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Health professionals meet in Cumbria for annual children's wellbeing event

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Health professionals meet in Cumbria for annual children's wellbeing event

Posted on Thursday 3rd July 2014


Health professionals meet in Cumbria for annual children's wellbeing event

Specialists in children’s health and social care will be meeting in Cumbria on Monday, July 7, for the third Health Builders’ Annual Integrated Children’s Conference organised by NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Health Builders.

The President of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, Dr Hilary Cass, will once again be a guest speaker at the Integrated Children’s Conference to be held this year at Carlisle racecourse.

Cumbria’s former Director of Public Health and President of the Faculty of Public Health, Professor John Ashton will also be a key note speaker at the event which this year has the theme ‘Starting Healthy – Keeping Healthy’.

Eustace de Sousa, Deputy Director - Children and Young People at Public Health England will also be talking about the National Public Health strategy for Chidlren and Young People.

More than 150 local health care professionals and organisations from across Cumbria, as well as experts from across the country will be attending the event which will also include workshops.

NHS Cumbria CCG Clinical Director Children & Families, Dr Neela Shabde, said: “We are delighted that the conference has become an annual event. It 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.”

Colin Cox, Cumbria's Director of Public Health, said: "We only get one chance to grow up healthy. As children, our diet, exercise, mental wellbeing and other factors all have a bearing on our health as adults.

"Health Builders brings together professionals and organisations in Cumbria that are involved in the health care of children, and is all about ensuring Cumbrian children get the best opportunities to grow into healthy adults."

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Consultant Paediatrician/ Clinical Director for Children’s Community Health Services,Dr Wendy Rankin: “This conference provides a great opportunity for health and care professionals from different organisations all over the county to come together and share ideas and best practice about working together to help our children and young people get the best out of life. If we can get it right for children they are better equipped as adults and that is what we must all strive to do.”

Pupils from Mayfield Schoolwill also be taking part in the conference,speaking and presenting some engagement work they have been doing through the Rock Challenge programme.

Shelley Crowe from Mayfield School said: "Pupils and staff are delighted to be representing the voice of children and young people in Cumbria at this year’s Annual Children’s Conference."

The conference is open to anyone who works with children in the health and social care sector. For more information or to book a place please email enquiries@cumbriaccg.nhs.uk|.

Posted on Thursday 3rd July 2014


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