Thursday, 4 October 2012 at 1:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Reducing Inequalities in Child Health

Presented by Benjamin Farnes

A conference on what works, what counts and what matters in relation to reducing the inequalities in child health today, both within the UK and beyond.

Conference speakers

Member of the Youth Parliament for the Basingstoke, Eastleigh and Winchester constituency.

Benjamin is also involved within the National Children’s Bureau as a Young Research Advisor, and has taken part in research projects centred on the services available for young people with mental health needs and schemes to reduce alcohol consumption amongst the young. 

Benjamin is studying Late History, Economics, Law and Politics at Peter Symonds College Winchester, where he is in his first year.

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Cyra Mutesi-Kirenho is a student at the University of Kent. She is a care leaver, and a lay member of the NICE advisory group developing a pilot quality standard on thedevelopment of a quality standard for social care on the health and wellbeing of looked after children and young people for use in England.

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Named as a Young Star in the Klevis Kola Foundation ‘Woman of the Future Awards’ in 2010, Tabitha volunteers as part of the ‘young-volunteer’ scheme at the KKF, assisting younger children at the after-school club and providing a positive role model for other refugee children, as well as undergoing full-time studies.

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Zara Todd is a youth participation worker at the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) and is a member of the British Council’s Disability Advisory Panel. She was previously Liberation Campaigns Assistant (Disabled Students) for NUS Connect. A Psychology graduate from Lancaster University, she has just completed a Masters degree in Eastern European Studies from University College London, specialising in Nationalism and Identity. An electric wheelchair user, Zara has extensive experience of improving access for disabled people and this has taken her around the UK and to other countries including Canada, China, Lithuania, Qatar and Russia.

 

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Chief Executive of Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Andrea joined SCIE as Chief Executive in April 2012. She was previously Chief Executive of the Appointments Commission for four years. Prior to that, Andrea was Deputy Chief Executive at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Andrea’s career started in the health service at Tower Hamlets Health Authority in 1986, progressing to Bloomsbury and Islington Health Authority. In 1992 she moved to Camden and Islington Community Health Services, managing services for older people; and then to St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, as General Manager for Children, Women and Neurosciences Services. Before joining NICE, Andrea was also an Assistant Director in the Social Services Department for the London Borough of Camden.

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Sharon Witherspoon has been Director of the Nuffield Foundation since July 2012.

She previously held the position of Deputy Director, and has led the Foundation's social policy research programmes since her appointment in 1996.

Sharon is a member of the Strategic Forum for the Social Sciences and several other strategic bodies supporting excellence in social science research. She was awarded an honorary MBE for services to social science in 2008 and the British Academy President's Medal in 2011.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Sharon was a senior researcher at the Policy Studies Institute and NatCen Social Research, where she was responsible for the design and statistical analysis of large scale representative studies of public behaviour, family life and the regulation of professions. She was one of the original researchers for the British Social Attitudes Survey series. 

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Reader in Sociology of Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Judith Green is a medical sociologist, with degrees in anthropology and medical sociology. Before joining LSHTM in 1996, she held posts at South Bank University, the Department of General Practice and Primary Care at UMDS (Guy's), where she completed a PhD on the sociology of accidents, and the Department of General Practice at King's College School of Medicine.

Dr Green currently edits Critical Public Health, an international peer-reviewed journal which publishes a broad range of critical research and commentary on and for public health, and recently co-edited (with Ron Labonte) a collection of articles from the journal, Critical Perspectives in Public Health.

Dr Green's primary research interests are in the sociology of health service organisation and delivery (particularly the development of qualitative methodology in this area) and sociological research of determinants of health and health inequality, particularly on transport and health.

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Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, Danny Dorling was educated at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne in Geography, Mathematics and Statistics leading to a PhD in the Visualization of Spatial Social Structure (1991). He continued studying in Social Science at Newcastle as a Joseph Rowntree Foundation and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow before moving to the University of Bristol to teach Geography there, next being appointed to a Chair of Quantitative Human Geography at the University of Leeds.

Since 2003 he has been a Professor of Human Geography in the University of Sheffield. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Canterbury, NZ, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, UK. In 2003 Danny was appointed an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences.

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Professor of Child Health at the UCL Institute of Child Health.

A medical sociologist, Helen Roberts was educated at the Universities of Reading, Aix-Marseille and Sussex. She set up and ran the Child Health Research and Policy Unit at City University London, and prior to that, spent a decade in the third sector as Head of R&D with the children’s charity Barnardo’s. In 2009, she was made an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health at UCL. She is a non-executive director of NICE.

Internationally, from 2001-2010, Professor Roberts was on the Health Advisory Council, and then the Science Advisory Council with the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research in Canada. She is an editor with the Cochrane Public Health Review Group, and she sits on the International Advisory Committee of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael's Hospital, Toronto.

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Conference lectures
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What Counts? What Works? What Matters?

Professor Helen Roberts
Thursday, 4 October 2012 - 2:00PM
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What can we do that's positive?

Professor Danny Dorling
Thursday, 4 October 2012 - 2:15PM
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Transport, Health and Wellbeing: The Potential for Equity and Wellbeing Gains for Young People

Dr Judith Green
Thursday, 4 October 2012 - 2:30PM
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Outcomes and Change: New Thinking in the Third Sector

Sharon Witherspoon
Thursday, 4 October 2012 - 2:45PM
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Panel Discussion: Why wait for a generation? What can be done now?

Andrea Sutcliffe
Thursday, 4 October 2012 - 3:00PM