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Paediatric Psychology Network Annual Conference 2015 – Innovative Practice in Challenging Times

Friday 5th June 2015 at Chancellors Hotel & Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

This conference will reflect current practice within paediatric psychology, with a specific focus around interventions. There will be a wide variety of presentations, which will include topics such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Brief Assessments in Neuropsychology.

There will also be workshops based around Working with Restricted Feeding and Mindfulness. At the end of the day, there will also be an interactive debate around service commissioning.

Workshop and Poster Presentations

We are pleased to confirm the following workshops that will take place on the day. You will be able to sign up for these sessions at the Conference.

Workshop 1: Brief Cognitive Assessment in Inpatient Settings
Stewart Rust, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital & Shauna Kearney, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Workshop 2: Why food refusal and how to get them eating?
Gillian Harris, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Elizabeth Shea, Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham Food Refusal Services
Workshop 3: Help ME: Skills for treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Alex Woore, Coordinating Clinician, Jenny Morris, CFS/ME Therapist & Alison Knowles, CFS/ME Therapist, Manchester CFS/ME Service for Children and Young People
Workshop 4: ‘What do you want to know? Information in transition and lifespan services’
Ruth Hurrell, Clinical Psychologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Katy Bourne, Clinical Psychologist, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Sira Arshad, Clinical Psychologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Workshop 5: The ACTing Team
James Lemon, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Medical Paediatrics, Dept. of Psychological Services and Research Mental Health Directorate Queensberry East Crichton Royal Hospital

We kindly ask colleagues to submit their ideas for a workshop presentation, giving a title and a brief description. Where possible we ask that workshop ideas are related to the theme of ‘Innovative Practice in Challenging Times.’ Please send workshop descriptions to lus.oisn@mtnsuoierbno2cf.h.k by 27th February 2015. (Submissions extended to 30th April 2015).

We have now closed submissions for poster presentations throughout the conference, thank you to all who submitted.

Thursday 4th June 2015

On the afternoon of the 4th June, as in previous years, there will be opportunity for Special Interest Groups to meet. Rooms will be available at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital's Harrington Building from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Leads for the Special Interest Groups will need to request to hold a meeting and a room via sa.rnhr@mtnsuintecadcf.h.k


The Special Interest Groups on Thursday 4th June will be followed by the Paediatric Psychology Network AGM. The AGM will be held at 4pm at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital's Harrington Building.

There will then be an evening meal at Chancellors Hotel; the venue for the conference. If you are attending the dinner, please arrive by 7.15pm as the dinner will begin at 7.30pm.


Two bursary places for PPN members to attend the conference will be available through the Paediatric Psychology Network. To apply for a bursary please contact mceemsnsntihlao@h.e

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507


Friday 5th June 2015

The provisional timetable for the conference is as follows:

09:30Keynote:- Supporting adherence in CF: habit, will power and attention - Martin Wildman, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Sheffield & Consultant in Respiratory Medicine & Adult Cystic Fibrosis, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
10:15Keynote:- Rehabilitation for children with chronic pain and the side effects of trying to make the pain better! – Hannah Connell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Lead, Bath Centre for Pain Services
11:30PPN Update - Sara O’Curry, PPN Committee Chair
12:00Judith Houghton Award – PPN Committee
13:15Workshop 1
14:15Workshop 2 (repeat of 13.15 topics)
15:45Future Proofing Psychology: Quality service design with cut budget

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Hannah Connell

Keynote Speaker
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Lead, Bath Centre for Pain Services

Hannah trained as a Clinical Psychologist in Cardiff and spent the early part of her career working in paediatric clinical psychology and adolescent psychiatry. Over 16 years ago Hannah joined the Bath Centre for Pain Services team to set up the first residential pain management programme for adolescents and their families in the UK. Since then Hannah has led on the development of a range of services for young people with pain and their families, including a transition programme for young adults, an intensive treatment for children with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and an outpatient pain clinic.

Hannah is now the Clinical Lead of the Bath Centre for Pain Services, responsible for services providing rehabilitation for people of all ages, children to older adults, with complex pain associated disability.

Clinically, Hannah specialises in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy based interventions for children and their families. Hannah has been a core member of the adolescent pain research programme in Bath which developed the now internationally used, Bath Adolescent Pain Questionnaire. Her current research interest is the high incidence of children with autistic spectrum condition traits in the chronic pain population and improving therapy to maximise their treatment outcome.

Dr Martin Wildman

Keynote Speaker
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Sheffield & Consultant in Respiratory Medicine & Adult Cystic Fibrosis, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield

Martin is a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine with an interest in Cystic Fibrosis. He has also undertaken training in Health Services Research spending 4 years in the Health Services Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He has an interest in quality measurement and decision making and his PhD involved running the CAOS study which was a multi-centre study to develop an outcome prediction model to decide which patients with COPD should be intubated and ventilated.

Debate:- Future Proofing Psychology: Quality service design

Sarah Gaskell, Head of Paediatric Psychosocial Service, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Mandy Bryon, Head of Psychology, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Julie Reed, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Team Leader for Paediatric Psychology, Birmingham Children’s Hospital


Chancellors Hotel

Chancellors Way, Moseley Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6ZT •  Website•  Directions

The venue is very conveniently located with 10 minutes’ drive away from Manchester City Centre, with onsite parking and within easy reach of Piccadilly Train Station. As well as providing a lecture theatre, breakout rooms and overnight accommodation, the hotel will also host the conference dinner on Thursday 4th June 2015.

Additional Information

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