Paediatric Care Online Editorial Team

The work of our core editorial team would not be possible without the ongoing support of our wider editorial stakeholders, who comprise of the following:

  • Clinical Experts and Convenors from Paediatric Specialty Groups and Special Interest Groups (view full list here)
  • General Practitioners
  • Paediatric Trainees
  • AAP Editors
  • RCPCH Clinical Standards Consultation Panel
  • PCO UK Partner Organisations (including RCGP Clinical Advisers Group and RCN)

All of the Content Editors, Reviewers and Specialty Groups are acknowledged individually on the respective Key Practice Points that they have contributed to.

Dr Munib Haroon

Lead Editor (from April 2016)

Munib Haroon works for Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant community paediatrician in Northallerton and Thirsk. He has a special interest in Autism and Evidence Based Medicine.

Munib served on the Clinical Standards Committee of the RCPCH as Co-Lead for Appraisals and Evidence Based Medicine between 2009-2014. Munib has authored several systematic reviews, advised guideline development groups on methodology and is currently writing his second book.

Alison Firth

Staff Editor (from July 2015)

Alison is responsible for managing the editorial process to update and deliver new content to PCO UK, as well as coordinating the digital and quality assurance processes.

Alison completed a BA Hons Degree in Human Sciences at the University of Oxford. Before joining PCO UK, Alison managed two academic journals at the Royal Society for Public Health, and also spent time as a Children's Services Projects Assistant at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. In her spare time, Alison is a Volunteer Counsellor for the NSPCC Childline service.



Previous Editorial Team

We would like to thank our Phase 1 editorial team, who worked with us from 2014-2016 to steer, create and refine the first 92 KPPs.

Dr Hilary Cass

Clinical Lead (until April 2016)

Dr Hilary Cass is a Consultant in Paediatric Disability at Evelina Children’s Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, Senior Clinical Advisor for Children and Young People, Health Education England and immediate Past President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Dr Cass has held senior education and management roles in hospital Trusts, and was previously Head of School of Paediatrics in London.

In addition to her neurodisability practice, she has been closely involved in the development of paediatric palliative care services at Evelina Children’s Hospital. She is also co-leading a programme to develop an integrated primary-secondary service for children in Lambeth and Southwark.

Dr Jan Dudley

Lead Editor (until April 2016)

Dr Jan Dudley is a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, having trained in this field in Bristol, London and Paris. She has a particular interest in paediatric renal transplantation and has a PhD in transplantation immunology.

Dr Dudley has a particular interest in quality improvement through implementation of clinical standards that facilitate equitable delivery of care that is clinically and cost effective. Locally, she chaired the clinical effectiveness committees at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and University Hospitals Bristol between 2007 and 2014. She is currently lead nephrologist and lead clinician for clinical governance at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Nationally she chaired the clinical standards committee at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (2009-14) and was chair of the Health Foundation-funded ‘HeadSmart – be brain tumour aware (winner of NHS Innovation prize 2013)’ project board. She was also chair of ‘infoKID’, an online programme of high quality information for parents and carers of children with kidney disease, the content of which has been agreed by all 13 UK paediatric nephrology centres and has received Information Standard accreditation. Internationally, Dr Dudley is a co-opted member on the council of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association where she is advising on international adoption of clinical standards and patient information

Dr Janice Allister, FRCGP

Deputy Lead Editor (until April 2016)

Janice is a GP in Peterborough and was the RCGP Child Health Clinical Champion (2011-12). She continues as a senior adviser in Child Health, a clinical adviser and one of the accreditation review team for the RCGP.

She is a GP appraiser and has been involved in collaborative research with the NSPCC, the Institute of Child Health and the University of Surrey. This included GPs’ response to child maltreatment concerns and families’ use of hospital emergency departments. She contributed to the Healthy School Child e-learning resource. She enjoys running and dog-walking.

Dr Ellie Augustine

Ellie Augustine is a consultant general paediatrican in Bath. She attended St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and trained in paediatrics in the London Deanery. She has interests in neonatology, allergy and bringing specialist paediatric outreach into primary care.

Dr Srini Bandi

Srini is a Consultant Paediatrician with an interest in HIV and Infectious Disease, and is the Paediatric lead for HIV and TB services in Leicester. His paediatric career began in India where he completed a three-year MD following which he has worked in the UK. Alongside his clinical work he has gained an MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is currently undertaking an MSc in Healthcare Leadership.

The audit and infection prevention lead at Leicester Children’s Hospital, Srini has been a member of the Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) executive committee since 2012 and chairs the conference sub-committee. He has represented Infectious Disease and Allergy on the RCPCH General Paediatrics CSAC as the council of reference member. Dedicated to teaching and training the paediatricians of the future Srini is a START and CESR assessor and in his spare time chairs the UNICEF Leicester fundraising group.

Dr Daniel Bloom

Daniel is a GP trainee in North London. He attended Birmingham Medical School and has a strong interest in paediatrics. He is currently a researcher for MedsIQ and a reviewer for Medicines for Children (both affiliated with RCPCH).

Dr Will Christian

Will is a consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine working at a tertiary Children’s hospital in Bristol. Previous involvement with educational projects has included the production of parent information booklets for the Restricted Growth Association, working with NHS Choices on the production of a patient information video and providing ongoing educational sessions on a regular basis to GPs, paediatric trainees and medical students. He enjoys cycling, hiking in the countryside and cooking for friends.

Mrs Shani Corb

Shani is currently the Lead Pharmacist for Clinical Services at Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust and brings 10 years experience working within Paediatrics. During this time, Shani worked closely with Senior Clinicians to improve prescribing in paediatrics, including the introduction of 'zero-tolerance' for prescribing errors and provided prescribing advice and medicines information for all grades of medical staff. Shani has an MSc in Clinical Paediatrics and is also a Non-Medical Prescriber. She enjoys spending time with her children and taking part in obstacle-course races.

Dr Shahid Karim

Dr. Shahid Karim is a Paediatric Specialist Registrar training at the London School of Paediatrics. He read Medicine at Cambridge & continued his postgraduate training in London.

Shahid has particular interest in acute paediatrics, healthcare leadership & management, quality improvement & in medical education. He is currently a Medical Education Fellow at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London - helping further integrate simulation into medical education & training.

Keen on facilitating trainee empowerment and involvement in paediatric training and development - Shahid is a member of the London School of Paediatrics Trainee Committee, lead trainee lead for Recruitment & Workforce Planning and Vice-Chair for South London Paediatric Trainees. Shahid is also a member of the RCPCH exam board with a special focus on national paediatric recruitment and selection. He enjoys swimming, reading, photography, cooking and travel.

Dr Tina Sajjanhar

Dr Tina Sajjanhar has been a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Lewisham since November 1998. She has previously sat on groups such as the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) and the Intercollegiate Committee for Services for Children in Emergency Departments, helping to develop guidance for children seen in the urgent and emergency care environment. She has continued along this line, in a number of projects, including development of the London Quality Standards for Acute Paediatrics (for acute trusts) and as part of the Strategic Clinical Network for Children, again developing standards for acute care for commissioners. Currently she is Divisional Director for Children and Young People's Directorate at the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, as well as clinical chair for the South East London Strategy group, looking at services for Children and Young People in the SE Sector.

Tina is also been an instructor for Advanced Life Support courses, and MRCPCH examiner, and enjoys lecturing and teaching. In her spare time Tina enjoys reading , travelling and running.

Dr Doug Simkiss

Doug Simkiss is Clinical Director and Consultant Community Paediatrician for the Children and Families Division of Birmingham Healthcare NHS Trust, the largest community trust in the country. He is also an Honorary Associate Clinical Professor in Child Health at Warwick Medical School.

He is designated doctor for looked after children in Birmingham and wrote his PhD on health service use of families where children enter public care. He has been a member of three NICE Guideline Development Groups; PH28, QS31 and children's attachment due to be published in october 2015.

He is academic convenor for the British Association for Commnuity Child Health, a member of the Strategic Research Group of BACD from 2008-15 and wrote the chapter on looked after children in the CMO annual report 2012 called 'Our children deserve better, prevention pays' published in october 2013.

He directs the RCPCH work in Palestine and his research interests are looked after children (mental health transition and immunisation uptake), children with disabilities (self injurious behaviour in non verbal children, effective use of walking frames in cerebral palsy and prioritisation of speech and language therapy).

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