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Paediatrics Regional Meeting

  • Date: Wednesday 8th June 2022 from 2.00-5.00 pm (Coffee & Registration from 1.30 pm)
  • Venue: Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC), 3rd Floor University Dental Hospital, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester, M15 6FH
  • Members £0.00
  • Non Members FREE
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We plan to hold this meeting face-to-face.  This meeting is free for all to attend.  All attendees MUST register in advance.  Venue directions:

1.30-2.00 pm
Coffee & Registration

2.00-2.30 pm
Augmenting reality – new ways of delivering neonatal and paediatric healthcare’
Professor Paul Dimitri, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National Children’s Specialty Lead, the Director of the NIHR Children & Young People MedTech Co-operative; Professor of Child Health & Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Synopsis of lecture:

Technologies such as 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, robotics and digital platforms are being used to augment or change the way we deliver healthcare, and provide solutions to challenging unmet needs and problems in paediatric healthcare. As we enter an era of paediatric innovation, we must recognise the challenges ahead; technology development for paediatrics requires versatility to address childhood development, our paediatric population has a diverse and often unique set of problems,  we treat a greater proportion of rare diseases, and the commercial sector views paediatrics as a challenging and small market. In the last decade new technology networks to support child health have evolved to address these challenges. The advent of new and exciting technologies over the last decade is providing new opportunities to redefine the way in which we deliver neonatal and paediatric healthcare.

Learning objectives:

  1. To recognise the challenges in developing technology/medical devices for paediatric healthcare
  2. Understand the diverse and novel opportunities that new technologies offer to paediatrics
  3. Learning about the networks that have evolved to support the development and evaluation of child health technology

2.30-3.00 pm
Long Covid in Children – what do we know so far?
Dr Eleanor Balmer, Consultant General Paediatrician, Manchester University NHS FT

Synopsis of lecture:

This presentation will offer an overview of what is currently known about Long Covid in Children and Young people, the regional and national response including the approach to assessment and management, what research may hope to tell us, and how we can collaboratively support those affected. Manchester is one of 15 UK hubs for Long covid services for children and we will share our experience so far.

Learning objectives:

  1. To understand what we mean by Long Covid in Children and its varied presentation
  2. To gain some insight into the evidence so far around what might be causing Long covid symptoms
  3. To understand how to approach the assessment, management and support for Children and young people affected by Long covid

3.00-3.30 pm

3.30-4.00 pm
Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences and a Trauma Responsive Greater Manchester
Gareth Nixon, Programme Lead for Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Practice, Manchester Population Health Team

Lecture synopsis:

This talk will provide an overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), including the impact on brain and body development; together with exploring trauma informed approaches and how to build resilience in families. There will also be a focus on current trauma informed activity in Manchester and wider roll-out across Greater Manchester.

Learning objectives:

Delegates will be able to:-

  1. Describe the impact of trauma and adversity on individuals and families
  2. Illustrate how they can adopt trauma informed approaches into practice
  3. State key elements of work taking place in across Greater Manchester and how they can be involved

4.00-4.30 pm
Introduction to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and the new NICE quality standards 
Dr Alan Price, Lecturer in Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University

Lecture synopsis:

FASD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. Rates of diagnosis are much lower than the estimated prevalence and there is little infrastructure and support for families affected by FASD in the UK. New quality standards published by NICE in March 2022 will hopefully lead to increased awareness and service provision. People with FASD often have complex histories with multiple risk factors, such as Adverse Childhood Experiences, which can affect their presentation. Some research has begun to disentangle the effects of multiple exposures but there is still much that we do not know.

Learning objectives:

  1. Brief, general overview of the presentation and prevalence of FASD
  2. Complexities around multiple risk factors and comorbid conditions
  3. New NICE quality standards on prevention, diagnosis and support

4.30 pm

We are grateful to Proveca for sponsoring this meeting.