, London

Dr Chinnaiah Yemula
Consultant Community Paediatrician
Ex Clinical Lead for ADHD Service, Cambridgeshire Community Services
Executive member of George Still Forum

Dr Michael Yoong
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Royal London Hospital, Bart’s Health NHS Trust

The conference will take place on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May 2022 virtually via Zoom, a recording of the conference will be available for up to 6 months after the conference has taken place.


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: 

Consultant: £265 (2 Days);

Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS)/Trainee/other professionals: £234 (2 days);

£136 for one-day attendance (a member of staff will be in contact with you to confirm which day you select).

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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