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Family Hub Conference

April 11, 2023

A huge thanks to everyone who joined us on Wednesday 8th March 2023 for our Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service Family Hub Conference, including our fantastic team and expert key speakers.

Cllr Beverly Egan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families Essex County Council and Chris Martin Commissioning Director Children, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism, opened the event and welcomed 180 professionals from across the country who have a shared interest and passion in the delivery of Family Hubs.

It was a fantastic opportunity to share our learning and help equip local authorities with the knowledge and confidence to consider implementing a family hub model.

If you missed the conference, or attended and would like a reminder of some of our engaging speeches, panels and presentations, then everything you need will be on this page.

If you have further questions or would like to discuss more about our Family Hubs in Essex please contact our Strategic Lead for Family Hubs –

Picture: Table discussion between attendees at the conference

National Context

Supporting inclusive practice and innovation across the country

  • Claudia Coussins, Deputy Head of Early Years – Policy and Practice, Anna Freud National Centre for Family Hubs
  • Julie Greer, Regional Coordinator: South and East regions, Anna Freud National Centre for Family Hubs

Implementation of Family Hubs – Trends and Family Hub Network Support

  • Catherine Baker, Head of Development Family Hubs Network
National Context Video- Click Here

A commissioning for outcomes journey

  • Adrian Coggins, Head of Wellbeing and Public Health
  • Carolyn Terry, EYCC Sufficiency and Sustainability Manager

Commissioning in Partnership alongside the Family Hub Model – An NHS/ICB Perspective

  • Rosalind French, Head of Children, Young People & Maternity Commissioning (West Essex)
Commissioning Journey Presentation Video – Click Here

Family Hubs Evaluation Innovation Fund

  • Valdeep Gill ECORYS Research on behalf of Department of Education
Family Hubs Evaluation Innovation Fund Video- Click Here

Panel Discussion

The afternoon session hosted four panels which delegates were able to submit questions for. The videos link to be able to watch these are below under the panel category.

Creating a workforce culture and system change

  • Richard Comerford, Commercial Director HCRG Care Group
  • Chris Martin, Director of Children’s Commissioning, ECC
  • Heidi Dennis, Assistant Director, Barnardos
  • Claudia Coussins, Head of Early Years, Anna Freud
Creating a Workforce Culture and System- ECFWS Conference Speeches – YouTube

Going beyond co-location

  • Lisa Farrell, Head of Service & Strategic Lead for Essex Family Hubs
  • Angela Hall, Community Engagement Manager (ECFWS)
  • Catherine Barker, Head of Development, Family Hub Network
  • Rosie McHearne, Head of Quality & Safeguarding (ECFWS)
Going Beyond Co-Location- ECFWS Conference Speeches – YouTube

Demonstrating success and impact

  • Lizzy Kingsford, Head of Services, North Essex (ECFWS)
  • Hayley Hill, Outcomes Manager (ECFWS)
  • Valdeep Gill, ECORYS Research
  • Carolyn Terry, EY Commissioner, Essex County Council
Demonstrating Outcomes & Impact- ECFWS Conference Speeches – YouTube

System transformation and integration

  • Zoe Oddy, Head of Targeted and system support services, HCRG Care Group
  • Katie Polhill, Health Improvement Strategic Lead HCRG Care Group
  • Michelle Parker, Director Business development and strategic partnerships, Provide
  • Adrian Coggins, Head of Wellbeing and Public Health, ECC
System Transformation and Integration- ECFWS Conference Speeches – YouTube

Digital Transformation

  • John Dibb, Joint CEO Priority Digital Health
Digital Transformation- ECFWS Conference Speeches – YouTube

Family Voice

  • Angela Hall, Community Engagement Manager HCRG Care Group
Family Voice- ECFWS Conference Speeches – YouTube