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Vaccination past and present: Public Health exhibition launch

For the launch of the exhibition A healthful form of work: The history of Public Health Nursing, we have invited a panel of speakers for a conversation on vaccination's controversial history.

Our expert speakers include RCN Professional Lead for Public Health Helen Donovan, nurse Dr Helen Bedford (UCL Institute of Child Health), consultant community paediatrician Dr David Elliman, historian Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford), and paediatric infectious disease consultant Professor Paul Heath (St George's Hospital).

The panel will be followed by a drinks reception and the first chance to see the exhibition A healthful form of work: The history of public health nursing.


5.30pm – Doors Open

6pm – Short talks from panel members

7pm – Discussion chaired by Helen Donovan and audience Q&A

7.45pm – Drinks reception and exhibition viewing

9pm – Close

Panel Biographies

Professor Sally Shuttleworth; Professor of English Literature at St Ann’s college, Oxford University and has written widely on historical aspects of on public health and disease. Sally will introduce the session and give a brief talk about public health movements, which links to the exhibition, and briefly mention vaccination.

Dr David Elliman; Consultant in Community Child Health at Whittington Health NHS Trust with a special interest in screening and vaccination and has extensive research in vaccination and the effects of vaccine preventable disease. David will discuss the history of vaccination.

Dr Helen Bedford; Senior Lecturer at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health with a background as a nurse and health visitor with extensive research experience in attitudes to vaccination and the determinants of vaccine uptake as well as the effects of infectious disease. Helen will discuss current issues particularly public perceptions of vaccination.

Professor Paul Heath; paediatric infectious disease consultant at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with a specialist interest in immunology and vaccination extensive research experience in vaccine preventable disease. Paul will discuss future vaccine developments on the horizon.


Professor Sally Shuttleworth | talks | www
Dr David Elliman | talks
Dr Helen Bedford | talks
Professor Paul Heath | talks


Date and Time:

4 October 2016 at 6:00 pm


3 hours



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