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.
CATHERINE BLACK, TRAINEE REPRESENTATIVE (PAEDIATRICS)
Catherine is a paediatric registrar working in the Northern Ireland deanery. She graduated form the University of Manchester in 2011. She has an interest in child public health policy and epidemiology research and also completed a Masters in Public Health and Global Health in 2010. She has worked on epidemiology research projects with the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast, focusing on chronic diseases and cancers affecting children and young people.
DR ANN HOSKINS, THEME LEAD (POLICY)
Dr Ann Hoskins (MB BCh, BAO, MCommH, FFPHM) has over 30 years’ experience working in public health in the UK and in the Republic of Yemen. She has successfully led innovations in health strategy, policy development and programme implementation to improve health and service delivery. She has local, regional and national senior leadership experience with Public Health England, Deputy Director Health and Wellbeing: Healthy People; NHS North West Strategic Health Authority, Director Children, Young People and Maternity; and Manchester and Wirral Health Authorities, Director of Public Health.
She has a career-long commitment to improve socio-economic opportunities by reducing health inequalities and is passionate about the importance of early years development for future life chances.
INGRID WOLFE, EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP & PUBLIC HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE (ENGLAND)
Dr Ingrid Wolfe is Director of the Children and Young People’s Health Partnership in Lambeth and Southwark. She is a Consultant in Child Public Health at Evelina London Children’s Healthcare and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Child Public Health at Kings College London. She is co-Chair of the British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health.
Ingrid is qualified in paediatrics and public health, which has enabled her to be a children’s doctor in a very broad sense of the term. She has on-the-ground insight from clinical practice, and a population perspective from public health. These two aspects come together in her academic work, which focuses on children’s health services, systems and policy in the UK and European countries, and in her NHS work where she is leading the development and evaluation of a new model of children’s health care in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.
Ingrid’s goal is to improve UK child health through strengthening and applying science in children’s health services, systems, and policy, so she publishes and speaks widely on these subjects.
LUCY REYNOLDS, PAEDIATRICS REPRESENTATIVE (SCOTLAND)
During the first ten years of her consultant post in Glasgow, in addition to her clinical commitments in community paediatrics, Lucy worked 2 days a week in the Health Board's Maternal and Child Public Health Team. Responsibilities over the years included co-ordination of Pregnancy and Newborn Screening, child health surveillance, locality profiles (including child health input to www.understandingglasgow.com), and chairing the group that developed the national Scottish Personal Child Health Record, introduced in 2010.
Since losing those child public health sessions in 2012, Lucy manages to continue some population-level work through an interest in informatics – particularly systems and data supporting services for children with disability and 'vulnerability'.
Clinical work covering an area with a disparity in male life expectancy approaching 20 years between richest and poorest keeps a strong interest in child health inequalities very much alive.
DR MICHELLE HEYS, THEME LEAD (KNOWLEDGE)
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, THEME LEAD KNOWLEDGE (EDUCATION & TRAINING)
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.