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Paediatric Psychology Network Annual Conference 2016: ‘What Good Looks Like’

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Third International Paediatric Psychology Conference in Europe, will be held in the beautiful and historic City of Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th June 2016.

This year the theme is ‘What Good Looks Like’, based on the recent British Psychological Society review paper ‘What Good Looks Like in Psychological Services for Children, Young People and Their Families

On the evening of Wednesday 8th June the Planning Committee will be in The Hanging Bat pub, 133 Lothian Road, EH3 9AB, from 7.30pm; welcoming guests to the conference and, depending on requests, will be either staying in the pub and/or directing and leading attendees to the best tourist activities and places to visit. Further communication will be sent regarding this.

On Thursday 9th June we have a packed day of Presentations, Keynote Speakers, Workshops, The Judith Houghton Award, Poster Presentations and a Panel Discussion at Edinburgh International Conference Centre The programme is varied and covers different levels of paediatric psychology service provision, including: universal (e.g. prevention and support), targeted help (e.g. staff support, guidelines, individual therapy) and specialist intervention and treatment plans.

Topics include: Staff Support, Pain, Neuropsychology, Using a Distress Thermometer in Paediatric Services, The Hospital Passport, Medics experiences of working with Psychology and what they see good as looking like, and Innovative Service Developments.

Four symposia will be run in parallel sessions allowing delegates to attend two of the following:
1. Staff Stress - Supporting staff working in a paediatric medical settings: What does good look like?, Patrick Kennedy-Williams and Dr Judith Kalthoff
2. Pain - Barriers to progress in children & young people with chronic pain, Dr Konrad Jacobs
3. Neuropsychology including. Developing a brief neuropsychological assessment protocol: An example from Paediatric Psychology. Dr Susanna Waern, Royal Marsden Hospital
4. Stimulating imagery and letting children choose pharmacological support during painful procedures in paediatric oncology. Karolina Maslk and colleagues Unit of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Unit of Anaesthesiology, Department GF Ingrassia, University of Catania, Italy

The day is followed by the PPN AGM and then an evening meal in the conference venue.

On Friday 10th June we have the Paediatric Psychology Network Annual Conference 2016: Special Interest Groups, including ACT, Oncology, GI and Diabetes, being held at NES Westport, 102 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DN. For further information or to book a place at a SIG, please contact Catriona Moffat, ctin.oftnsoha.ctnsuaroamfa@hltinso.h.k

For information regarding local attractions please visit the Visit Scotland website, a list of hotels local to Edinburgh International Conference Centre can be found at the bottom of this page.

Details of the exclusive discounts and city map to show their locations can be found by clicking here.

We would love to have you join us in Edinburgh and look forward to welcoming you in June!

Registration for this event is now open, fees can be found on the booking form.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Thursday 9th June 2016

Please note this is a provisional agenda and is subject to change.

For details of the Parallel Symposia please see above.

10:00Welcome - PPN Chair
10:15Keynote: Neurodevelopmental and behavioural phenotypes in congenital heart disease. Dr Chris McCusker, School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork
11:00Judith Houghton Award & PPN update
11:45Refreshment Break & Posters
12:15Development and validation of a worry and memory distress thermometer for paediatric oncology population, Dr Lesley Edwards
12:40An exploratory RCT psychosocial group intervention for young people with epilepsy (PIE): 6 week post-intervention outcome, Dr Helen Broome & Professor Liam Dorris
14:00Promoting psychological strategies for managing procedural distress. Dr Janie Donnan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
14:10Developing Solution Focused ways of working for annual reviews across the East of England Cystic Fibrosis Network, Dr Martha Deiros Collado, Dr Amy Shayle & Dr Sarah Lenton, Clinical Psychologists
14:30Parallel Symposia - for details please see above
15:20Parallel Symposia - for details please see above
16:05Refreshment Break
16:30Panel Debate: So, what does good actually look like? A Presentation and Panel Discussion with Psychology, Paediatrics and an Author of the report.
17:15Poster Presentation & Closing Remarks
19:30Conference Dinner

Friday 10th June 2016

On Friday 10th June we have a number of Special Interest Groups meeting at NES Edinburgh.

13:00Special Interest Groups Close


Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The Exchange, 150 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 8EE •  Website•  Directions

9th June Paediatric Psychology Network Annual Conference 2016: ‘What Good Looks Like’ & Conference Dinner

NES Westport

102 West Port, , Edinburgh , EH3 9DN •  Website•  Directions

Friday 10th June Paediatric Psychology Network Annual Conference 2016: Special Interest Groups

Additional Information

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PDFHotels local to Edinburgh International Conference Centre
PDFPPN Annual Conference - Provisional Programme