Early Years
Childrens Health, Transition to Transformation
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Early Years
Childrens Health, Transition to Transformation
7th of February 2017
Royal Society of Medicine, London

Early Years 2017 - Plenary

08:15-09:00 Registration & Networking
09:00-13:00 Morning Plenary
09:05 Chairs Opening Address
Professor Sally Kendall (confirmed)
Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health, University of Kent
09:15 Delivering better health and wellbeing outcomes for children
Sally Burlington (confirmed)
Head of Policy, Local Government Association (LGA)

We know that experiences in the early years fundamentally affect the life chances and wellbeing of all our citizens. But responsibilities for services and support are complex, and funding constraints mean that we have to maximise the value of every pound spent. How can local partners best work together to ensure children and families get the support they need?

09:35 Questions & Answers
09:45 Giving every child the Best Start in Life – A Public Health Approach
Alison Burton (confirmed)
Maternity and Early Years Lead, Public Health England

The presentation will:

Describe the importance of prevention and public health measures at individual, population and place based levels in improving outcomes in pregnancy and early years.

10:05 Questions & Answers
10:15 Break Coffee & Networking
11:00 Early Years - Promoting health and wellbeing quality standard
Bridget Halnan (confirmed)
Early Years Committee Member , National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
11:20 Questions & Answers
11:30 Child Health Information Systems
Kenny Gibson (confirmed)
Head of Public Health Commissioning, NHS England
  • Every child has at least 58 “events” with health care before their first birthday.
  • How do we connect up these events and make them accessible to all providers and parents?
  • Simple, you ask parents and practitioners what they are looking for and begin building it.
  • This presentation tells the journey so far of the Child Health Information Systems.
11:50 Questions & Answers
12:00 Comfort Break
12:10 Case Study 1 - Learning to Fly: Teaching Children to Swim in Modular Pools
Adrian Turner (confirmed)
Director, Total Swimming
  • Over the last eight years Total Swimming has enabled over 300,000 young people to go swimming in their revolutionary, modular swimming pools.
  • Over 100,000 of these were children from deprived areas and were taught to swim well – or ‘to fly’ as the founders prefer to describe it – for the very first time by Total Swimming and their local authority and ASA partners.
  • British Gas Pools4Schools and the Mayor of London’s Make A Splash programme enable ‘pop-up’ pools to land in children’s playgrounds and go some way to improving the shocking statistic that almost half of all primary age children cannot swim.

Over 60 pools later and the evolution of Total Swimming’s technology has led to them now building permanent and 25m swimming pools, which have the possibility to truly revolutionise the number and quality of pools in the UK

12:35 Case Study 2 - Infant Mental Health - conception to age 2 the first 1001 days
Clair Rees (confirmed)
Executive Director, Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK
13:00-14:00 Lunch, Coffee & Networking
14:00-16:00 Afternoon Plenary
14:00 Chairs Opening Address
Professor Sally Kendall (confirmed)
Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health, University of Kent
14:10 Programme Developments & Evidence
Ailsa Swarbrick (confirmed)
Director, Family Nurse Partnership National Unit
14:30 Early Years, Parenting and Family Relationships – learning from the evidence of ‘what works’
Carey Oppenheim (confirmed)
Chief Executive, Early Intervention Foundation
  • This session will draw on two recent reviews of evidence carried out by the Early Intervention Foundation on Parents’ Relationships and Parent-Child Interaction in the early years
  • It will explore what interventions have been shown to be more effective and the implications for policy makers, commissioners and practitioners 
14:50 The top 10 - Worcestershire Urgent Care Guidelines for the care of children
Dr Philip Thompson (confirmed)
GP Lead for Children, NHS South Worcestershire CCG
  • Looking at the challenge of rising paediatric admissions across Worcestershire and the UK as a whole - why is this happening and what can we do?
  • Discussion on the Guidelines on the management of the most common presentations to urgent care services for children and young people . The guidelines have been developed by a team of professionals heavily influenced by primary care - these are guidelines with a dose of pragmatism and "real world" medicine. 
15:10 Q&A Panel Debate
15:25-16:00 2 Workshops running concurrently
15:25 Parents & Professionals Listening Together - Counselling, coaching and collaboration in the Early Years
Melanie Gregory (confirmed)
CEO, The Ear Foundation

If handled well, interactions with healthcare professionals can be a positive experience. Families report that assessment and monitoring can help them to fully understand their child’s challenges, allowing true collaboration can occur between families and professionals, including setting joint targets to facilitate progress. However, sessions can often cause stress and distress for families.

“Honestly, it makes me feel like I’m being judged and that what I’m doing isn’t enough for Alice. Even if they don’t say it like that, I always interpret it like that” Mum of a child with hearing loss talking about professionals.

Learn how to use key elements of parent counselling and coaching to make interactions a positive experience for families and children. Important as we strive to provide services in which parents feel in control and empowered to make changes.

Learning Outcomes

  • ·Recognise the emotional impact of professional interactions on the families of children
  • ·Describe key elements of parent counselling and coaching to enable families to feel in control and empowered
15:25 Workshop C: Good nutrition in the early years
Dr Patricia Mucavele OBE (confirmed)
Head of Nutrition , Children`s Food Trust
16:00-16:30 Coffee, Networking & Prize Draw
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