Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for children and young people’s health in England - inequalities, funding and the NHS Long Term Plan

Morning, Tuesday, 5th February 2019

Central London


This seminar will assess the impact of government policy initiatives on the health of children and young people, and key issues for coordination and implementation.

Policymakers and key stakeholders will assess the priorities for child health in implementing the  NHS Long Term Plan, looking at the allocation of funding, supporting collaboration and improving standards.

Delegates will also assess the progress of the Government’s plan of action for childhood obesity, with the Department of Health and Social Care having recently opened consultations into the sale of energy drinks to children and on including calorie information on food and drink served outside the home.

They will consider priorities for reducing inequalities in children’s health in England and lessons that can be learnt from other countries to improve child health, in the context of government aims to reduce the gap in obesity levels between children from the most and least deprived areas.

The seminar will be an opportunity to discuss children and young people’s mental health, in light of the government plans for mental health leads in every school and college from next year, moves to reduce waiting times and a programme of research - including into the impact of social media. It also follows the National Audit Office’s report examining whether the government is on track to meet its ambitions for children and young people’s mental health services.

Further sessions examine the impact of integrated models of care on children and young people’s health services and the next steps for developing the children’s health workforce.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Jacqueline Cornish

National Clinical Director Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood, NHS England

Keynote Speakers

Dr Jacqueline Cornish

National Clinical Director Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood, NHS England

Dr Ronny Cheung

Consultant Paediatrician, Evelina London Children’s Hospital and Visiting Fellow, Nuffield Trust


Baroness Massey of Darwen

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children and Chair, Sub Committee on Children, Council of Europe Social Affairs

Professor the Lord McColl of Dulwich

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood


Alison Jeffery

Director of Children, Families and Education, Portsmouth City Council

Professor Sonia Saxena

Professor of Primary Care and Head of Child Health, Imperial College London

Dr Peter Wilson

Consultant, Paediatric Intensive Care and Divisional Clinical Director, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Chair, Women and Children National Programme of Care Board, NHS England

Professor David Taylor-Robinson

Professor of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool and Honorary Consultant in Public Health, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Catherine McClennan

Vanguard Programme Director, Cheshire and Merseyside Women's and Children's Services Partnership

Professor Russell Viner

President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Jenny George

Director, Health, Value for Money Audit, National Audit Office

Emma Rigby

Chief Executive, Association for Young People’s Health