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Annual Conference held on 10th October 2017

Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday, 10th October

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships / Plans

Where are our children in the STPs?


Annual Conference and AGM 2017

PiP shares the concerns of the RCPCH about the lack of profile given to the needs of infants, children and young people in the majority of STPs. In the West Midlands, only the Birmingham and Solihull STP has a specific section relating to children and young people.

In March 2017, NHS England published the ‘Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’. STPs are now known as Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships.

This year’s Conference explored how we can raise the profile of infants, children and young people in the STPs as they develop.

Speakers included

Keynote speaker: Carol Ewing, Vice President Health Policy, RCPCH

Simon Fuller - Director of Services - Teenage Cancer Trust

Heather Rutherford – User of health care: child to adult

Doug Simkiss - Children’s STP Lead (Birmingham & Solihull) and Community Consultant Paediatrician (B’ham Community)

Andy Spencer- Clinical Lead for the Digital Child Health Strategy, Child Events Project (RCP) and PiP Founder Member

Alison Warren - Clinical Matron (Children & Young People’s Services) - Royal Orthopaedic Hospital



Presentations and papers from the event

Event flyer


Event Evaluation

Keynote: The RCPCH perspective; developing a children's strategy for Greater Manchester presented by Carol Ewing, Vice President - Health Policy, RCPCH

"Our story so far" presented by Doug Simpkiss, Children's Workforce Lead, Birmingham & Solihull STP

Mind the Gap: "The Generational Impact" presented by Alison Warren, Clinical Matron (CYP services), Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmningham

Using Data to support quality improvements in Networks presented by Andy Spencer, Clinical Lead for the Digital Child Health Strategy, Child Events Project (RCP)

Building a World Leading Service for Young People - Making Change Happen presented by Simon Fuller, Director of Services, Teenage Cancer Trust

'My Story' presented by Heather Rutherford, User of healthcare (from child to adult)

Recipes for Engagement preesented by Emma Sparrow, Children and Young People's Engagement Manager, RCPCH

Annual General Meeting led by Tim Horsburgh, Clinical Lead, PiP


"PiP has a lot of credibility amongst paediatricians and health care professionals. Working in collaboration, members have consistently established clinical networks in a number of speciality areas."

Jonathan Howell, Former Consultant in Public Health

"I have worked closely with PiP over a number of years, and their work has been highly influential in developing networks, both nationally and regionally".

Hilary Cass, Former President, RCPCH

"….the upskilling was excellent. The master classes covered the management of children’s acute care and everyday health problems..."

Staffordshire Moorlands GP

"PiP has raised the profile of Child Sexual Abuse across the region, encouraging, training and supporting clinicians to work in this sensitive and challenging area..."

Cheryl Sherratt - Assistant Director of Nursing (Quality and Safety)

"The Paediatric Anaesthetic Network (PAN) provides a great forum for discussion and sharing problems and ideas with like-minded people working in different hospitals."

Richard Crombie, member of the Paediatric Anaesthetic Network.

"Tēnā koutou - greetings from New Zealand...the approach PiP has adopted in the development of clinical networks....has helped inform initiatives now implemented in New Zealand’s child & youth health sector". 

Mollie Wilson, CEO , Paediatric Society of New Zealand

"I can trust the PiP 'Brand' to deliver high quality education".

Consultant Anaesthetist (attendee at Study Day)

Thank you for that amazing Workshop! I gained such a lot of invaluable knowledge' (attended Cerebral Palsy & Spasticity study day - November 2018)

Menik Upatissa, Registrar at Dudley Group NHS Trust

PiP just goes from strength to strength – well done & sincere thanks for all your leadership particularly in bringing people together & nurturing collaboration, its sincerely valued, PiP remains a ‘bright spot’ on the national landscape (November 2018)

Kath Evans, Experience of Care Lead, Maternity, Infants, Children and Young People, NHS England

I’m writing to thank everyone in PIP for their excellent guidelines, study days, senior nurse support and above all professional friendship.  My career is now taking me overseas but your philosophy will be going with me - and a copy of the PIP clinical guidelines book! 


Tess Haynes, Former Modern Matron & CNS, UHNM

Many thanks for the invitation to present. It was a really informative and thought-provoking conference and I'm happy to have been able to contribute. Also a very well organised event too!

Speaker, Learning from Child Deaths event May 2019

The event was well put together and it was a privilege to be part of the special day.

Tracey Harewood, Bereavement Care Coordinator, BWCNHSFT on Learning from Child Deaths event May 2019