Paediatrics training

We have many opportunities for trainees within paediatrics, including in our neonatal unit, general paediatrics and outpatients.

Neonatal unit

Our neonatal unit is a tertiary (level 3) intensive care unit in the Northern Neonatal Network. The unit has five intensive care, four HDU and 13 SCBU cots as well as a two bedded transitional care unit.

We provide intensive care to the BAPM criteria caring for all gestations including extreme prematurity at the limits of viability (23 weeks) and all modalities including HFOV, inhaled NO and cooling therapy.

There are excellent opportunities for research. We recruit for multicentre portfolio studies and there are numerous opportunities available. We provide appropriate guidance and encourage research projects towards international presentations and publications in peer reviewed journals.

The consultants have special interests ranging from neurology, infection, neonatal cardiology, nutrition and research. Our department benefits from good support services for example paediatric radiologist, ophthalmologist, ENT.

There are weekly high risk neonatal follow up clinics and opportunities to attend paediatric dermatology, cardiology, neurology, neuro disability, respiratory, diabetes and endocrine and gastroenterology clinics.

General paediatrics

Inpatients

We provide care to children and young people from birth to age 16 in a 30 bedded ward at the University Hospital of North Tees.

The ward has 11 cubicles, two to four bedded bays and a two bedded high dependency unit. There is a day unit which has 10 beds including five cubicles.

Well staffed, excellent experience, nice team to work with, never felt out of my depth.

ST2.

There is a separate day unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool which is led by nurse practitioners. General paediatrics and speciality patients are cared for including neurology and neurodisability, gastro, respiratory, allergy and infectious diseases.

Outpatients

There are busy outpatient clinics dealing with all aspects of paediatrics. These clinics are held in a dedicated paediatric outpatient suite at the University Hospital of North Tees, the University Hospital of Hartlepol and at Peterlee Community Hospital.

There are regular clinics in the following (trainees are allocated clinics in accordance to their speciality interest):

  • diabetes and endocrinology
  • acute neurology (headaches and epilepsy)
  • cystic fibrosis
  • asthma and respiratory problems
  • cardiology
  • neurodisability
  • neonatal follow up
  • allergy
  • paediatric gastroenterology
  • infection and HIV
  • general paediatrics
  • community clinics
  • developmental assessment clinics
  • audiology clinics
  • clinics for children with toileting problems
  • clinic in special school for children with physical disabilities and learning disabilities
  • multidisciplinary feeding difficulties clinic
  • autistic spectrum clinic

There are clinics held by the child and adolescent psychiatrists.

The following clinics are also held by visiting consultants:

  • neonatal ophthalmology
  • endocrinology clinic
  • paediatric neurology clinic
  • paediatric respiratory clinic
  • paediatric muscle clinic
  • paediatric dermatology
  • paediatric urology and nephrology

Good clinical supervision during community post. Good selection of clinics and timetable during community period flexible according to trainees needs.

ST5.

Team of consultants and speciality:

Paediatrics:

  • Dr J Jani – clinical director, diabetes and endocrine, community
  • Dr Sivakumar – neurology, safe guarding (Hartlepool)
  • Dr Santosh Gupta – medical education, safe guarding (Stockton), FP lead
  • Dr Bruce McClain – paediatric gastroenterology
  • Dr Anil Tuladhar – respiratory paediatrics, GP lead
  • Dr Venita Sharma – diabetes and endocrinology, TPD ST4-6
  • Dr Beena Kurup – neurology and neurodisability
  • Dr Vijay Tandle – nephrology, clinical governance
  • Dr Ivonne Haar – infection and allergy
  • Dr Anil Gupta – community paediatrician, epilepsy and audit lead
  • Dr Juliet Jude – community and neurodisability, safe guarding
  • Dr Neelmanee Ramphul – respiratory paediatrics, allergy
  • Dr Ramesh Srinivasan – diabetes and endocrinology, general
  • Dr C De Silva – diabetes and endocrinology, general
  • Dr K Singh – community paediatrician

Neonatology:

  • Dr Chidambara Harikumar – neonatology, neurology, dermatology, RCPCH regional advisor
  • Dr Bernd Reichert – neonatology, infection, nutrition, NLS, education and TPD ST 1-3 trainees
  • Prof Samir Gupta – neonatology, cardiology, research and audit
  • Dr S Janakiraman – neonatology, cardiology, neonatal hip and renal, RCPCH college tutor

Associate specialists:

  • Dr Mercy Mshelbwala – community, general paeds
  • Dr McKinty – community
  • Dr Duval – community
  • Dr Patel – community

Teaching opportunities:

  • weekly neonatal topic
  • weekly paediatric topic
  • monthly radiology meetings
  • monthly journal club meetings
  • monthly case based discussions
  • external speakers
  • consultant delivered induction teaching on key topics for first six weeks of rotation
  • monthly perinatal mortality and morbidity meetings
  • once monthly peer review safe guarding meeting
  • once monthly audit meetings
  • monthly clinical governance / risk management meetings
  • all trainees allocated an audit topic
  • research opportunities
  • MRCPCH clinical examiners in our department- regular teaching sessions
  • Dr Anil Tuladhar organises MRCPCH course
  • neonatal life support courses held three times a year at the University Hospital of North Tees – Dr B Reichert
  • study days, symposium and conferences organised by consultants
  • leadership and management opportunities
  • faculty development courses

Trainees are also offered:

  • regular college tutor surgeries enabling trainees to make individual appointments to discuss any issues
  • paediatric education group meetings 2-3 / 6 months
  • excellent mentoring scheme and pastoral support
  • end of post meeting with the ST lead to reflect on experience in post

The department topped in four domains in a recent trainee survey completed by the Deanery. The department prides itself in having a good reputation for training opportunities, supportive consultants and a good teaching programme.