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

December 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***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, funding announced in the most recent Budget, and the urgent challenges being faced by the NHS as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

Delegates will consider priorities for implementing the recommendations of 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, the role of Family Hubs, 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

It will also be an opportunity to discuss funding announcements in the Government’s Budget, which included £302m of funding for programmes to support parents, the rollout of Family Hubs, and services for breastfeeding and mental health support.

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

  • Rt Hon Dame Andrea Leadsom MP, Government’s Early Years Advisor - 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
  • Wendy Nicholson, Department for Health and Social Care - 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 Department for Education; the Department of Health and Social Care; and the National Audit Office. Also due to attend are representatives from Anglia Ruskin University; Barnardo's; Bevan Brittan; Bradford Trident; Brighter Futures for Children; British Specialist Nutrition Association; Cornwall Council; Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne And Wear NHS Foundation Trust; Cygnet Health Care; DorPIP; Gloucestershire County Council; Hampshire County Council; Harrow Council; Hyperactive Children's Support Group; Isle of Wight Council; King’s College London; Kit Tarka Foundation; Lincoln International; Middlesex University; National Children's Bureau; National Literacy Trust; NHS England & Improvement; NHS Leeds CCG; Parents1st; Plumcroft Primary School, London; Sheffield Hallam University; Small Steps Big Changes; Suffolk County Council; The Centre for Emotional Health; The Kid's Network; The Sunshine Centre; Trafford Council; and École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from Schools Week.

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 are 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

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

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles