About the Event

This year’s conference will look forward towards positive future. The aim to motivate and inspire the school and public health nursing workforce and enable delivery of high quality, evidence informed care to children and young people. We will have keynote speakers who will share national updates, challenge our thinking, showcase new models of working, explore current priority areas. Our workshops will provide a practice-focused approach across a range of priority areas and pragmatic solutions to workforce and service delivery as we experience heightened pressures on our service. These interactive sessions will allow time for discussion and sharing. We hope that the conference strengthens our commitment & drive as a small but mighty workforce to promote, prevent and protect the health and well-being of children and young people.

Conference Bookings

This year’s conference aims to motivate and inspire the school and public health nursing workforce and enable delivery of high quality, evidence informed care to children and young people.


Cost: £100 for members of SAPHNA, £120 for non-members. The cost includes a choice of workshops and access to the recorded event for 30 days which allows attendees to watch recorded versions of all the workshops.

SAPHNA members please CONTACT US for your exclusive discount code, or login to your account to book your ticket at the members rate now

Non-members please book your place via Eventbrite SAPHNA Annual Conference 2023 Tickets, Tue 12 Sep 2023 at 09:00 | Eventbrite



Keynotes Speakers

Greg Fell

Director of Public Health, Sheffield & Vice President of the Association of the Directors of Public Health

Jamie Waterall


Dame Rachel de Souza

Children’s Commissioner

Dr Joe Hall

GP Partner and Provider of School Nursing services, St Paul’s Way Surgery, Tower Hamlets

Afternoon Presentations

COVID and School Nursing

Dr Sarah Bekaert, RN
Senior Lecturer in the child nursing team. Oxford Brookes University.

Dr Georgia Cook
Postdoctoral Research Assistant and Associate Lecturer. Oxford Brookes University.

Dana Sammut RN
Research Associate. University of Birmingham.

Tikki Harrold, RN
SCPHN-SN - Community Practice Teacher. Oxford Health.

This presentation will give an overview of the key findings of the School Nursing in the Time of Covid Study – from an international media scoping review, to national perspectives elicited through a survey, to practitioner experience in reflective interviews and focus groups. It will then present and discuss a practitioner facing resource, called for by school nursing during the study, underpinned by evidence from the study, and developed in consultation with school nurses from Oxford Health. We are seeking four nursing teams across the nation who are willing to trial and evaluate the resource before the national launch through SAPHNA and the CPHVA.

Service Development & Innovation in School Nursing

Realising the research potential of 0-19 Services

Louise Wolstenholme RGN, MSc, BN (Health Visitor)
NMC Teacher 0-19 Research Lead Sheffield Children’s NHSFT NIHR; Clinical Fellow - Nursing & Midwifery

Tracey Long RN (General & Child), MSc, BSc (Health Visitor)
NMC Teacher, QN; Nurse Consultant, PhD Student and NIHR Senior Research Leader: Nursing and Midwifery

The Strategic Plan for Research, launched in November 2021 by the CNO for England, highlighted the importance of nurses and midwives being empowered to participate/support, deliver and lead on research.
We know that being part of research has the potential to improve health outcomes for children, young people and families. So, how do we deliver on this strategy within 0-19 Services and what ways can we engage and involve practitioners to realise this ambition?
We would like to share with you how our 0-19 Research Network in the Yorkshire and Humber region has been instrumental in demystifying research, supporting the creation of research ready teams, developing new research roles, and widening research opportunities for 0-19 colleagues, children, young people and families.

Workshop Presenters

Caroline Watts

MSc, RN (child), SCPHN, Coach

Hope Virgo

Author and Multi Award Winning Mental Health Campaigner / Public Speaker

Karen Cormick

RSCN, SCPHN Queens Nurse

Rachel Livsey

MA SCPHN RN (child) Queens Nurse

Hen Sloman


Julie Critcher


Corporate Sponsors 

Conference Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all attendees will have access to recorded versions of the workshops delivered on the day. This access will be for 30 days post conference.
Yes, the Vfairs platform is compatible with any device or browser
All the instructions for log in to the event will be sent to your email as part of the confirmation process
Do not worry. If you miss any of the event then you can access all of the content during the 30 days after it
As you enter the virtual platform and proceed to the main lobby area, look out for a Info Desk counter and a representative will be ready to assist you.
Visit the live sessions at the Auditorium and selected workshops. Visit our Exhibit Hall for relevant resources and engage with our sponsors and other exhibitors. Connect and engage with other delegates in the Lounge via one-to-one chat. Visit our poster hall and browse poster presentations from peers.