No Place Like Home Challenges and Solutions WellChild Conference

15 Sep

Friday 15 Sep 17 9:00 am - 5:00 pm King's House Conference Centre, King's Church, Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB

Booking for this event is now closed.

Enhancing care for children and young people with medical complexity

Hosted by WellChild in partnership with Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, this conference is an opportunity to explore the current environment for both families and professionals in ensuring high quality care and support at home for children and young people with medical complexity across the UK.

The day will focus on four key areas with presentations and workshops exploring the main challenges but also potential solutions required to support the care at home agenda.

  • Workforce
  • Training
  • Emotional support
  • Practical support

The conference is free to attend however a small refreshment fee will be charged per delegate.

Book your place below, or alternatively, download the booking form here.

If you have any problems with the booking form please contact

Conference Agenda

Time Session Lead by
9.00am Arrivals – refreshments available
9.30am Welcome to the day Sue Ward, Director of Nursing, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
9.45am Introduction to the morning session Chair – Michelle Milner, Head of Nursing (Children’s), Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
10.00am Fit for Purpose. The challenges ahead  for children’s nursing to deliver the care at home agenda Julie Bayliss, Consultant Nurse Palliative Care, Head of Service Haematology, Oncology, Palliative Care and Haemophilia The Louis Dundas Centre
10.30am Competent to Care – Making Training Effective Jo Keating, Education Lead and Project Manager (Specialist Physiotherapist), Hospital to Home, Royal Brompton Hospital

Tracy Brooks, WellChild Children’s Nurse (Trainee Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner – LTV), Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

11.00am Coffee break
11.20am – 11.50am Caring for Children 24/7 Dr Mark Whiting, WellChild Professor of Community Children’s Nursing, University of Hertfordshire
11.55am – 12.25pm Breakout session 1: Supportive Care – A Holistic Team Approach Jean Davies, Clinical Nurse Manager Paediatrics Children and Young People, Crosshouse Hospital

Aileen Crichton, Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, WellChild Better @ Home Team, Crosshouse Hospital

Breakout session 2: Better at Home – A new approach to Training Paula Keating, Senior Lecturer in Children’s Health, Edge Hill University

Esther Bennington, WellChild Nurse Specialist-Parent Trainer, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

12.30pm -1.30pm Lunch & Poster Presentation
1.30pm Introduction to the afternoon session Chair
1.40pm –2.20pm Question time panel
2.20pm Be at Home, Stay at Home – What helps and what hinders? Rachel Gregory, WellChild Long Term Ventilation Nurse Specialist, Nottingham Children’s Hospital

Leanne Cooper, WellChild Parent Advisory Group

2.50pm #NotaNurse_but: Now and in the future


Bernie Carter, Professor of Children’s Nursing Children, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Edge Hill University

#NANB Parents

3.20pm Coffee break
3.30pm – 4pm Breakout session 3 – Family Resilience – Challenges and Solutions Sharon McCloskey, Care Services Manager, NI Children’s Hospice
Breakout session 4: We can make it h(app)en: Using digital health technologies to support families in their own homes Dr Lisa McCann, Senior Lecturer in Digital Health and Care, University of Strathclyde
4.05pm Round up of the day Chair
4.30pm Finish

Call for poster presentations

No Place Like Home: Challenges and Solutions

Enhancing care for children and young people with medical complexity

As part of the conference we would like to provide additional opportunities for delegates to raise awareness of projects or innovative approaches to delivering the Care at Home agenda that they are involved in or have developed. We are therefore delighted to invite poster presentations which will be exhibited during the day. Guidelines are provided below but if you would like to bring a poster to be submitted or have any queries then please email as soon as possible.


You will need to email by 1st September if you intend to submit a poster

The subject matter should reflect the focus of the conference and especially relating to the areas of training, workforce, emotional care or practical support.

Individuals or teams can submit more than one poster but only if they relate to different projects/areas of work/issues. You will however need to advise Alice Silver if you would like to do this.

Posters relating to personal or professional advertising will not be accepted.

Please ensure that your poster is A0 portrait size and laminated – do not use landscape.

Posters will be positioned in the exhibitor area/at the back of the main hall.

You will be allocated a space to exhibit your poster on arrival at the conference venue.

Please try to arrive before 9.15am to provide adequate time to put up your poster – materials to attach your poster will be provided.

Delegates will be encouraged to view the posters during the breaks so please consider being near your poster – especially during the lunch break to answer any questions.

Please include your contact details should anyone wish to contact you about your presentation after the conference.

It is your responsibility to remove your poster immediately at the end of the conference otherwise it will be discarded.

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King's House Conference Centre, King's Church, Sidney Street, Manchester

King's House Conference Centre, King's Church, Sidney Street, Manchester M1 7HB

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