Westminster Health Forum

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Next steps for improving child health - integrated service delivery, priorities for mental health, and tackling health inequalities

Morning, Thursday, 25th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine policy priorities for improving health outcomes among children and babies in light of proposals outlined in the Leadsom Review and the urgent challenges being faced in the wake of the pandemic.

The conference will be an opportunity to discuss priorities for implementing the report from the Early Years Healthy Development Review led by Dame Andrea Leadsom - The Best Start for Life: A Vision for the 1,001 Critical Days - which sets out key areas for action including:

  • access to services - looking at joined-up support for all families, welcoming hubs to access services, and accessible health information, with personal child health records being digitalised by 2023
  • the Start for Life system - looking at workforce support, using data, the role of regulation, and accountability and leadership

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:

  • Dame Andrea Leadsom MP, Chair, Early Years Healthy Development Review - looking at priorities for implementing actions within the Early Years Healthy Development Review Report
  • Dr Mando Watson, North West London Integrated Care System; St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare - looking at driving an integrated approach to baby and child health in local areas and improving health outcomes
  • Professor Viv Bennett, Public Health England - looking at next steps for improving public health among children and babies in the recovery from COVID-19


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the National Audit Office. Also due to attend are representatives from Anglia Ruskin University; Bevan Brittan; Bradford Trident -Better Start Bradford; Lambeth Early Action Partnership, National Children's Bureau; Plumcroft Primary School, London; Suffolk County Council; Trafford Council and École des Hautes études en Santé Publique.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies, the independent and third sectors, public health experts, CAHMS, patients groups, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Dame Andrea Leadsom MP

Chair, Early Years Healthy Development Review

Keynote Speakers

Professor Viv Bennett

Chief Nurse and Director of Maternity and Early Years, Public Health England

Dame Andrea Leadsom MP

Chair, Early Years Healthy Development Review

Dr Mando Watson

Children and Young People’s Co-Chair, North West London Integrated Care System; Clinical Director, Central London Community Healthcare and Consultant Paediatrician, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare


Alison Baum

Chief Executive and Founder, Best Beginnings

Jason Strelitz

Director of Public Health, Newham Council

Alison Morton

Chief Executive, Institute of Health Visitors

Dr Nihara Krause

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stem4

Rachael McKeown

Health Inequalities Policy Fellow, Association for Young People’s Health