Programme

We are pleased to annouce that the conference has been awarded 6 CPD points by The Royal College of Pathologists.

We are delighted the following highly respected experts will chair the sessions:

  • Prof Alan Cameron, Vice President Clinical Quality, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
  • Prof Neena Modi, President, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health
  • Professor Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive, Royal College of  Midwives.

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The delegates’ programme is as follows:

  • Welcome and introduction – The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames MP
  • Overview of neonatal Group B Streptococcal (GBS) disease – what it is and why it’s important – Dr Alison Bedford Russell, Consultant Neonatologist, Medical Director Birmingham Women’s NHSFT
  • The burden of invasive GBS disease in young infants in the UK & Republic of Ireland – Dr Catherine O’Sullivan, Research Fellow to Prof Paul Heath, Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group, St George’s, University of London
  • Epidemiology of adult and infant GBS disease in England & Wales – Dr Theresa Lamagni, Senior Epidemiologist, Healthcare Associated Infection & Antimicrobial Resistance Department, Public Health England
  • GBS prevention strategies – UK & International (risk based, screening and vaccination) – Prof Philip Steer,  Emeritus professor of obstetrics at Imperial College, editor emeritus of BJOG
  • UK NSC GBS Screening policy and review – Prof Alan Cameron, Vice President Clinical Quality, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and Member of the UK National Screening Committee
  • RCOG recommendations / audit – Dr Andrew Thomson, Co-Chair, Guidelines Committee, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
  • Questions of the Morning Speakers – Chaired by Prof Neena Modi, President, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health
  • Lunch, exhibition and networking
  • GBS screening & lab diagnostics in UK & continental Europe (standard, enhanced culture, molecular) – Prof Androulla Efstratiou, Director, WHO Global Collaborating Centre for Diphtheria & Streptococcal Infections, Visiting Professor Imperial College Faculty of Medicine
  • Introducing a GBS screening programme in a UK setting
    • Introduction: Dr G Gopal Rao OBE, Consultant Microbiologist, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
    • Midwife experience:  Mrs Grace Nartey, Matron Midwife, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
    • Neonatal unit experience: Dr Richard Nicholl, Consultant Neonatologist, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
    • Impact on congenital pneumonia in neonates: Dr Reshmi Raychaudhuri, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
    • Patient experience survey: Dr Fiona McQuaid, Clinical Research Fellow, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
    • Overview: Dr G Gopal Rao OBE, Consultant Microbiologist, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
  • The legal viewpoint – Mrs Alison Eddy, Head of Clinical Negligence London, Irwin Mitchell
  • Cost/benefit analyses – Prof Tracy Roberts, Professor of Health Economics and Head of Unit, Health Economics Unit, School of Health and Population Science, University of Birmingham
  • Panel discussion of controversies in GBS prevention – Overuse of antibiotics, Long term effects of antibiotics, Anaphylaxis and Antibiotic resistance – Dr Alison Bedford Russell, Prof Alan Cameron, Prof Neena Modi, Dr Catherine O’Sullivan, Dr Guduru Gopal Rao, Prof Philip Steer and Dr Andrew Thomson
  • Questions of the afternoon speakers – chaired by Prof Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives
  • Summing up and close – Prof Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives