BACAPH's ambitious aim is to set out a blueprint to meet the health and wellbeing needs of children and young people now and in the future. To do this, we confront controversial questions of policy that matter to children and young people; illuminate topics that deserve more attention; and promote research and training towards solving important problems of health and wellbeing.
Our three strategic goals are:
Policy: To promote the development and implementation of evidence-based child public health programmes nationally and locally.
Advocacy: To act as advocates in partnership with others on significant issues requiring multi-disciplinary co-ordinated responses, such as health inequality and child poverty.
Knowledge: To promote research that brings new science to long standing questions, and provide training to help provide the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the diverse and growing challenges in child public health.
Specific areas of BACAPH’s work include:
Raising the profile of child and adolescent public health both among the general public and within relevant professional group
Acting as a source of expert opinion on child and adolescent public health issues
Leading and assisting the development of strong public health policy for families and children
Identifying topics for child health advocacy and working with partners such as the Faculty of Public Health, the British Association of Community Child Health, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to develop clear guidance
Working with organisations dedicated to reducing health inequalities, for example, the Institute of Health Equity, the British Medical Association, and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
Supporting the use of evidence in policy making, service planning, commissioning, provision, and regulation
Promoting research and the creation of a robust evidence base for child and adolescent public health interventions
Promoting and providing training, development, and education to improve the public health competence of systems relevant to children, young people, and families
Enabling communication between colleagues working on child and adolescent public health.
INGRID WOLFE, CO-CHAIR
Dr Ingrid Wolfe is Director of King's Health Partners Women and Children's Health. She is a Consultant in Paediatric Population Health at Evelina London Children's Hospital, and Clinical Reader in Paediatrics and Child Health at King's College London. She is Director of CHILDS, a clinical-academic partnership for improving child health in South London.
Ingrid is qualified in paediatrics and public health, enabling her to be a children's doctor with a very broad perspective. She has on-the-ground insight from clinical practice, and an understanding of the population from public health. These two aspects come together in her NHS and academic work focusing on improving child health through strengthening healthcare, health systems, and informing policy in the UK and Europe. She leads several research programmes designing and testing interventions to improve child health.
Ingrid's goal is to improve child health through advancing and applying science in children's health services, systems and policy, so she publishes and speaks widely on these subject.
SIMON LENTON, CO-CHAIR
Simon is now retired from NHS clinical practice where he used to be a consultant paediatrician in community child health with lead roles in safeguarding and children's palliative care.
He is dually qualified in paediatrics and public health and in the past has been a policy adviser in the Department of Health, a Vice President in the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and wrote the Child Friendly Health Care guidelines for the Council of Europe.
His particular interest is the design and development of integrated health systems with a particular focus on quality improvement. He is currently developing educational materials (the B-BISS mini-modules) to aid the implementation of the NHS long-term plan.
Simon's long-term aspiration is to see the establishment of population health management for children and families in the UK.
DR ANN HOSKINS
MB BCh, BAO, MCommH, FFPHM
Ann has over 30 years experience working in public health in the UK and the Republic of Yemen. She has successfully led innovations in health strategy, policy development, and programme implementation to improve health and tackle health inequalities. She has held local, regional and national senior PH leadership positions, with a special interest in children and families.
She is now retired but continues her interest in maternal and child health, and is the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) lead for BACAPH, and is on the FPH policy committee. She is passionate about prevention and tackling health inequalities.
Her long term aspiration is to see the health system recognize the importance of prevention in children, young people and families for the health of future generations. This will include finding the resources to fulfil this aspiration.
Joe is a public health specialty registrar training in the East Midlands region.
Prior to training, Joe worked in local and regional NHS commissioning, national health and care regulation, and national children's public health roles. He has a Master's degree from Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
Joe acts as the Chair of the specialty registrar sub-group of the Faculty of Public Health's children and young people special interest group.
DR MICHELLE HEYS
Dr Michelle is a Child and Adolescent Global Population Health Scientist and a clinically active paediatrican with over 12 years FTWE of experience in clinical paediatrics in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong. She has 3 years FTWE in public health (UK and Hong Kong); and just over 3 years FTWE for research post award of my MD(Res), (UK and Hong Kong). Dr Michelle is a mixed methods researcher. She is the PI for the NeoTree project: a co-produced eHealth solution to improve quality of care for sick and vulnerable newborns and thus reduce neonatal mortality in resource poor settings. Dr Michelle leads the clinical care in the community for children and young people with cerebral palsy in Newham, East London, where she also clinically cares for those with other complex neurodisabilities and socially vulnerable children and young people.
Rosie Kyeremateng is a consultant community paediatrician in Bristol with professional interests in Public Health and Global health. She is committed to health education and enabling clinicians to understand Public Health and implement this in their work.
Rosie developed a clinical and academic Public Health placement, which was subsequently incorporated into the paediatric training programme (and included submission of a successful business case for funding). This experience has given her valuable insight into the creation and maintenance of training opportunities.
As an intern with the World Health Organization in the department of Children’s Environmental Health, Rosie was actively involved in the development of educational material, and dissemination of teaching and learning in Children’s Environmental Health, for Europe and Africa. Presently, she lectures on the Global Health BSc at Bristol University, and she teaches Public Health to paediatric doctors in training at their regional training day.