About this event

  • Date and time Thu 20 Feb 2020 from 12:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine

In 2019, the UK lost its measles-free status from the World Health Organisation, as child vaccination rates in the country fell across the board.

With a programme designed specifically for healthcare professionals, this unique event will focus on understanding why vaccination rates are in decline.

Experts will gather at the Royal Society of Medicine to share their knowledge about this topical, controversial and globally recognised issue, to enable better understanding and learning.

The programme will explore the extent to which vaccine hesitancy is a factor, how far delivery problems are responsible, and what can be done to address falling vaccination rates.

Topics include:

  • Why vaccination rates are falling, looking at the data, trends and factors involved
  • Understanding the extent to which vaccine hesitancy and misinformation around vaccines is affecting vaccination rates, with a particular focus on the impact of social media
  • Direct experiences from frontline staff who talk daily with patients, parents, and children, and advice on responding to the questions and concerns raised
  • Practical takeaways on how to address falling vaccination rates, both on a micro-level for frontline staff, and on a macro-level in terms of public health strategies.

Tickets

Meeting pricing available until 19 February 2020.

Member

RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£70.00 £30.00 £30.00 £30.00 £18.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£115.00 £50.00 £50.00 £30.00

Key speakers

Mary Ramsay

Dr Mary Ramsay

Head of Immunisation, Public Health England

Speaker's biography

As a consultant epidemiologist and Head of Immunisation for PHE, Dr Ramsay’s department is responsible for the national surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases and for the national planning and implementation of all routine immunisation programmes in England.

Dr Ramsay acts as PHE medical advisor to the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and as Chief Editor of “Immunisation against Infectious Disease”. She also provides expert advice to a range of UK and international agencies on vaccination policy and is the PHE lead on the joint NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Immunisation (with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).

Dr Ramsay has also served on the Research Panel both Meningitis Research Foundation and Meningitis Now.

Heidi Larson

Dr Heidi Larson

Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Speaker's biography

Dr Heidi J Larson is an anthropologist and Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP); Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, LSHTM; Associate Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington; and Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security Fellow. Dr Larson previously headed Global Immunisation Communication at UNICEF, chaired GAVI's Advocacy Task Force, and served on the WHO SAGE Working Group on vaccine hesitancy. The VCP is a WHO Centre of Excellence on addressing Vaccine Hesitancy.

Dr Larson's research focuses on the analysis of social and political factors that can affect the uptake of health interventions and influence policies. Her particular interest is on risk and rumour management from clinical trials to delivery – and building public trust. She served on the FDA Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Emergency Communication Expert Working Group and is Principle Investigator of the EU-funded (EBODAC) project on the deployment, acceptance and compliance of an Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone.

Agenda

View the programme 20 February 2020

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome address

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the RSM

Session 1: Context & Public Policy

Chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the RSM

Context and overview
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has been invited
The public health view

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisations, Public Health England

Why are vaccination rates falling?

Heidi Larson, Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 2: What are the key frontline issues?

Nursing perspective

Helen Donovan, Professional Lead, Public Health Nursing, Royal College of Nursing

Parent perspective

Perspective from parents on vaccinations 

GP perspective

Dr Gary Marlowe, City and Hackney CCG, Clinical Vice Chair

Paediatrics perspective

Speaker TBC

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 3: Panel Discussion & Public Engagement

"What needs to happen now?"

A panel discussion & audience engagement forum on how to address falling vaccination rates, both on a micro-level for frontline staff, and on a macro-level in terms of public health strategies. Featuring speakers from the day.

Closing address

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the RSM

Drinks reception
End of drinks reception

Location

Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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