The best start in life: for all our children and young people - EVENT FULLY BOOKED!!

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Chakrabarti Lecture Theatre , John Henry Brookes Building


Children and young people are our future and giving them the best start in life is vital for individuals, families and society.

It is known that investment in pregnancy, early childhood and education makes a huge difference to health and life chances throughout life.

Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals are well placed through their knowledge, skills and relationships with patients, families and communities to have a significant impact at the key stages of our development.

As this lecture will explore, to make the best start a reality for all our children we need to share and build on good
practice and address the inequalities that persist.

About the speaker


Viv Bennett trained as a nurse in Oxford in 1976 and worked in children’s nursing before training as a Health Visitor in Oxfor in the early 1980s.
She was appointed Director of Nursing for both the Department of Health and Public Health England (PHE) in 2012, before moving solely to PHE in 2015 as Chief Nurse. She is the Government’s Principal Advisor on public health nursing and the national lead on public health nursing an midwifery. Viv is an Honorary Graduate of Oxford Brookes.