jfhclive2013Editor Penny Hosie looks back on this year's event:

After a hectic two days of hearing experts speak, filming, reporting and networking, the Journal team are pleased to declare the second JFHC Live event a success.

We'd like to thank everyone who attended - delegates, speakers and exhibitors alike - especially as for many of you it had proved quite an ordeal to get there, given the adverse weather conditions. A special mention has to go to one of our speakers, Carina Venter, who had braved an especially horrendous multiple-vehicle journey from her previous speaking engagement in Oslo to arrive on time to deliver her talk on food allergies. We hope the journey home was less "eventful"!

Collectively as a team we were hugely impressed by the enthusiasm of the delegates attending who seemed engaged and asked the speakers some very searching questions. It was almost standing room only for Jane Cook's talk on safeguarding children within a cultural framework and she articulately highlighted the need for community health professionals in our increasingly diverse society need to get up to speed on an area she deemed "cultural competence".

In the midwifery talks, chaired by Guardian columnist Zoe Williams, Astrid Osbourne gave an illuminating personal accont of working with women with an intense fear of childbirth. Some of these women's fears stem directly as a result of poor perineal care, an area the subseqent speaker Jane Herve articulately advocated as being an area of midwifery care which needs to to see enormous improvements.

On a breaking news level, Cath Prisk, the director of Play England, was delighted to announce the organisation has just received funding from the Dept of Health for three years to make it safe for children to play out in the streets. You'll be able to read more about this exciting project in the next issue of JFHC.

We were also delighted to receive an update from Wendy Nicholson at the Department of Health and Sharon White from the School and Public Health Nursing Assocation (SAPHNA) on all the key advances in school nursing.

You will be able to read more on this in our new school nurse journal (Journal of School & Public Health Nursing), which we are launching in partnership with SAPHNA in May.

For many more event highlights please visit our website, or follow us on Twitter @journalfhc