6th Adam Bojelian Memorial Talk by Dr Karen Horridge

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6th Adam Bojelian Memorial Talk EQUAL OUTCOMES FOR ALL DISABLED CHILDREN ? by Dr Karen Horridge , Consultant Paediatrician (Disability)

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  • Due to Covid-19 #AdsTalk21 will move on-line, but will replicate as far as possible the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the talk and network delegates have appreciated at previous face to face AdsTalks.

We hope the move on-line will make #AdsTalk21 even more accessible by removing the need to travel to the event.


The 6th Adam Bojelian Talk:

'Equal Outcomes for All Disabled Children?'

will be given by Dr Karen Horridge (@KarenHorridge) and chaired by Rob Webster (@NHS_RobW).

Dr Karen Horridge is a disability paediatrician in South Tyneside and Sunderland with over 36 years of NHS clinical experience.

Current additional roles include:

  • Chair, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Informatics for Quality Committee, working towards harmonisation of terminologies to underpin robust data collection at the point of care, to make each and every need of all children visible.
  • Co-Director, Paediatric Disability Distance Learning Courses, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, aspiring to educate the workforce to achieve better and more equal outcomes for disabled children and young people.
  • Clinical lead, and both free resources, co-produced with disabled children, parent carers and other experts, aimed to support those who may work or volunteer with disabled children and young people to reflect on their attitudes and be more confident with reasonable adjustments to achieve better outcomes.
  • Associate editor, Trustee and Board Director, Mac Keith Press, which produces the journal Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology and red book series, both to improve the evidence-base for healthcare for disabled children and young people.
  • Previous roles have included chairing the British Academy of Childhood Disability and leading on the neurodisability training programme for paediatricians training to care for disabled children and young people.
  • Research active, with >50 peer-reviewed publications.

Rob Webster is Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and is responsible for leading the organisation and its 4200 staff. Rob is also Lead Chief Executive for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership [Integrated Care System]. This sees him bringing together West Yorkshire and Harrogate health and care leaders, organisations and communities to deliver ambitious plans for improved health, care and finances for 2.7 million people. Rob is an active member of the NHS Assembly and contributes to a number of national programmes.

Rob has worked in healthcare since 1990, taking on national leadership roles in the Department of Health on policy, transformation and delivery. He has been a director for both the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office and a national public/private partnership. He was Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation between 2014 and 2016, having proven to be a successful Chief Executive in the NHS since 2007, running a number of commissioning organisations and providers of NHS services. He has chaired formal cancer, primary care, community trust and learning disability networks.

Rob is defined by a values based approach to leadership. He is a visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University and was proud to be made a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2014. In May 2016, Rob became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. In 2020 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

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