Interview with Dr Simon Lenton  MB, ChB, DRCOG, MRCP, MPH/DLSHTM, FRCPCH, MFPH

He completed his medical training in Aberdeen in 1977 and was appointed as a Consultant Paediatrician in Community Child Health (CPCCH) in Bath in 1987 after training in New Zealand, Canada and the UK.

Between 1996 and 2000 he completed Public Health training with a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from LSHTM and placements with the commissioning arm of Wiltshire Health Authority and a further placement Southwest Regional Office.

Between 2000-3 he worked as a Policy Adviser in the Department of Health and helped develop the Children’s National Service Framework (NSF) providing advice to Ministers on a wide range of issues relating to the health and well-being of children across a number of Government departments.

In 2003 he was elected to Vice President (Health Services) within the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and led “Modelling the Future” which identified the problems facing children’s health services in the UK and sets out a vision and strategy for the future development of children’s health services.

Between 2009 and 2011 he chaired the expert working group on “Child Friendly Health Care” (CFHC) on behalf of the Council of Europe. CFHC translated the values contained within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into a practical framework for service delivery. This piece of work has now been endorsed by 47 health ministers across Europe through a Declaration signed in October 2011.

Then Chair the British Association for Community Child Health (BACCH) and now Co-chair of The British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health (BACAPH).

We talk of his commitment to child and family friendly health care and the background to this internationally endorsed initiative with its relevance to multi agency work in safeguarding.

Further helpful links:-

Child Friendly

Family Friendly

You Tube


My thanks as always to Alba Digital Media for their technical assistance in this Podcast.

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