Board and Core Group

Board meetings are held twice a year.  An Annual Conference, which also acts as the AGM, is held - usually during the month of October.

Representatives from all full member organisations have a place on the Board.

Dates for Board Meetings in 2018

Tuesday, 5th June 2018 - Clinical Sciences Building, University Hospitals Coventry & Warks NHS Trust

Meetings are held between 2pm and 4pm.  The venues for meetings will be confirmed against each date. 

The date of the 2018 Annual Conference will be Tuesday, 9th October 2018.


The 2017 Annual Conference provided a forum for clinicians, managers and commissioners to meet and explore new ideas in delivering high quality services for children. 

The Conferences have an educational element, are well attended and are open to PiP members and non-members alike. 

Past keynote speakers include Dr Sheila Shribman, Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Dr Hilary Cass, Dr Kathy McLean, Dr Maggie Atkinson, Kath Evans and Dr. Clare Lemer.  Recent topics have included partnership working, quality indicators, care pathways and clinical networks.

The most recent Conference, held in October 2017, titled 'Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships / Plans'.  PiP shares the concefrs 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 publisdhed 'Next Steps onthe NHS Five Year Forward View'.  STPs are now known as Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships.

This year's Conference explored how we could raise the profile of infants, children and young people in the STPs as they develop. The keynote speaker was Dr Clare Ewing, Vice President - Health Policy, RCPCH.  Other speakers included Dr Doug Simkiss - Children's Workforce Lead, Birmingham and Solhull STP. Alison Warren - Clinical Matron (C&YP services), The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham.  Simon Fuller - Director of Services, Teenage Cancer Trust. Heather Rutherford - User of health care from child to adult).  Emma Sparrow - Children and Young People's Engagement Manager, RCPCH. 
The event was opened by Dr Andy Spencer - first Clinical Lead for PiP and currently Clinical Lead for the Digital Child Health Strategy.


The Core Group discuss issues which are taken to the PiP Board.

Andrew Hughes

Mary Passant

Partnership Manager 


Steve Cropper

Academic Advisor, Keele University  



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