The conference, jointly hosted with leading charity WellChild, will give visitors a unique opportunity to hear from high profile speakers covering a wide range of important and topical issues relating to children’s healthcare and wellbeing.
Key topics to be covered at the conference will include; The Changing Role of the GP, Care at Home, Transition from Children to Adult Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Workforce for the Future.
The keynote speech will be given by Professor Sir Al Aynsley Green – The first ever Children’s Commissioner in England and a Patron of Action for Sick Children.
Professor Ian Lewis, (Medical Director at the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust) will chair the morning session and Dr Hilary Cass (President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) will chair the afternoon session.
Pamela Barnes, Chairman of Action for Sick Children, said “The conference is not only for professionals working within children’s services, but also parents and other interested members of the general public. It will give everyone the opportunity to put their questions to a panel of experts from many different areas within children’s health”.
The one-day conference is a key part of the European Association for Children in Hospital (EACH) Congress which runs from the 17th – 20th October. Over 200 delegates from all over Europe will meet up in Manchester to discuss and resolve the steps needed to enhance the implementation of the EACH Charter.
NOTES TO EDITOR
ABOUT ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN
Action for Sick Children is a registered charity founded over fifty years ago at a time when parents were actively discouraged from staying with their child in hospital and visiting hours were very restricted.
Today, major improvements in children’s health services have taken place and the charity continues to play an influential consultative role to key policy makers and government in the development of healthcare policies for children.
WellChild is the national charity for sick children and is committed to helping children and their families throughout the UK as they deal with the consequences of serious illness and complex conditions.
WellChild has invested more than £20million in ground-breaking children’s health research projects.
In 1988 voluntary associations for the welfare of children in hospital were set up in many European countries to advise and support parents/carers and inform and co-operate with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.
Twelve of these associations met together in Leiden (Netherlands)
In 1993 EACH was established as an umbrella organisation for non-governmental, non-profit associations involved in the welfare of children in hospital and the primary goal is the implementation of the EACH Charter.
For more information please contact:
Sandy Schofield – Conference co-ordinator
Action for Sick Children
32b Buxton Road,
Telephone: 01663 763 004
Paul Pigram – PR Officer
Proactive PR and Marketing
Telephone: 0161 429 0230
Mobile: 07909 333 929