International Child Health
Meet The Team
Pete Arrowsmith, Resuscitation Training Officer
Pete Arrowsmith is the Clinical Specialist Nurse Paediatric Resuscitation/Emergency Planner at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, a post he has held for the last 11 years. He is based in the Emergency Department and Acute Medicine and has worked at Alder Hey since 1988. Pete has been involved with the Kanti Children’s Hospital since 2005 as project lead for Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) and basic resuscitation, and recently carried out some training for students at the Medical School in Burgunj in the south of the country.
Pete is married to Maureen, who is also a nurse at Alder Hey and they have two teenage sons, Shawn and James.
Dr Ramandeep Arora, Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Oncology
Dr James Bunn, Consultant General Paediatrician
Dr Enitan Carrol, Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases
Mr Arvind Chandna, Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist
Professor Nigel Cunliffe, Professor in Medical Microbiology
Dr Andrew Curran, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
Ms Sian Falder, Consultant Paediatric Plastic Surgeon
Sian qualified in Medicine from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School (now part of Imperial) in 1992 and has been a Consultant in Burns and Plastic Surgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital since 2008. She is the Lead Clinician for the Alder Hey Burns Unit as well as providing a general paediatric plastic surgery service.
Sian is committed to working to reduce global health inequalities, especially in the neglected area of burns and soft tissue trauma, which cause lifelong suffering and disability. She first visited Nepal as part of a medical mountaineering expedition in 1994 and is now proud to be a Trustee of So the Child May Live. Sian has established a strong Burn Unit partnership with the Unit in Kanti and, together with other members of Alder Hey’s burns team, visits Kanti once or twice a year.
Dr. Melissa Gladstone is a Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Neurodisability and International Child Health. She works at Alder Hey seeing children with disabilities in the community. Dr. Gladstone spent her early research career creating a developmental assessment tool for use in Malawi, the MDAT. This is freely available and is used now in over 8 countries in Africa as an outcome measure. Dr. Gladstone works with the World Health Organisation on the Expert panel for Early Child Development and Childhood Developmental Disorders and is working on identifying indicators for early child development on a global scale. She has also conducted one of the first studies worldwide on the outcomes of correctly gestationally dated infants born prematurely in community settings in Africa and has shown the high excess rates of mortality and morbidity in this group even in those born only in the late premature phase.
Presently, Dr. Gladstone is working on creating interventions to improve outcomes of children with neurodevelopmental delay and disabilities in low cost settings as well as looking at outcomes of children affected by malaria in pregnancy.
Dr Rachel Kneen, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
Dr Rachel Kneen is a Paediatric Neurologist who has a clinical interest in epilepsy, particularly management with the ketogenic diet (she is the clinical lead for this service). This service has developed rapidly over the last three years and patients are now being treated from the Merseyside and other regions of the country. She also has a clinical interest in Neurovascular disorders and works as a member of the Neurovascular Multidisciplinary Team. In 2011 she established a new clinical service to develop and improve the management of children with Neuroinflammatory disorders with Dr Eileen Baildam from the Rheumatology Team. This service is managing children with a wide range of autoimmune neurological disorders including those with autoimmune encephaliti
Professor Barry Pizer, Consultant Paediatric Oncologist
Barry is a prominent member of the national Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) and has sat on the Executive group of the CCLG. He has a particular interest in tumours of the central nervous system in children and young people, and is a member and has chaired the CCLG CNS Tumour Division. He was Chair of the CCLG Supportive Care Working Group and founded both the CCLG Mouth Care Group and Good Ideas Group.
He is the current Chair of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology-Europe Brain Tumour Group and has led on a number of national and international clinical trials, particularly for medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumour in childhood.
He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool. Basic science interests include medulloblastoma, neuroblastoma and the development of markers of infection in oncology. Other research interests include supportive care aspects of paediatric oncology, such as infection, mouth care and nausea and vomiting.Barry is committed to helping to provide support for paediatric oncology in developing countries (PODC) and established the CCLG PODC Group. He has helped develop paediatric oncology units in Nepal, Cameroon and Bosnia.
Professor Atif Rahman, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Atif Rahman is professor of child psychiatry at the University of Liverpool and chairs the Academic child mental health unit at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and an Honorary Director of the Research NGO, the Human Development Research Foundation, Pakistan. Rahman leads the Global Mental Health research group at the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool.
Rahman’s research, funded through successive Wellcome Trust Fellowships, has focussed on the epidemiology of maternal mental health, the impact of maternal depression on child health and development, and community-based psychosocial interventions for maternal and child mental health in low-income settings. He has assisted the WHO and UNICEF in developing and revising their packages of care for mental health and early child development. He currently leads three multisite trials in South Asia focussing on the delivery of mental health interventions through non-specialists. He is Principal Investigator, with Vikram Patel, of the South Asian Hub for Research, Advocacy and Education (SHARE) in mental health, a 5-year programme funded by the NIH in the USA. He divides his time between the UK and South Asia, where most of his research is based.
Dr Mary Ryan, Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Kim Williams, Nurse Consultant, Dept of Emergency Medicine