Community Child Health has been running for 20 years and continues to offer the latest developments in a wide range of topics across the specialty. It is one of the Symposium Office’s most popular meetings.

This year the conference is taking place online only, this is due to the current situation with Covid-19.

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: £295 (2 Days);

Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS)/Trainee/other professionals: £260 for two days.

£150 for one-day attendance (a member of staff will be in contact with you to confirm which day you select)

We are currently in the process of confirming the programme this will be available shortly.

Confirmed Topics

  • “Protecting Children at a Distance: findings from a multi-agency investigation of safeguarding and child protection during the Covid-19 pandemic”,
    Dr Ann Lorek
  • “Identification of an Intellectual Disability in children and young people”, Dr Mark Lovell
  • Working with children with Autism and their families from minority communities”, Dr Prithvi Perepa
  • Criminal Exploitation in Children and Young people”, Ms Celia Knopp
  • “Update on Childhood Immunisations”, Dr David Elliman
  • “Transition to adult care in epilepsy”, Mr Neil Fletcher and Ms Keeley Jones
  • “COVID-19 in children”, Prof Saul Faust
  • “Differential diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy”, Dr Daniel Lumsden
  • “Recognition and early diagnosis of Neuromuscular Disorders in children”, Dr Henriette Van Ruiten
  • “Remote assessments in Community Paediatrics during Covid and beyond”, Dr Nicole Horwitz and Dr Lottie Mount
  • “How to make the best use of genetic testing for epilepsies”, Dr Joseph Symonds
  • “What to do with PDA/Extreme Demand Avoidance”, Dr Judy Eaton
  • “Multi-disciplinary treatment strategies for children and young adults with saliva control issues”, Dr Diane Sellers


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



Thursday, 20 May 2021

Dr Ann Lorek: Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children and Young People in Greenwich – NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Mark Lovell: Consultant Child & Adolescent ID Psychiatrist, Tees, Esk & Wera Valley NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Prithvi Perepa: Lecturer- Autism Studies, School of Education (University of Birmingham)

Ms Celia Knopp: Exploitation and Missing Safeguarding Manager, Safeguarding and Family Support, London Borough of Islington

Dr Joseph Symonds: Epilepsy fellow, Paediatric Neurosciences Research Group, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

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

Mr Neil Fletcher: Roald Dahl Clinical Nurse Specialist for Teenagers and Young Adults at Barts Health NHS Trust

Ms Keeley Jones: Transition Nurse Specialist, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Friday, 21 May 2021

Prof Saul Faust: Professor of Paediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases, Director of NIHR Southampton Clinical Research Facility, Clinical Director, NIHR Wessex Local Clinical Research Network, NIHR Senior Investigator

Dr Daniel Lumsden: MB/BChir MA Cantab MSc PhD FRCPCH
Consultant in Paediatric Neurology and Complex Motor Disorders – Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Evelina London Children’s Healthcare

Dr Henriette Van Ruiten: Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Judy Eaton: Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Help for Psychology. Research associate at King’s College London.

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

Dr Lottie Mount: Consultant Community Paediatrics – Named Doctor for Safeguarding, Seaside View Child Development Centre, Brighton

Dr Diane Sellers: PhD MA BA MRCSLT. Clinical Specialist and Lead Speech and Language Therapist. Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Chailey Clinical Services.