Successful children's conference set to become annual event

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Successful children's conference set to become annual event

Posted on Wednesday 11th July 2012

A key conference on improving health services for children in Cumbria is set to become an annual event.

The conference, organised by Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Health Builders a movement to transform services for children's health brought together more than 125 professionals and organisations from across Cumbria that are involved in the health care of children.

A key message from the full-day event was a call for a transformation in the way health services are provided for children across the county. 

President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Dr Hilary Cass said: “The conference has been very inspirational giving a diversity of perspective around a united theme.

“Because of the wide range of backgrounds and experiences of the people attending, it has been a very optimistic and upbeat event with a clear sense of purpose.”

Dr Cass gave a keynote speech on “Child Health in the 21st Century” at Rheged where the conference was held.

Dr Cass, joined Dr Neela Shabde, Medical Director for Children at NHS Cumbria and Cumbria CCG, John Ashton Director of Public Health at NHS Cumbria, Dr John Howarth GP and Clinical Director at Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust, Dr Paul Gibson, paediatrician at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay and Health Builders and Lyn Burns Acting Assistant Director for Cumbria County Council's Child Protection and Safeguarding to plant the third tree to mark key Health builder events in Cumbria.

The tree was planted outside the Rheged Centre near Penrith to represent new life and healthy growth, central to the aims of Health Builders and health care providers in Cumbria. This is the third tree to be planted by Health Builders in Cumbria, at key events - others can be found at Footprint, Windermere and Howgill Children's Centre.

Delegates discussed what they can do to provide services which have a much stronger focus on the needs of children and their families and provide a more joined up approach from professionals working in different organisations.

Dr Neela Shabde said: “This event is all about bringing together health professionals, local authorities and the third sector who work with children and families from across Cumbria to discuss how we can make a real difference to way services currently run. To me it’s about pursuing excellence for the children of Cumbria.

“Looking after the healthcare of children is vitally important and experiences in early life can have an in their adulthood. We must get it right for children in Cumbria.”

Dr Paul Gibson is a Consultant Paediatrician at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and the Associate Medical Director for Health Builders added: “We know that the quality of child health care in Cumbria is not as good as it can be and this event is one of the early steps we are taking to start looking at how we can work together to do this.

“Health Builders, through bringing together organisations in Cumbria, wants to look at how we can improve the experiences which children, young people and families have when using local health services. We want all those involved in these services to get involved so that together we can transform the quality of health care for children in Cumbria.”

 

Posted on Wednesday 11th July 2012

 

 
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