MOCHA final conference

Our large EU Horizon 2020 Research Project has for three years been working to identify and critically assess all aspects of primary health care provision for children of all ages in the 30 EU and EEA countries.  The work by 20 scientific partners concludes at the end of November, based on evidence from all 30 countries and external sources. This concluding event will share the headline results, introduce the formal reports, and enable stakeholder discussion on next steps after the project’s conclusion.

Presentations on key MOCHA Findings

  • Invisibility of Children in Data and Policy Systems;
  • Measurement Challenges;
  • Listening to Young People;
  • Vulnerable Children and Equity;
  • Delivering Complex Care;
  • Patients and Primary Care Interfaces;
  • School and Adolescent Health Services;
  • Health Workforce in Child Health;
  • Education of the Child Health Workforce;
  • E-Health as the Enabler
  • Optimal Service Models

The Way Forward for Primary Child Care Health in Europe

  • Understanding Child-Centricity;
  • Bringing MOCHA Results to Local Services;
  • Contextualising into European and Professional Initiatives

The conference will take place on November 15th and 16th in the Auditorium, University of Leiden – Schouwburgstraat, Schouwburgstraat 2, 2511 VA, The Hague, The Netherlands

ICIC18 – 18th International Conference on Integrated Care

Dr Danielle Jansen presented MOCHA work at the ICIC18 – 18th International Conference on Integrated Care, Utrecht on the 23-25 May 2018. The poster: Integrated school health services in Europe: an overview, explores the work MOCHA has completed on school health services and the interface with primary care for school-aged children in the EU and EEA.

European Public Health Association EUPHA 2017

MOCHA was active in contributions to the EUPHA Annual Conference, held this year in Stockholm, Sweden.  From Work Package 3 Dr. Danielle Jansen contributed School Health Services in 30 European countries in 2009 and 2016: what is new and what has changed?, while Dr. Kinga Zdunek’s contribution was on Societal influences on the shape of child-oriented health policy – the agents of the child as children’s voice representation.  For Work Package 8, Prof. Michael Rigby contributed a poster on Child Health Informatics – a Neglected Area of European E-Health Activity.  All received considerable interest from those involved in child health matters.

The last and main contribution was a workshop on the core MOCHA topic of Appraising Primary Care for children and adolescents in Europe – are we measuring the right things?  This was chaired by Danielle Jansen, with contributions from Michael Rigby, and Dr. Oscar Tamburis on behalf of the CNR team in Rome.

EUSUHM Congress 2017

Dr Paul Kocken and colleagues from Work Package 9 Validated Optimal Models of Children’s Preventative Orientated Primary Health Care, together with members of Work Package 3 School and adolescent health presented their work at the European Union for School and University Health and Medicine (EUSUHM) Congress on 6th – 8th September 2017 in Leuven, Belgium. They ran a successful workshop entitled Building Optimal Models for Primary Child Health Care; in which they discussed components of well working child health care systems with an audience of mainly school doctors and nurses. The outcome of this workshop will help feed into the final year of the MOCHA project. The WP 9 team also presented their work on implementation conditions of good practices within the context of varying models of primary health care. They presented their insight into the factors influencing practices such as immunization in hard to reach groups and assessment of mental health problems in children. These factors are relevant for future implementation of good practice in models of primary care and in policy decisions around the models of care

Surrey Informatics Summer School – SISS 2017


Clinicians, researchers and data analysts wanting to work with routine health data

  •  Researchers: PhD, potential PhD students or researchers using routine health data
  •  Leaders and managers of health care organisations wanting to improve their use of health data
  •  Public health trainees and specialists
  •  Data analysts: In health care providers or commissioners – Social sciences and social care students wishing to work with health data
  •  International delegates are especially welcome – although we will use UK health data for analysis we will include commonly used international systems.


The course will provide an introduction to data analytics, basic statistical tests and data manipulations using R and RStudio, and the basics of epidemiology. It will also cover the nature of routine health data, the processes of data extraction, the representation of meaning, and an ontological approach to making sense of the data. It will also include an introduction to Health Economics. For more detail including intended learning outcomes please see:


The course is hosted by the Clinical Informatics and Health Outcomes Research ( group and taught by leading informatics academics and practitioners with International reputations including:

  •  Professor Simon Jones –Professor of Epidemiology and Head of Integrated Care Research at the University of Surrey; previously Chief Statistician at Dr Foster Intelligence
  •  Professor Simon de Lusignan -Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics at the University of Surrey; Medical Director of the RCGP Research and Surveillance centre; practicing GP.
  •  Dr John Williams – Senior visiting research fellow at the University of Surrey; previously Clinical Informatics adviser to HSCIC; retired GP
  •  Dr Simon Hassan – Visiting Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Surrey
  •  Dr Andrew McGovern – Doctoral Clinical Researcher at the University of Surrey
  •  William Hinton and Jeremy van Vlymen, Research Fellows at the University of Surrey
  •  Jake Jordan – Research Fellow in Health Economics at the University of Surrey


VENUE: University of Surrey

DATES: Monday 26th June to Friday 30th June 2017

PRICES: Academic/NHS: £500; Commercial: £800


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5th Community Social Pediatrics Symposium

Professor Mitch Blair has been invited to speak at the 5th Community Social Pediatrics Symposium in Montreal Canada on the 25th and 26th May 2017. The theme of the symposium is Children’s vulnerabilities: understanding and addressing health inequalities.

Professor Blair will speak alongside Dr Gilles Julien, Professor Gerry McHale and Dr Melanie Berry at the plenary session discussing the Viewpoints and Actions on the Complexity of Vulnerable children. Interventions with vulnerable children can be very complex: for each situation, there are many problems, multiple diagnostics, and different life contexts. The development of transdisciplinary services that are tailored to the reality of at-risk children and families must be based on the knowledge and discoveries made in research. During this opening session, speakers will share their experiences regarding the importance of co-construction between research, field interventions, and children and their families so as to better understand the complexity of each case.

Quality of Childhood Series at the European Parliament

We are delighted that the Models of Child Health Appraised (MOCHA) project will be contributing the next event in the Working Group of the Quality of Childhood series in the European Parliament (QoC).

The presentation will be given by Professor Michael Rigby and Dr Denise Alexander, the deputy leader, and research coordinator of the MOCHA project. Entitled Primary Health Care for Children in Europe. Similarities and Differences between Countries – what do they mean? We will present and discuss the Interim findings of the MOCHA project.

European Health Management Association Conference 2017

We are delighted to have all three papers submitted to the European Health Management Annual Conference accepted for presentation. Topics covered will be Child Migrant Health Policy; E-Health Policy for Children; and Measurement of the Strength of Children’s Primary Care.

International Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare (ISQua)

In October 2017 the prestigious International Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare (ISQua) global conference will be held in London. Pressure for inclusion in the programme was very strong. In the face of this, our DIPEx collegaues have been successful in having accepted a 45 minute session on Lessons learned about primary care from listening to children’s voices – MOCHA project.

MOCHA External Advisory Board and Work Package Leads meeting

Six-monthly internal meeting of the MOCHA work package leaders, key researchers and the External Advisory Board.