Connecting Care for Children (CC4C) is based within the children’s health team at St Mary’s Hospital, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

We work with GPs, local authorities and communities across north west London, and alongside collaborators nationally and internationally. 

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The CC4C team

Dr Mando Watson (Co-founder)

Mando Watson

Mando is a general paediatrician at St Mary’s Hospital. Through the CC4C programme, she has developed a model of holistic care with an emphasis on prevention and the patient perspective. 

 

 

 

Dr Bob Klaber (Co-founder)

Bob Klaber

Bob is a general paediatrician and the director of strategy, research and innovation at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Bob has a strong interest in individual and systems learning and improvement, behavioural insights work and leadership development. 

 

 

 

Rianne Steele 

Rianne Steele

Rianne is programme coordinator for CC4C. Her role focuses on developing the Child Health GP Hubs and managing the national CC4C network.

 

 

 

Phoebe Rutherford

Phoebe Rutherford

Phoebe is CC4C’s patient engagement lead, working closely with local families, citizens and community groups. Phoebe co-produces resources with and for local families, including Q&A webinars, to support child health. 

 

 

 

Dr Arpana Soni

Arpana Soni

Arpana is a paediatrician and senior integrated care fellow in the team. She has an interest in holistic patient care, health prevention and promotion, teaching and staff welfare.

 

 

 

 

Close GP collaborators

We work closely with local GPs in north west London to develop new models of care and the Child Health GP Hubs.

These include:

Many others have and continue to support CC4C and the health of our local children and young people.

Local GP "The GPs have much more confidence about relationships that have been built with the paediatric service and there has been a good exchange of information in person, by email and by phone."

Child health champions

Central to our work here at CC4C is the voice of our patients, families and citizens. Understanding the patient-perspective, supporting the resourcefulness of our community and giving young people a voice helps us in our aim to deliver more effective healthcare for children and young people.


Working with local citizens – our champions – shapes our priorities. They are passionate about child health, and help us find new ways to improve services and meet the health needs of their wider community.

  • Community Champions are local people who work with public health teams to support the health and wellbeing of their community. Find out more about Community Champions.
  • Junior champions are school children and young people who want to make a difference. Within their school and community, they encourage healthy day-to-day activities, such as physical exercise and healthy eating programmes to tackle childhood obesity. Read about Parkview Olympics, a health and wellbeing pilot programme in White City.
  • Maternity Champions are women who support new mothers in giving their babies a healthy start in life and caring for themselves. Find out about Maternity Champions.
  • Community voices: we partner with community leads, who work alongside healthcare teams to share and support our community understanding and healthcare involvement.

Ellie (aged 9)"I think my mum is amazing at being a practice champion because she inspires me to do good and help others."

 

Read our practice champion blog.

If there’s a project to improve children’s health that you’d like to see happening in North West London get in touch at imperial.cc4c@nhs.net

Research Partners

We are part of an international research team at Imperial College London and the Centre for Paediatrics and Child Health. Our Academic team leads include:

  • Professor Mitch Blair is a paediatrician and professor of paediatrics and child public health at Imperial College London. His primary research interests are in preventative child health programmes, international child health indicators and child health services research. 
  • Dr Dougal Hargreaves is a paediatrician and senior lecturer in child public health at Imperial College London. He has a background in healthcare policy, adolescent medicine and improvement science. 
  • Dr Heidi Makrinioti is an Integrated Care Research Fellow. Her ground-breaking work started by listening to the voice of parents of children who suffer from wheeze attacks. From those insights, Heidi has developed a world-leading Patient Reported Outcome Measure.

Healthcare trainees

CC4C creates opportunities to learn about integrated care. We welcome trainees early in their careers to become involved with our work, including:

  • Foundation Year 1 and 2
  • Academic Foundation Year 2
  • Paediatric trainees
  • General Practice Vocational Training Scheme trainees
  • Clinical research fellows
  • Integrated care fellows
  • Health visitor trainees
  • Nursing trainees
  • Darzi Fellows
  • Dental trainees

Paediatric consultants

We support trainees from all professional groups to understand and start practicing integrated care. Email us at imperial.cc4c@nhs.net to find out more.

We provide clinical services to families in north west London with support from the following paediatric consultants from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust:

Child health GP hubs

  • Dr Imogen Brunner
  • Dr Rhian Jones
  • Dr Adam Jordan
  • Dr Naomi Katz
  • Dr Salene Kumar
  • Dr Jayna Kumpavat
  • Dr Meena Nathan
  • Dr Yasmin Razak
  • Dr Nicki Thompson
  • Dr Toni Tonkin
  • Dr Liam Topham
  • Dr Tessa Watson

Partners and close collaborators

We have developed with the support of our many partners, including the voluntary sector, social care providers and academic funders.

We would like to thank Martin Fischer, Rupert Dunbar Rees and Jacx Mallender for their ongoing support.

We are grateful to our funders who have and continue to generously support our work. They include:

We are pleased to have a wide network of collaborators. If you would like to collaborate with us, get in touch at imperial.cc4c@nhs.net or join an upcoming webinar. 


Graphic of parents with two children
 

We know our area better than anyone. It’s better to have someone from the community to help rather than someone new who doesn’t know the area and understand our needs. We know people on a personal level so we know what they need and what the area needs

Local champion and mum
Dr Heidi Makynioti
 

I am now in a better position to design a future study that aims to answer really meaningful questions for these parents. And maybe to co-design this study together with them…

Dr Heidi Makrinioti
Basic Life support in the community
 

I have learnt many transferable skills and fundamentally shifted my view of the NHS as a magnificent but static entity to a dynamic service that is absolutely mouldable through innovative ideas for improvement.

Junior Doctor Alex Monk
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