Virtual Conference "Congenital Heart Disease, lockdown and me: Global perspectives of living through a pandemic." 10th June 2021

This online conference is presented in collaboration with the Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association.

The logo for the CCNA and the logo for the University of Worcester

CCNA Conference themes: 

  • Health and wellbeing (child/adult/family and staff perspectives)
  • Education (for CYP/adult/families and staff)
  • Perspectives from clinical practice 

Benefits of this Virtual Conference

  • Cheaper to attend:
    • reduced delegate fee
    • no travel, accommodation, food expenses
  • Attend from the comfort of your home or office.
  • Attendance from any global time zone (the conference will run live on 10th June 09:00-16:00 GMT)
  • Recorded presentations, means you don’t miss any session
  • Access to the virtual environment before and after the live event
  • Opportunity to network with delegates globally in our ‘virtual networking lounge’
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable


Guest Speakers

Paul A. Checchia MD FCCM FACC, Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Section Chief for Cardiac Services and Business Operations, Section of Critical Care Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor College of Medicine

Dr Liza Morton Chartered (BPS) & Registered (HCPC) Counselling Psychologist, Scotland. 

Dr Jo Wray, Senior Research Fellow and Health Psychologist, Heart and Lung Directorate, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street, London, WC1N and NIHR Great Ormond Street Biomedical Research Centre

Suzie Hutchinson, CEO, Little Hearts Matter

Conference registration and fee information

If you have any queries please contact

Conference Fee:

Early bird £30 on bookings made before 31st April 2021 17:00 GMT

Standard rate: £50

What this fee includes:

  • The online environment will open for a month, from Monday 7th June until Friday 2nd July 2021, with early access for delegates and speakers to familiarise themselves with the environment.
  • Sessions will be delivered live on the day 10th June 09:00-16:00 GMT and recorded for retrospective viewing.
  • There will be a ‘virtual networking lounge’ to encourage networking pre- and post-conference and discussion forums relating to each conference theme
  • A poster carousel for early viewing of posters  



“We are really excited about our second virtual CCNA conference, the first one being back in 2011! The programme will explore the impact on life of a pandemic, both from a staff and patient/family perspective. Please do join us virtually and enjoy the opportunity to learn and network with peers across the World”.

Dr Kerry Gaskin, Chairperson of the CCNA and Conference Chair




The programme will be delivered entirely online through the our Online Learning Environment. It will include live presentations in the virtual classroom, live chat rooms, asynchronous discussion forums and links to a variety of resources. Once registered you will be sent login details.

0900-0915                   Welcome Address

Dr Kerry Gaskin, CCNA Chairperson and representative from the University of Worcester

0915-0945                   Keynote 1 Suzie Hutchinson

0945-1045                   Parallel sessions 1

Theme: Education (for CYP/adult/families and staff)

1045-1100                   Break

1100-1130                   Keynote 2 ‘Supporting mental health and wellbeing for people with congenital heart disease during the global covid-19 pandemic’

                                    Dr Liza Morton, Calum Calderwood

1130-1230                   Parallel sessions 2

Theme: Health and wellbeing (child/adult/family and staff perspectives)

1230-1300                   Open forum discussions 1 – live

1300-1345                   Lunch – view posters, use asynchronous discussion forums

1345-1415                   Keynote 3 Dr Jo Wray title TBC

1415-1515                   Parallel sessions 3

Theme: Perspectives from clinical practice

1515-1530                   Break

1530-1600                   Keynote 4 Dr Paul Chechia

1600-1630                   Open forum discussions 2 – live

1630-1730                   Closing remarks and virtual ‘drinks ceremony’

Parallel sessions

There will be two ‘virtual rooms’ for each set of parallel sessions and you can choose which one to attend. All presentations will be recorded for you to watch retrospectively. The exact presentations for each parallel session will be confirmed nearer the time but examples of subject matter can be found on the CCNA conference pages.


We have a range of really interesting posters that will be made available for you to view during the conference. We are asking poster presenters to also either present their poster live (these will be 5 minute slots) or to record a 5-10 minute video or audio that will be made available alongside their poster to delegates. There will be an opportunity to meet with poster presenters on the day, and also to engage in discussion with them asynchronously through the discussion forums that will be available after the conference until the end of June.

Open forum discussions

These are an opportunity to meet with other delegates in one of four live chat rooms. Each room will be facilitated by a representative from the group and will discuss issues that have been raised in the asynchronous discussion forums. For more information please visit the CCNA conference pages.

Virtual Drinks and Closing Ceremony

At the end of the day we will meet to thank the speakers, presenters, conference faculty and technical support team and will draw the day to a close with a virtual drinks ceremony.

Bring a drink and network with delegates in the virtual environment!

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If you have any questions or queries about this event please contact: 

Jo Fleet,


Dr Kerry Gaskin,