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Annual Conference held on 21st October 2014

The Partners in Paediatrics Annual Conference was held on 21st October 2014.

This year's event focussed on 'Working together for the Rights of the Child'.  The notes and presentations from this event are now available to view by scrolling down the page.


We were delighted that Maggie Atkinson, Children's Commissioner for England gave the key note speech at this year’s Conference, where she gave an inspiration talk about her role and remit and the 'Rights of the Child'.

Maggie was appointed Children’s Commissioner in 2010 and is the 2nd person to hold the post. She has direct access to Parliament, local government with respect to Children & Young People’s rights.

The role of the Children’s Commissioner was created by the Children Act and has been strengthened by the Children & Families Act 2014. This Act has changed the primary function of the Commissioner from representing the views and interests of Children & Young People to promoting and protecting children’s rights.

Maggie is also 'Honorary Professor of Child Welfare' (School of Public Policy and Professional Practice) at Keele University.

At the Conference we reported on PiP’s workstreams and the progress and outcomes from the work around Engaging with Children & Young People - from those who have taken this work forward in their respective organisations.


For further information about the work of the Commissioner, the website is: www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk

Notes and presentations from the event


"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, 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, Co-chair of the 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)