Schools: Chronic Health Needs Awareness seminar

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL AUTUMN 2021 - Please contact us to be added to the waitlist

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Evelina London Children's Healthcare is one of the largest providers of children's services in London. We are home to a comprehensive range of specialist services in child healthcare.

The Chronic Health Needs Awareness seminar brings together experts from across Evelina to share the latest guidelines, evidence, good practice and where relevant, the impact of Covid-19 on the management of chronic conditions in young people.

Participants will not only have access to experts in their respective fields but will also:

  • gain greater insight into - and awareness of - listed areas
  • update their professional knowledge
  • learn about important updates to medication, devices and treatments
  • gain confidence about where to access reliable evidence based sources of information
  • gain 9 continuous professional development (CPD) hours

These days are aimed towards healthcare professionals and school nurses who provide direct support to children and young people in schools to manage chronic health needs or deliver training and support to the employees of educational establishments.


  • employees of educational settings who have responsibility for supporting CYP with chronic health needs
  • school nurses
  • looked after children (LAC) nurses
  • support staff
  • schools and community public health nursing (SCPHN) students


Day 1: Monday 25th January 2021, 13:30-17:00 hrs

  • 13.15 - Log in
  • 13.30 - Sleep
  • 14.45 - Eczema
  • 15.30 - Break
  • 15.45 - Epilepsy
  • 17.00 - Close

Day 2: Tuesday 26th January 2021, 13:30-17:00 hrs

  • 13.15 - Log in
  • 13.30 - Sickle cell
  • 14.45 - Diabetes
  • 15.30 - Break
  • 15.45 - Asthma
  • 17.00 - Close

Day 3: Wednesday 27th January 2021, 13:30-17:00 hrs

  • 13.15 - Log in
  • 13.30 - Allergy
  • 14.45 - Constipation
  • 15.30 - Break
  • 15.45 - Continence
  • 17.00 - Close

Fees and payment


  • Student participants - £75.00
  • External participants - £150.00 (non-GSTT)
  • GSTT staff - FREE


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We reserve the right to cancel your booking if you do not return your completed prior to the event.

Booking queries

Evelina Education, Evelina London Children's Hospital


Tel: 020 718 80853


Katherine Knight (Allergy)

The Children’s Allergy Service, the largest of its kind in Europe, covers allergy diagnosis and management, difficult asthma and allergic rhinitis, immunotherapy and drug allergy.

The nursing team are active in the training of local school nurses and health visitors as well as providing national and international allergy education.

Katherine is an experienced children’s allergy nurse specialist who has been with Evelina for the past 7 years. She is currently working on finalising her MSc in allergy.

Dr Michael Farquhar (Sleep)

Evelina London provides comprehensive assessment and management across the whole spectrum of paediatric sleep disorders, including the largest group of children with narcolepsy in the UK.

Mike Farquhar has been a consultant in sleep medicine at Evelina London Children’s Hospital since 2012, and holds weekly general sleep, hypersomnia and adolescent sleep clinics.

Mike and colleagues worked with the PSHE Association to include teaching about sleep in the English school curriculum, emphasising the importance of children, young people, and families learning to prioritise sleep.

The Children & Young People's Health Partnership (CYPHP) (Asthma & Constipation)

The Children & Young People's Health Partnership (CYPHP) is unique in the UK and aims to provide an evidence based healthcare model for children and young people within the community, bridging the gap between hospital and community services and coordinating care across providers.

The health team supports families and children living with long-term conditions and work closely with school nurses, ensuring children have appropriate management and emergency plans within school.

The multi-disciplinary CYPHP clinical team includes Paediatric Nurse Specialists who specialise in asthma, constipation and eczema. Nurses regularly undertake enhanced training and courses including master classes, diplomas and physical assessment courses.

Barbara Widmer (Diabetes)

Evelina London Children’s Hospital diabetes service cares for children and young people with diabetes, including support for children in the intensive care unit, children with diabetes and kidney disease and children requiring surgical intervention.

The diabetes service have extensive experience of delivering education and support in schools, to community healthcare professionals and family and carers. The team are also actively involved in supporting research.

Barbara Widmer has worked as a Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Specialist in the diabetes service for 14 years. Her research portfolio includes a project which assessed the benefits of planned hospital admissions in the management of diabetes in children; and she is currently involved in a study looking at the transition from primary to secondary school.

Amada Tomalin (Epilepsy)

The epilepsy team see children who are referred from within Evelina London Children’s Hospital and from clinics across south east England. This highly specialised service is run by three specialist consultants and two specialist epilepsy nurses.

The service includes a ketogenic diet clinic, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) clinic, the Dravet’s Syndrome clinic and monthly epilepsy / neurodisability clinics.

Amanda has an MSc in epilepsy and teaches on the national PET (Paediatric Epilepsy Training) courses. She is a contributing membership of the South East Thames Paediatric Epilepsy Group (SETPEG), acts as a nurse representative on the RCPCH OPEN UK (Organisation of Paediatric Epilepsy Networks) group and is part of the RCPCH EQIP (Epilepsy Quality Improvement Programme) advisory board.

Nkechi Anyanwu (Sickle Cell)

The South East London Community Sickle & Thalassaemia service provide services for adults, young people and children with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia and their families.

The team work to increase patients coping strategies in the community, helping to reduce hospital admission rates. Nurses advocate for clients with major haemoglobinopathies and strive to raise awareness amongst the local population.

Nkechi, clinical lead for the service, is the Chair for Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Association of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Professionals (STANMAP); the specialist nurse representative on the National Haemoglobinopathy Panel UK; and the co-lead for Nursing in the South Thames Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Network (STSTN).

Kathryn Dean (Moderator)

The Evelina School Nursing team have been recognised for their service delivery using digital technology and support of clients’ gender diversity.

Kathryn (pronouns She/Her), a qualification as a Specialist Public Health Nurse, joined the team in 2013 and is a Practice Development Lead. She works with the Evelina education team and HEIs in training the next generation of health practitioners. In August, Kathryn supported Evelina practitioners graduating as School Nurses to facilitate a nationwide online forum to share School Nursing Practice. She is currently working on a service development project involving commissioners & providers to enhance the delivery of emotional wellbeing for C&YP.

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