I moved to CDDFT in 2004 after three years as a consultant
at Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust. I previously trained in
Newcastle in the North East and Sheffield, including posts at
Sheffield Children's Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals
Regional Neonatal, Paediatric Intensive Care and Respiratory
Units, and Supra Regional Bone Marrow Transplant Unit,
Sheffield's Regional Maternity and Baby Hospital, then Jessop's
Hospital for Women, Sunderland and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS
Since joining CDDFT, I have been audit and clinical governance
lead, clinical lead 2008-2010, become an instructor on several life
support courses (NLS, PiLS, EPLS, PCP) and set up NLS, EPLS and
PiLS courses at CDDFT. There are now two NLS a year, four PiLS
and three 2 or 3 EPLS. I have become an examiner for
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) exams, and
gained the Diploma of Child Health (DCH) and Membership of the
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH).
My aim is to continue to improve standards of care in CDDFT. All
permanent staff who work with children need training in the basic
life support of children and recognise when children need help to
protect them. All permanent senior staff should have advanced life
support skills for children and can work with social services and
other agencies to protect children that need it. All midwives
should be able to resuscitate newborn babies. CDDFT is not 100%
perfect but is close to 100% for all these objectives and helps
neighbouring Trusts with similar training.
In 2012, I successfully enrolled CDDFT paediatrics in two
National Research Studies (NIHR) for the first time.
I hope to re-establish CDDFT as an examination centre for the
RCPCH examinations, improve the numbers of staff trained in
safeguarding (protecting) children, and establish more research
projects. I anticipate that we will be one of the first, if not the
first, District General Hospital in the North East to have
consultants seeing acutely ill children admitted up to 21:00 7 days
a week. This is important because most children are admitted to
hospital in the evenings and at weekends when traditionally
consultants have not been in the building.
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'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital