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Here you can find out more about the Respiratory services team.

 Sarah Mayell

Copy of Dr Sarah Mayell 1QualificationsMBBCh (Hons) 2000, MRCPCH 2004

MembershipsRoyal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, European Respiratory Society, British Paediatric Respiratory Society, European Cystic Fibrosis Society

Sarah is a member of the large multidisciplinary respiratory team at Alder Hey who provide care for children of Merseyside, the North West and North Wales. The team provide comprehensive care for children with respiratory disorders from initial referral, through investigations, diagnosis and management. Sarah’s interests include respiratory infections, complex respiratory disorders, asthma, interstitial lung disease and cystic fibrosis. Sarah also has an interest in educational supervision and training of junior doctors and is a member of national MRCPCH Part 1 question setting board.

Secretary  Joyce Finnegan: Telephone 0151 252 5777 | Email:

Dr Kevin Southern

Kevin SouthernQualifications: MB ChB, MRCP, PhD

Current memberships: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (Fellow), European Cystic Fibrosis Society (Fellow) Reader and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Institute of Child Health – Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

Clinical interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Complex, Respiratory Disease – Dr Southern is also a Tertiary Paediatrician and treats patients with complex respiratory diseases. Flexible bronchoscopy – Dr Southern runs the Flexible Bronchosopy list with Dr Calum Semple

Additional information

Dr Kevin Southern joined Alder Hey on the 1st January 2000; He has been the lead clinician for Cystic Fibrosis since 2007. He works with local Paediatricians in Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales to support children with Cystic Fibrosis
Dr Southern is on the UK New Born Screening Board for Cystic Fibrosis. In 2007 along with other clinicians he helped set up the National Newborn Screening Programme to diagnose Cystic Fibrosis. He is also currently the Chair of the European CF Society Neonatal Screening Working Group.

He also supports and evaluates research on Cystic Fibrosis therapies by monitoring and minimizing the burden on patients.
Locally he is a Regional Academic Advisor and the Deputy Head of the University of Liverpool Department of Women and Children’s Health. He is an editor for the Cochrane Review Group, an international group examining evidence for interventions in CF, based at Alder Hey.

 Paul McNamara

Paul McNamara

Qualifications: MBBS(1991), MRCPCH(1996), PhD(2004)



Specialities and Clinical Interests: Respiratory Paediatrics, Cystic Fibrosis, Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia, Asthma

Additional Information

Paul’s main research interest is bronchiolitis, one of the commonest causes of paediatric hospitalisation in Liverpool and worldwide. Much of his research has focused on identifying the inflammatory responses to viral infection in the lungs of children with severe bronchiolitis. Based on these studies in work funded by the Wellcome Trust, his team have gone on to examine how the cells lining the airway respond to viral infection. He is also chief investigator on an NIHR funded study to develop a bronchiolitis severity scoring instrument. This instrument will be useful when deciding whether a baby needs admission to hospital, or intensive support and or whether they can go home. It should also be useful in future clinical trials.

His other research interests include aspiration lung disease in children with neurodisability, and investigating adherence to treatment in children with cystic fibrosis.

Dr Calum Semple

Calum SempleQualifications: PhD, BM BCh, PGCertMedEd

Fellowships: Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Specialisms: Asthma, respiratory infection, flexible bronchoscopy

Dr Calum Semple provides a tertiary respiratory outpatient clinic and the regional bronchoscopy service with Dr Kevin Southern here at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Calum came to Merseyside in 1999 after training in London and Oxford. His doctoral research in London was in clinical virology, but he was converted to paediatrics by the inspiring clinical teachers at Oxford, and then persuaded to join the respiratory team at Alder Hey. A NIHR Clinician Scientist Award in 2002 allowed him to develop his principal research interest in viral bronchiolitis and influenza, two of the most important causes of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) in children. He was jointly appointed Senior Lecturer in Child Health at University of Liverpool and Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at Alder Hey in 2006. He was a co-investigator on FLU-CIN (2009-12) and MOSAIC (2010-2014). He is chief investigator for FLU-CATs (2013-) and ISARIC-WHO Biological Sampling Protocol (2014-) and co-investigator on ARCHIE (2014-), all NIHR portfolio studies that study SARI.

Calum was a volunteer at the London 2012 Olympic Games where he led the field of play medical team at the shooting events. He volunteers medical support to the Cheshire, Merseyside and North West Counties Amateur Boxing Association.

Contact Details 

Tertiary Respiratory Referrals: Renate Manning 0151 293 3641

Bronchoscopy Referrals: Joyce Finnegan 0151 252 5777

Ian Sinha

Ian Sinha for webQualifications: MBBS 2002, MRCPCH 2005, PhD 2011

Training: Undergraduate at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, post graduate training in general paediatrics in the Mersey region, followed by sub-specialty training in respiratory paediatrics at Liverpool and Manchester

Particular clinical interests: Asthma and pre-school wheeze, cystic fibrosis, neonatal lung disease, flexible bronchoscopy

Research interests: Clinical trials in children; research methodology, particularly relating to selection, measurement, and reporting of outcomes; Cochrane reviews

Pathway coordinator: 0151 252 5777


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