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Professor Monica Lakhanpaul

Programme Director - Integrated Children, Young People and Maternal Health Programme
Academic Health Science Network

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul is Programme Director for the Children and Young People’s theme for UCLPartners’ Academic Health Science Network and Deputy Theme Lead for the children and young people’s North Thames CLAHRC. Monica is a Professor of Integrated Community Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, as well as being an Honorary Consultant Community Paediatrician, Whittington Health (working in one of the most deprived boroughs in London). Her overall vision and passion is to work across traditional boundaries putting children and their families at the centre of healthcare.

Monica was the founding Clinical Director for the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children’s Health commissioned by NICE to develop guidelines for women and children for the NHS in the UK. She was the first paediatric NICE fellow to be appointed in 2010 and received the Asian Woman of Achievement Award for the Public Sector in 2010 for her national and international work with children and contribution to public work.

Monica’s research focuses on reducing variation in practice and improving outcomes for children by utilising an integrated applied health research approach to collaboratively design and deliver tailored interventions to address suboptimal care across the patient pathway thereby crossing primary, community and hospital care, social care and education.

Monica has published in peer reviewed journals, been co-editor of international journals, author of medical books, invited to lecture internationally and has had a number of national roles including being a member of the RCPCH clinical standards committee, NHS evidence advisory committee and maternity and child health HTA panel member.

"We must focus on improving the outcomes for today’s children if we hope to influence the health of tomorrow's adults"