IMAGE: Insights into MAnaging Growth for Endocrine nurses

  • To download the Symposium Summary Report, please click here:


    Taken from the 9 hours of presentations and discussion, this report provides overview of the key teaching sessions and highlights common themes from ‘My week’.
    The symposium was hosted by Springer Healthcare IME, in Nice, France 5–6 November 2015.

    The aims of the symposium are to provide quality education, based on practical clinical experience, on all aspects of the nurse’s role related to the management of the child receiving GH therapy

    Learning objectives
    At the end of the symposium, delegates will understand:

    • How to educate patients and families in the basic diagnosis and treatment of growth disorders
    • The concept of changing features and challenges throughout life in the patient with growth hormone deficiency
    • The principles and nursing responsibilities related to transitional care between paediatric and adult clinical transfer
    • The nurse’s role in taking responsibility for diagnostic techniques and therapy strategies
    • The psychological challenges of short stature and acquire techniques for addressing these challenges by motivational interviewing and establishing trust with the patient and family
    • The importance of paediatric–adult collaboration in the management of complex disorders such as pituitary tumours in order to enhance patient care
    • How to monitor and manage patient progress, safety and adherence during therapy
    • The roles and responsibilities of paediatric endocrinology nurses’ activities across cultures

    Organising Committee
    Meeting Chairs
    Kate Davies
    Senior Lecturer in Children’s Nursing, School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University

    Professor Martin Savage
    Programme Director and Meeting Co-Chair, Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology, Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, London, UK

    Professor John Chaplin
    Health and Occupational Psychologist, Göteborg University, Sweden

    Professor Pierre Chatelain
    Professor of Pediatrics, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France

    Professor Stefano Cianfarani
    Associate Professor of Paediatrics, Tor Vergata’ University/ ‘Bambino Gesù’ Children’s Hospital, Rome, Italy

    Professor Stephen Shalet
    Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology, University of Manchester, UK

    Lee Martin
    Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Endocrinology, Barts Health NHS Trust, UK

    Tanya Urquhart
    Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric and Teenage &
    Young Adult Late Effects, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, UK

    Birgit Lidwell
    Special Nurse, Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital, Sweden

    June Jacob
    Paediatric Nurse Clinician, Victoria General Hospital, Canada

    Wendy Schwarz
    Clinical Resource Nurse, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Canada

    Barbro Jonsson
    Paediatric Nurse, Skaraborg Hospital Lidköping, Sweden

    Claire Goedhart
    Endocrine Clinical Nurse Specialist, University College Hospital London, UK

    Target audience
    Paediatric endocrine nurses.

    CME accreditation
    This continuing medical education activity has been approved by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) for the award of 7.75 International Continuing Nursing Education Credits (ICNECs).
    Springer Healthcare IME works in compliance with the principles of the Good CME Practice Group (gCMEp).

  • DAY 0 (4 November 2015)
    Welcome buffet and drinks reception

    DAY 1 (5 November 2015)
    Welcome, Introduction and Objectives of the Symposium Kate Davies

    Chairs: Stefano Cianfarani and Nurse Chair
    Infant/preschool Stefano Cianfarani
    Childhood/puberty Martin Savage
    Transition into adult care – an adult endocrinologist’s perspective Stephen Shalet
    Transition into adult care – a nurse case study Nurse presenter
    Panel discussion Stefano Cianfarani, Martin Savage, Stephen Shalet, Nurse presenter


    Chairs: John Chaplin, Maj-Lis Tengskog and Birgit Lidwall
    The challenges faced by short stature children Maj-Lis Tengskog
    Helping families and patients combat these challenges Birgit Lidwall
    Understanding the stereotypes and realities of short stature John Chaplin

    Chairs: Stephen Shalet and Nurse Chair
    Clinical indications for referral Martin Savage
    Laboratory indications for referral Stefano Cianfarani
    Discussion All

    Summary and key messages from the day Kate Davies

    DAY 2 (6 November 2015)

    Chairs: John Chaplin and Nurse Chair
    A paediatric endocrinologist’s perspective Martin Savage
    An adult endocrinologist’s perspective Stephen Shalet

    Chair’s introduction
    Craniopharyngioma Nurse presenter
    Cushing’s disease Lee Martin
    Discussion All

    Chairs: Martin Savage
    GH adherence roadmap Martin Savage

    Summary of symposium and closing remarks Kate Davies

  • Hôtel Aston La Scala
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    Situated in the heart of Nice, the 4-star Clarion Grand Hôtel Aston has 150 bedrooms as well as a seminar and reception area which can accommodate up to 200 people.
    The hotel is situated in front of the Promenade du Paillon, near to the old town and a 2-minute walk from the numerous shops and restaurants that surround the famous Place Massena in the heart of the historic district.

    The hotel also has a restaurant and lounge bar.
    Hotel Aston La Scala
    12 Avenue Felix Faure – 06000 NICE
    Tel. : +33 (0)4 92 17 53 00
    Fax : +33 (0)4 92 17 53 11

  • About Nice
    Its 350,000 inhabitants, from local families or more recent arrivals, make the former Nikaia the fifth largest city in France. A dynamic, flourishing economy contributes to Nice’s second place for tourism in France after Paris, with 4 million visitors a year.
    Travel to Nice
    Nice airport has regular flights from major European cities. The airport is approximately 7km from the centre of Nice.
    Accessibility, whether by air, road or rail is very good. For further information, please visit
    Travel in Nice
    Nice has a sophisticated and well-functioning public transport system, which consists of buses and a new generation tramway connecting the North and the East of the city. For further information on getting around the city, please visit
    Climate in Nice in November
    The month of November is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 18°C to 15°C over the course of the month, exceeding 21°C or dropping below 11°C only one day in ten
    The official language is French. The majority of inhabitants have a basic or possibly higher level of fluency in English. In hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, places of historical interest and many shops and services it is possible to make oneself understood in English
    The currency in France is the Euro.
    Credit cards are widely accepted. You may be asked to provide ID if you can’t pay by chip and PIN.
    Important Telephone Numbers
    International Dialling Code for France: +33
    Alongside 112, the following emergency numbers are available:
    15 – medical emergency,
    17 – police,
    18 – fire brigade,
    115 – social emergency,
    114 – National centre for emergency calls for deaf and people with hearing problems.
    It is not possible to call 112 from a mobile phone without a SIM card.
    Electricity In Nice
    The electricity supply in Nice is 230v. Electrical sockets take standard European two-pin plugs. British, North American and other non-European tourists should bring adaptors.

  • Registration
    Delegates will be charged a registration fee of €250 towards accommodation, welcome and event dinners, and airport transfers.

    The delegate package is €250. Delegates will receive the following:
    – Registration for attendance of the scientific sessions over 1.5 days
    – Congress and educational materials
    – Transfers to and from the airport
    – Welcome buffet and drinks upon arrival at the venue
    – Refreshments and lunch during the educational sessions
    – Dinner on the evening of the 5th November
    – Certificate of attendance and CME accreditation
    – Accommodation on 4 and 5 November
    – Terms and conditions

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