Find out more about the panellists and facilitators at the morning plenary sessions below.
Plenary Session 1: Inspiring school-aged children into health care careers
Can children’s hospitals co-ordinate inspiring programmes across multiple healthcare disciplines with the help of external partners?
Emma palmer – Apprenticeship Vocational Training Lead
My name is Emma Palmer; I am the Apprenticeship Vocational Training Lead for the Apprenticeship Service at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. I joined the Trust 18 months ago, bringing with me 17 years of experience working in further education. My role is to lead on the delivery and quality assurance of Apprenticeship training which is available to all staff within the Trust, as part of workforce planning. I coach and support the team to ensure our delivery of Apprenticeship training and quality assurance is to a high standard, resulting in positive outcomes for staff.
I also support on strategy and compliance due to all aspects of Apprenticeship training being embedded into all Government legislation. Part of my role is the Deputy Nominee to Ofsted as part of Government inspections, to ensure the Alder Hey Apprenticeship service provides education and training to a high standard for all students. Apprenticeships are a fantastic route for creating pathways and a more diverse and inclusive workforce. As part of the Apprenticeship Service we hope to make a real difference for the staff at Alder Hey.
Anne Doyle – Volunteer Manager
My name is Anne Doyle and I am the volunteer manager at Alder Hey where I have been part of the Patient Experience Team for 4 years. My role is to recruit, train and support our volunteers. I identify and develop roles within the Trust to enable a positive patient experience and provide a fulfilling and rewarding volunteer programme. We currently have in excess of 600 hours per week volunteered by our volunteers and they are instantly recognisable in their pink uniforms.
Volunteers come to Alder Hey for many varied reasons and one is as a form of experience to go on to education or a career in healthcare, or to discover it is or isn’t for them. I am passionate about the benefits of volunteering for supporting physical and mental wellbeing, and supporting the local community.
Plenary Session 2: School leaver to undergraduate - understanding the transition
Educationalists and psychologists from schools, universities, and hospital placements give their views on this important phase
Dr Jo Potier De La Morandiere - Associate Director of Organisational Development/Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Jo is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Associate Director of Organisational Development at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. She has developed and lead a number of services including a large and nationally recognised Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and more recently a staff support service. She has expertise in complex mental health, organisational culture, leadership and staff wellbeing. In addition to her NHS roles, she has also worked as subject matter expert to the national College of Policing, expert witness to the Family Courts and consultant to Serious Case Review panels. She is also currently training to be an Executive Coach. She is passionate about enabling organisations to create compassionate, just and learning cultures where people feel safe and well and can deliver the work and care that they aspire to.
Dr Mary Stevenson
In my early career I taught mathematics in secondary schools and a sixth form college, including two Head of Mathematics positions. This was followed by 21 years as a senior lecturer at Liverpool Hope University, where I worked in initial teacher training, devised and taught professional development programmes for serving teachers, led a mathematics undergraduate degree pathway, and taught on mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) and MA modules.
In 2018 I moved to the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), and my work is now focussed on in-service programmes for teachers, providing specialist secondary mathematics professional development expertise to enhance the work of the NCETM and to provide expert support for the national Maths Hubs Programme.
My name is Jean Maguire and I retired last September from Alder Hey after working for over 41 years in the NHS. My first post was as a medical secretary for 6 ½ years at the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital Myrtle Street, moving on to Alder Hey for promotion in August 1984.
Over the years my role there changed from being a PA to the Professor who was Head of the Department of Child Health, along with managing staff in that Department and administering the medical student programme, to becoming a full time Undergraduate Administrator as the student numbers increased. I am married to a retired Nurse, who worked with people with learning disability and we have two grown up children.
I very much enjoyed supporting the students in their training programme over the many years that I worked at Alder Hey and have seen many changes to the curriculum that the students have followed as part of their training. In my spare time I very much enjoy reading especially historical mysteries. I also like to spend time in my garden as well visiting and walking around the many parks in Liverpool when possible.
I was a Junior Church Teacher/Leader for many years and have since my retirement become a volunteer at a foodbank which helps people in the Speke and Garston areas.
Plenary Session 3: How was the children’s hospital placement for you
Hearing the views and experiences of current and recent healthcare undergraduate students and course representatives
Shane D’Souza- medical student
Shane is a final year medical student at the University of Liverpool and an alumnus of the University of Oxford. From very early in his career Shane has been passionate about promoting excellence within medical education and academia, he will be embarking on the Academic Foundation Programme as a junior doctor in August. His academic experiences of paediatrics began in the early years of medical school whilst a research scholar at the Institute of Infection and Global Health.
He undertook one of the largest prospective studies on predictive serum biomarkers of post-operative bacterial infection in the paediatric intensive care unit. He has presented at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Annual Meeting, International Sepsis Symposium and has a first-author publication in Paediatric Critical Care Medicine. Currently, he is working on projects in ophthalmology and in paediatrics, his long-term goal is to become an academic paediatric ophthalmologist. In his spare time, Shane enjoys running and teaching students; he is the founder of MediTutor©, a medical start up that helps aspiring medical, dental and veterinary medicine applicants.
Charlie (Charlotte) Jarvis- Paediatric Nurse
I am a paediatric nurse and I work on Ward 3C in Alder Hey, which is the Medical Specialties ward. I graduated with a 2:1 in Children’s Nursing from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery in King’s College London in 2016. After qualifying I started work on the General Medical, Haematology and Respiratory ward in the Variety Children’s Hospital at King’s College Hospital.
One year later, I moved back up north and started work at Alder Hey. I have just returned to work after a year of maternity leave and feel very much like I’m a brand new nurse starting all over again! I strongly feel that a nurse’s learning and development of skills is never finished, and this is something I am always encouraging in students. I think it is important to always be seeking extra learning opportunities and preach that no question is a silly question!
Nick Searle- Newly qualified radiographer at Alder Hey
As a newly qualified Diagnostic Radiographer, I have been fortunate to start my career at Alder Hey, working with some of the most enthusiastic and inspirational health care professionals and patients I have ever met. As a parent of 2, and self proclaimed "big kid", I enjoy the prospect of working with young people, putting smiles on faces, and assisting with the diagnosis and treatment pathways of our future generation.
Prior to studying diagnostic radiography at the university of Liverpool, I graduated from Liverpool John Moores university in 2006 where I studied in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and fell in love with Liverpool as a city. Since which, I have been fortunate enough to travel the world, work in healthcare and education, and gain some invaluable life experience along the way. However, a burning desire to return to education and further my learning of anatomy and physiology, with a view to put this knowledge to greater use, led me apply for the degree in diagnostic radiography as a mature student where I carried out the majority of my training in the radiology department at the Liverpool Royal city centre hospital.
Holly Thompson- Student Physiotherapist
My name is Holly Thompson and I am a third year Physiotherapy student at the University of Liverpool. I completed my first clinical placement at Alder Hey which was 8 weeks in Critical Care. I have had experience in other placements including General Medicine and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Aintree, Complex Rehab Unit at The Walton Centre, Elective Orthopaedics at Clatterbridge Hospital, and I am due to complete a placement in MSK Outpatients at Arrow Park Hospital. I am currently in the job application process and I hope to achieve a band 5 role in Paediatrics.
Alex Strang- Dental student
Alex is a final year dental student at the University of Liverpool with an interest in Paediatric Dentistry. Alex finds changing anxious patients’ perceptions of dentistry highly rewarding and is currently in the process of completing a project investigating undergraduate dental students’ experiences at Alder Hey. As a former education secretary for Liverpool University Dental Students’ Society, he hopes to be involved in educating the next generation of dentists during his career.
Jared Murphy- Plenary organiser and facilitator
I’m Jared, I organised this plenary session and am helping Professor Southern with the running of it too.
I am a final year medical student who’s just graduated with an intercalated master’s degree in child health. I will be starting work in August as an academic foundation doctor, focussing on medical education and ultimately, I plan on becoming a paediatrician. So to be involved in CHESS has been an amazing opportunity to combine both child health and education!
I am so pleased and excited that so many job roles (students or recently starting out on their career) are coming together on this panel to share their experiences about their time as an undergraduate in a children & young person’s hospital. Please do get involved by asking questions and sharing ideas. I hope you enjoy and learn loads from the plenary and the whole day!
Professor Kevin Southern- Plenary facilitator
Professor Southern joined the University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on the 1st January 2000. He is Director of the Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales Network of Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Care with responsibility for the care of over 300 children with CF in the North West of England. He is the Chief Investigator for the national UK CF START study, a trial funded by the UK government to evaluate the safest and most effective antibiotic treatment strategy for infants with CF. In 2007, he helped establish the national UK Newborn Screening Programme for CF and he now chairs the national Board overseeing this programme. He was Leader of the European CF Society Neonatal Screening Working Group for more than ten years, handing over to Professor Jürg Barben in 2019. He is an Editor for the international Cochrane Review Group evaluating evidence for therapies for people with CF. In addition to his editorial role, he has written and contributed to 12 systematic reviews and his research is focused on translating evidence into practice. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles on cystic fibrosis and is internationally respected for his work on newborn screening. He is the joint editor of a textbook sponsored by the European CF Society, the “Early CF Years”. He is an elected member and Treasurer of the ECFS Board and, as such, has a global perspective on the issues facing people with CF.
He has recently become involved in developing the paediatric curriculum at the University of Liverpool Medical School.
Plenary Session 4: Why did you choose a child-health postgraduate degree/career?
Hearing from graduates on different career paths (higher degree/employment etc) on what influenced their choice.
Emma graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2018. At present, she works as a Dental Core Trainee at Liverpool Dental Hospital and prepares to enter an academic clinical training pathway in the near future.Emma has had the opportunity to engage with a number of undergraduates and young dentists through her role as undergraduate ambassador for the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry.
Initially studied Building Surveying at university, sat through lessons on concrete etc. Qualified but thankfully recession hit and allowed me to focus on something I was much better suited to. So I quickly went back University to do a joint degree in Paed nursing and social work @ Edge Hill Uni.
Felt initially more pulled towards Social Work having read a Boy Called It and various othrt books/films etc my mum had at the time when I was a teen and always had this tug toward helping people. However as the 3 years went by and was assured a job in Alder Hey as a nurse I joined there and have worked here since qualifying in Oct 2015.
I felt more supported in nursing and was given good exposure in a number of different wards including Neonatal, Neurosurgical and Community nursing during my training. I qualified and had a transient starting initially starting very briefly on the Neurosurgical ward but within a couple of months I completed a top up to the social work degree whilst at Alder Hey and moved quickly into Safeguarding. After a while the job moved more from early help provision to complex discharge and worked part time in tis for a while whilst completing clinical sifts on the general medical ward too.
I am now working as the Lead nurse within the complex discharge team however this is a new title and I am still often referred to as the Nurse Social Worker and happy with this as I am the only Social worker within the trust aside from the oncology ones. My role is less clinical now and more focussed on resolving the blocks to discharge, helping set up care packages as well as a whole host of other tasks such as early help provision and general liaising with school nurses, community nurses and social care teams etc.
Ultimately I am now working to provide a better provision of care for our very complex children and seeking to provide a more timely and cost effective discharge.
Kamran Mahmood - MBBS, MRCPCH,FRCPCH (UK) - Consultant Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatologist
I am a consultant paediatric rheumatologist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Alder Hey is Europe’s largest paediatric unit and centre of excellence for juvenile lupus.
I completed my paediatric and sub-speciality training in the UK. I care for children and young people with a wide spectrum of inflammatory and non-inflammatory rheumatological conditions. I have a special interest in inflammatory bone disease and auto-inflammatory conditions. I am one of the international leads on clinical research in chronic non-bacterial osteomyelitis. In addition, I am currently principal investigator of multiple clinical trials.
My other interest is medical education. I am one of the RCPCH College Tutors at Alder Hey, responsible for the delivery of the postgraduate paediatric programme. I am also the lead for Alder Hey’s international rheumatology fellowship programme.