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DFTB19 – One week to go


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This year the conference is being held at the QE2 Conference Centre in Westminster. With the theme being ‘The Journey” we are thinking about not just distance but time as a group of amazing speakers from all around the world get together.

With just one week left to go before our THIRD conference we asked some of the team what they are most looking forward to. Catching up with friends old and new was at the top of everyone’s list. It is that sense of our global paediatric community that brings a DFTB event alive.

Here are some of their other highlights…

“I’m looking forward to the storytelling evening. A great way to get to know a small group of people, in an intimate evening where people can relax and be entertained before the main conference begins.”


Last year we held an intimate social event on the Sunday before the conference proper. Hosted by Mary Freer a group of courageous speakers got to tell us a story – some made us laugh, some made us cry and all made us think. They were unscripted and sans visual aids. It was just a group of friends, sitting down and listening to tales of the human condition. We are doing the same this year if you want to come along.

I’m looking forward to hearing some great talks to improve my practice and re-connecting with a global community of people passionate about delivering excellent paediatric care


I’m excited about four days of great learning, sharing of ideas and inspiration to improve practice. I’m also looking forward to the break times so that I can meet old/new friends and (spoiler alert!) see delegates take part in some fun DFTB research and design projects!


I’m looking forward to the third episode of what I consider to be the best conference I have been to, meeting old friends and making some new friends and actually learning about the care of children. And as a speaker coach I shall have that anxious excitement as colleagues deliver some amazing presentations that I have seen them develop over the last few months.


Ross and Grace have once again acted as speaker coaches, helping our experts give the best talks of their lives. By challenging old dogma they aim to help provide the best educational experience possible.

It is difficult to find a balance between being up-to-date on the evidence underpinning your clinical practice as well as being aware of the impact clinical practice has on your colleagues and you. The DFTB conference series negotiates this tension brilliantly and I’m excited to see how it allows delegate’s to explore the latest research and expert guidance ensuring that both science and story are given equal weight


I’m looking forward to getting to know dozens of people in real life whom up till now I’ve known only as a Twitter handle


If you can’t make it then you can still sign on to livestream the event. It will be there online for you to watch it for three days after in case you are at work or asleep.

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