Welcome to 2021 & Introductory Remarks

Conference Chair, Clare Ledingham

Session 1

BSPD Sugar Summit: Sugar, Obesity and Food Marketing

Co-Chairs: Clare Ledingham & Emma Morgan


Reducing Sugar Intakes in the UK

Dr Alison Tedstone

Deputy Director Diet, Obesity and Physical Activity / Chief Nutritionist at Public Health England

Learning Objectives

  1. Overview of the government approach to tackle childhood obesity
  2. Understanding the sugar reduction journey from evidence into action
  3. Update on business progress towards sugar reduction
Read Alison's biography...
Dr Alison Tedstone is Deputy Director with responsibility for diet, nutrition, obesity and physical activity in the Health Improvement Directorate of Public Health England (PHE). Her teams work areas include the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, nutrient composition of foods, scientific advice on nutrition (including the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition), and advice on nutrition and actions to improve diet, including work underpinning the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan with the food industry to reduce the sugar, salt and calorie content of everyday foods and promotion of Physical activity. The division also coordinates, across PHE, a programme of work aimed at tackling the nation’s obesity problem which supports national and local level delivery, including actions aimed at improving systems leadership and addressing the environmental causes of obesity. Alison transferred with other nutrition colleagues from the Department of Health in 2013 and before that from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2010. Before joining the FSA, in 2001, Alison was an academic at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Alison completed post doctorate research in Oxford and is a registered public health nutritionist.
Twitter: @PHE_uk


Food Marketing and Children’s Eating Behaviour

Dr Emma Boyland,

Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe food marketing prevalence across primary media
  2. Describe food marketing power across primary media
  3. Describe the evidence that food marketing influences eating behaviour in children
Read Emma's biography...
Emma Boyland is an experimental psychologist and senior lecturer based at the University of Liverpool, with 15 years of experience in eating behaviour research. Her work principally focuses on the food environment, characterising the foods and beverages available and the way they are marketed via traditional and new digital means, as well as seeking to understand how this impacts eating behaviours (choice and intake) and determinants of eating behaviour (beliefs, attitudes, preferences), particularly in children. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and 8 book chapters on this topic, as well as being a contributing author on three World Health Organization reports on food marketing. Dr Boyland has twice been invited to give oral evidence to the UK Parliament’s Health and Social Care Committee inquiries into childhood obesity that directly inform the Childhood Obesity Plan for the UK.

Twitter: @EmmaBoyland


Food Marketing, Public Health and Children’s Rights

Professor Amandine Garde,

Law & NCD Unit, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool


Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the relationship between food marketing and children’s rights
  2. Identify the implications that such relationship has for the UK government
  3. Identify the responsibilities of business actors to promote compliance with children’s rights
Read Amandine's biography...
Prof Amandine Garde is Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Law & NCD Unit at the University of Liverpool. She is a leading expert on the role that legal instruments can play in promoting health. She regularly advises international organisations, EU institutions, NGOs, governments and public health agencies worldwide.

Twitter: @AmandineGarde


Panel Discussion and Questions led by Co-Chairs



Session 2

Advocating for Vulnerable Children & Their Oral Health

Co-Chairs: Judi Humphreys & Diana Critchlow


Adverse Childhood Experiences & Housing Vulnerability

Charlotte Waite,

ACE Aware, Public Health Wales

Learning Objectives

  1. Give an overview of the ACEs research
  2. Discuss what this has meant for public services – examples from the police, housing and health visiting
  3. Consider what it means to be trauma informed (both in practice and at a system level)
Read Charlotte's biography...
Director of Transformation and Systems Change at Platfform (a mental health and social change charity) Charlotte has worked in the social care and supported housing sectors for several years, working initially as a practitioner before moving to senior and strategic roles. As a Social Worker she worked in Children’s Services, substance misuse and homelessness. Going on to the University of South Wales as Programme Leader of Social Work, she co-authored evaluations of the Integrated Family Support Service, Families First and programme evaluations for the Care Council for Wales. More recently working for the Wales Adverse Childhood Experience Hub, she has led on the national roll out of Psychologically Informed Environments. Charlotte has a long track record of working successfully on a cross sector level to develop new and remodel existing services as well as influencing policy direction locally and nationally.

Twitter: @charlotwaite


Vulnerable Families and the Impact on Child Oral Health & the Battle to Advocate for Children and Families Who Suffer Inequalities

Charlotte Waite,

Chair of the BDA England Community Dental Services Committee

Learning Objectives

  1. Have a better understanding of what constitutes a vulnerable patient group
  2. Have a better understanding of advocacy strategies to improve oral health outcomes for children and their families
  3. Be more confident in recognising oral health inequalities in vulnerable patient groups for both adults and children and what can be done to reduce these
Read Charlotte's biography...
Charlotte graduated from the University of Dundee in 2001. Following posts in general dental practice, dental hospital and community dentistry, she spent a year as a locum in Australia. On returning to the UK, she accepted an MFDS training post in a community dental service and completed MFDS. Over the following years she gained experience in CDS and has worked as a band B dentist for a number of years. She has enjoyed a career in the community dental service for the past 16 years. She has also been involved with representative committees within the British Dental Association for the past 12 years and is the current Chair of the BDA England Community Dental Services Committee.

Twitter: @w8charlotte


Childhood Adversity Brain Development and Life Course Legacy

Dr Aideen Naughton,

Service Lead / Designated Doctor for National Safeguarding Team (NHS Wales)

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand key aspects of normal brain development across the life course.
  2. Gain oversight of the impact of adversities and stress on the brain.
  3. Introduce the ecobio developmental framework to aid understanding of why ACEs may lead to lifelong impairments in learning, physical and mental health
Read Aideen's biography...
Dr. Aideen Naughton MB BCh BAO FRCPCH MRCP (Ireland) is a Consultant Community Paediatrician and Service lead of the National Safeguarding Team with Public Health Wales NHS Trust (PHW), providing collaborative leadership across NHS Wales to improve safeguarding of children and adults at risk. She is a Clinical Research Fellow (Hon) within the Division of Population Medicine of Cardiff University and led on three systematic reviews on the features of neglect and emotional abuse in preschool, school aged children and adolescents. Aideen continues her research interest in attachment and promoting infant mental health: in ABUHB she co delivers a community based infant parent psychotherapy intervention for parents and their children aged 0-3, while in PHW She has been instrumental in the development of a National Framework for Infant Mental Health. Aideen has completed a study evaluating the potential for using an observation tool of parent infant interaction in the first two weeks of life. She is currently working on a data linkage study of outcomes and resilience factors in children at risk of child abuse and neglect. Aideen qualified from University College Dublin in 1985 and then worked in Ireland, Great Britain, the Sudan and Vietnam. She moved to Wales from London in May 2000.


Panel Discussion and Questions led by Co-Chairs


Lunch and Industry Session

Session 3


Research Prize Presentations

Co-Chairs: Sondos Albadri & Claudia Heggie


Coffee Break and Networking


Annual General Meeting


Angel of The North Quiz

6 October 2021

The 6 October Programme will also include;

Clinical Governance Prize Presentations
Clinical Case Prize Presentations
BSPD’s Outstanding Innovation Award Presentation
DCP Poster Judging and Presentations
Balloon Workshop with Dave Johnson
Yoga for Stress, with Amanda Roberts


Welcome & Introductory Remarks / Information

Chair of the Scientific Committee, Laura Gartshore

Session 1

Sights & Sounds of Childhood

Co-Chairs: Laura Gartshore & Andrew Jones


Issues with my Tissues – Being a Doctor with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Dr Hannah S Barham-Brown,

GP Trainee and Equity Campaigner, Yorkshire and the Humber. Member of BMA Council, JDC, BMA Medical Ethics Committee, BMA Equality, & Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group hannahbarhambrown.com/

Learning Objectives

  1. With reference to the BMA Disability Survey results, understand and appreciate the challenges faced by disabled children & health care practitioners
  2. Develop a basic understanding of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome with particular reference to issues facing dentists working with this patient group
  3. Appreciate the benefits of a diverse workforce on patient care in the NHS
Read Hannah's biography...
Dr Hannah Barham-Brown is a junior doctor, BMA Council member, and disability advocate. She is a member of a number of BMA committees, including their Medical Ethics Committee, and is one of three BMA representatives on the Steering Group for the national Review of the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine.
Before studying Medicine at St George’s, University of London, she graduated from Durham University with a BA Hons in Combined Arts, and from Northumbria University with a BSc Hons in Paediatric Nursing. She is an Ambassador of disability charity ‘My AFK’, and gynaecological cancer charity, ‘The Eve Appeal’, and has given two TEDx talks on the need for diversity in the NHS, and being a #RollModel. In 2019, she stood as a Council and EU Parliamentary Candidate for the Women’s Equality Party. She campaigns for disability rights on a number of fronts, including wheelchair funding, public transport access and making Primary Care facilities more accessible for hoist users. Hannah travels the country giving talks and regularly appears in a range of media outlets.
Hannah was named on the Shaw Trust’s 2018 ‘Power List’ – making her one of the 100 most Influential Disabled People in the UK, and runs a Period Poverty campaign, ‘Help In Handbags’ out of her cottage in Yorkshire.
Twitter: @HannahPopsy


Through the Eyes of a Child: Early Years Visual Development

Dr Lola Solebo,

NIHR Clinician Scientist and Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London medscilife.org/stories/dr-lola-solebo/

Learning Objectives

  1. To describe the normal trajectory of childhood development of the visual functions
  2. To give an overview of childhood visual impairment in the UK
  3. To describe the multi-disciplinary approach to improving outcomes for children with, or at risk of visual impairment
Read Lola's biography...
Dr. Lola Solebo is an NIHR Clinician Scientist within the Vision and Eyes Group, and Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London

Lola’s research is on the determinants of outcomes for children with eye disease, and how we translate these findings into practice and policy for affected children and families.



An introduction to paediatric music therapy 

Melanie Thomas

Music Therapist, Clinical Health Psychology, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the training and role of Arts therapists in paediatric healthcare
  2. Understand the neurological basis of music therapy in work with neuro-rehabilitation and neuro-diverse populations 
  3. Use of principles of music therapy in wider clinical contexts
Read Melanie’s biography...

Melanie Thomas is a Music Therapist practising at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool. Melanie has a Master of Science (MSc) focused in Psychology from The Manchester Metropolitan University.  She is highly skilled in working with Adolescents, Creative Arts, Developmental Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury and advanced training in disorders of consciousness, EMDR therapy and creativity in clinical supervision.


Thank God They Are No Longer My Problem! Do We Care About Transitional Care?

Dr Sally Hibbert,

Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the transition pathway, enabling appropriate referrals
  2. Identify with the anxieties of patients and carers negotiating the transition pathway
  3. Develop and implement pragmatic treatment plans to complement future care
Read Sally's biography...
Sally is a Consultant Paediatric Dentist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Westmead Centre for Oral Health, in Sydney, Australia.

She completed her BDS at Liverpool in 1986 and after receiving her Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh was employed as lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Liverpool, a post she held until moving to Sydney in 2002.

Whilst in Liverpool, Sally was conferred an MPhil for an investigation into genetic markers for cleft lip and palate, and completed the UK Specialist Training Pathway in Paediatric Dentistry, being awarded the Intercollegiate Speciality Fellowship in 2002.

Sally has lectured widely in the UK, Ireland and Australasia on the issues of management of anxiety in children and use of hypnosis, dental trauma and care of the primary dentition.

Current research interests include the dental management of children with complex medical co-morbidities and development of effective paediatric transition pathways.
Sally has embraced life “Down Under”, but has never forgotten her roots and tries to get back to the UK and her beloved Lake District whenever possible.

1130 -1140

Coffee Break

Session 2


Clinical Governance Prize Presentations

Co-Chairs: Sharon Lee & Scott Wright



Lunch & Poster Viewing

Session: Introduction to Balloon Modelling ( in Paediatric Dentistry) with David Johnson (Dave the Dentist)

Session 3


Clinical Case Prize Presentations

Co-Chairs: Janine Bailey & Rubya Adamji



Coffee Break and Networking

1550- 1620

BSPD’s Outstanding Innovation Award Presentation

Winner of BSPD’s Outstanding Innovation Award Presentation

1620 – 1645

Closing Remarks /prizes presentation/ Launch 2022

Incoming President, Sondos Albadri

Key Dates

Submission Open

29 November 2021

Submission Closes

29 March 2022


3 May 2022

Early Registration Deadline

17 May 2022

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