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					                       5th Welsh Immunisation Conference
           Wednesday 12th March 2008 – Venue Cymru, Llandudno Conference Centre
              Programme and additional information about speakers/presenters



  Time                                        Subject and Biographies


9.15          Registration and tea/coffee. Visit exhibition and/or posters.


10.00         Welcome
              Joint Chairman: Dr Richard Roberts MB BS BSc DCH MPH FFPH. Head of the
              Immunisation and Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme, National Public Health
              Service for Wales.
              Richard is a Member of UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. He has been a
              medical doctor for 20 years, worked in hospital and community Paediatrics and General
              Practice. Also received public health training in Health Promotion Wales and CDSC Wales and
              has worked for a period in Gaza. Richard has published articles and has research interests on
              a range of subjects including surveillance and immunisation. He edited and co-authored the
              1999 MMR Mythbuster - a communication tool designed to enable healthcare professionals
              assist parents make fully informed decisions about MMR vaccine. This was used in Wales and
              Northern Ireland and adapted for use in Scotland and Ireland. Richard provides regular
              interviews in English and Welsh on immunisation topics for the Welsh press and media.

              Joint Chairman: David Morgan, FRPharmS MCPP. Regional Immunisation Co-ordinator,
              NPHS.
              David is based in the NPHS Health Protection Team in Mold, North Wales. He is also a
              Consultant in Pharmaceutical Public Health and finds that the two roles support each other well
              (as vaccines are medicines!). David was originally a hospital pharmacist in Cardiff but
              developed his interest in immunisation on moving to North Wales in 1989. David is co-author of
              the MMR Mythbuster Pack originally developed in North Wales. He has a particular interest in
              improving immunisation uptake for both children and adults. David’s hobbies are walking hills
              and mountains, visiting the major opera houses, ushering at Clwyd Theatr Cymru and eating
              plain chocolate.

              Welcome: Dr Sara Hayes, Senior Medical Officer, Department of Public Health and
              Health Professions, Welsh Assembly Government.
              Following completion of vocational training for general practice, Sara spent 3 years in
              community paediatrics before entering public health. She was appointed to her first consultant
              post in 2000 with Iechyd Morgannwg Health and then as a Consultant in Communicable
              Disease Control in 2002 with the same health authority. In July 2007, Sara was seconded
              into the Welsh Assembly Government as Senior Medical Officer covering Health Protection.



10.15         Plenary session: HPV campaign update

              Dr Richard Peevor, Clinical Research Fellow, Gynaecological Oncology, UHW
              Dr Richard Peevor is a Year 5, Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is
              taking time out of his clinical training programme to work with Professor Fiander's HPV
              research team at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. He is currently undertaking research



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              on the characterisation of HPV infection with the aim of achieving an MD research degree.
              Following the two year project he hopes to sub specialise in Gynaecological Oncology.



10.50         Plenary session: TB and BCG programme update

              Dr Lika Nehaul, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, NPHS Pontypool.

              Lika has worked in Gwent (Wales) as a CCDC since June 2005, and is the NPHS TB
              Programme Lead. For the last 2 years, he has been the Welsh representative (Observer
              status) on the Joint Tuberculosis Committee of the British Thoracic Society.


11.25         Tea/Coffee


11.55         Plenary session: Travel Health update

              Carolyn Driver RGN RM RHV MSc (Travel Medicine) FFTM RCPS (Glas)
              Independent Travel Health and Immunisation Specialist Nurse
              Carolyn divides her time between advising travellers in the Travel Clinic at Liverpool School of
              Tropical Medicine and lecturing on Travel Health issues. She is an associate trainer for the
              National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) and is also a bank member of the
              team who run their telephone helpline. She is the first Nurse to have chaired the British Travel
              Health Association and is a member of the RCN Travel Health Forum Steering Committee and
              the Travel Industry and Public Education Committee of the International Society of Travel
              Medicine. She is an honorary tutor and examiner on the Glasgow Foundation and Diploma in
              Travel Medicine courses and is a Fellow and board member of the Faculty of Travel medicine
              of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.



12.30         Plenary session: Immunising the immuno-compromised child

              Dr David Baxter, Stockport PCT



1.10          Lunch and visits to posters and stands


2.10          Plenary session: HPV vaccination – implementation issues

              Ms Anne McGowan, Nurse Immunisation Co-ordinator, Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust

              Anne McGowan has over 25 years experience working within the NHS first as a nurse in Guys
              Hospital and then as a midwife and Health Visitor in London, Plymouth and more recently in
              Wales. She has conducted health related work in Gujerat, India. In 2006 she completed a MPH
              in Cardiff, her thesis compared the social – economic status of parents who refuse consent to
              routine childhood immunisations. She currently works as a Nurse Immunisation Co-ordinator
              for Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust and is the UK nurse member for the Joint Committee
              Vaccination and Immunisation.


2.50 – 3.45   Workshops – choose 2 out of 4. Tea/coffee available in workshops.
3.50 – 4.45


(55 mins)     Workshop: Hepatitis B vaccination

              Dr Elizabeth McCruden, Consultant Virologist, Welsh Specialist Virology Centre, Cardiff



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              Attended Medical School in Glasgow 1965-1972 and gained MB ChB and a BSc (Hons in
              Physiology). Medical and Surgical House jobs were in Glasgow and then worked as an
              anaesthetist, initially fulltime then part time and gained the FFARCS. Had a spell working in the
              Blood Transfusion Service running Donor Sessions then eventually became a Registrar in
              Virology in 1984. Appointed Senior Lecturer in Virology at Glasgow University and Honorary
              Consultant Virologist in 1989 and spent 18 years devoted to diagnostic virology, lecturing and
              both clinical and basic research into hepatitis C, adenovirus and HSV in the Institute of
              Virology in Glasgow. Appointed Lead Clinical Virologist for Wales in April 2007.


(55 mins)     Workshop: Travel Health

              Carolyn Driver RGN RM RHV MSc (Travel Medicine) FFTM RCPS (Glas)
              Independent Travel Health and Immunisation Specialist Nurse
              Carolyn divides her time between advising travellers in the Travel Clinic at Liverpool School of
              Tropical Medicine and lecturing on Travel Health issues. She is an associate trainer for the
              National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) and is also a bank member of the
              team who run their telephone helpline. She is the first Nurse to have chaired the British Travel
              Health Association and is a member of the RCN Travel Health Forum Steering Committee and
              the Travel Industry and Public Education Committee of the International Society of Travel
              Medicine. She is an honorary tutor and examiner on the Glasgow Foundation and Diploma in
              Travel Medicine courses and is a Fellow and board member of the Faculty of Travel medicine
              of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow



(55 mins)     Workshop: Immunisation resources

              Dr Simon Cottrell, Epidemiologist, NPHS CDSC Wales / Vaccine Preventable Disease
              Programme
              Simon works as an epidemiologist for the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre of the
              National Public Health Service for Wales and is the scientist for the NPHS Wales Vaccine
              Preventable Disease Programme. Simon graduated from the University of Wales Swansea
              with a BSc in Biochemistry in 1995. On completion of his PhD studies at Cardiff University in
              2003, Simon worked as a research associate for Cardiff University investigating beneficial
              effects of probiotic bacteria against causes and outcomes of hospital acquired infection and
              antibacterial modes of action against antibiotic resistant bacteria.
              Simon took up his current post in NPHS Wales in 2005. The principal responsibilities of this
              post are to provide scientific input into the NPHS Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme,
              act as a scientific lead in surveillance and reporting of vaccine preventable disease in Wales
              and act as a scientific lead in the analysis and reporting of vaccine uptake in Wales.



(55 mins)     Workshop: How can I improve immunisation uptake?

               Leigh Pusey, Immunisation Project Nurse, Flintshire LHB
              After completing nurse, midwifery and health visitor training and gaining experience in these
              fields, Leigh commenced working at Flintshire Local Health board as part of an Immunisation
              Project in 2003. This was a temporary project to increase the immunisation uptake in the
              county. Leigh took up her current post as Clinical Lead for Children, Maternity and
              Immunisation services at Flintshire LHB in April 2006 and currently supports the delivery of all
              immunisation programmes across the county.



4.45          Close: Collect CPD certificates from reception desk and depart.




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