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Here you can find out more about the Rheumatology team.

Our consultants include:

Dr Eileen Baildam, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool

I started in Alder Hey in 2006 moving from Manchester Children’s Hospital where I had been a Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist for 13 years.  I was attracted  by the wonderful team here in a Children’s Trust ambitious to pursue excellence through research into the serious diseases that children with rheumatological disorders have to deal with.  I have helped to champion the idea that children have a right to be involved in research into their condition and now the majority of our patients are offered this opportunity, making our centre one of the most research active paediatric rheumatology centres in the UK.

I love the cute daily happenings in Alder Hey such as the 3 year scolding her mother because her toy witches broomstick didn’t actually work when she had planned to fly up our long colourful corridor.  The fact that children sometimes cry when they have to leave the hospital because they have actually enjoyed being here defines the quality of care we try to deliver.


Specialisms: Scleroderma in Childhood, Treatments in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Clinical Drug Trials.

Professor Michael W Beresford, Professor in Child Health, Honorary Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist

Professor Beresford is Professor in Child Health in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at the University of Liverpool and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist,

He is Joint Interim Director of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN). The MCRN works in close partnership with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, contract research organisations and other companies supporting the development and delivery of Paediatric Investigational Plans, and also supports publicly-funded research.

Professor Beresford is Academic Lead in the research active Clinical Academic Department of Paediatric Rheumatology at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundations Trust. He is Clinical Director of the NIHR Alder Hey Clinical Research Facility for Experimental Medicine. He is Chair of the NIHR MCRN / Arthritis Research UK Paediatric Rheumatology Clinical Studies Group, responsible for developing and overseeing a UK-wide comprehensive portfolio for clinical trials (commercial and non-commercial) and related studies covering the entire spectrum of disease areas in paediatric rheumatology and musculoskeletal health.

He sits of the International Advisory Council of the Paediatric International Trials Organisation (PRINTO) (, is UK representative on the international consortium “Understanding Childhood Arthritis Network (UCAN)” investigating the biological basis of JIA and Chair of the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society Lupus Working Group


Dr Gavin Cleary, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist

I have been in post as a consultant paediatric rheumatologist since January 2003. I feel extremely proud to work at Alder Hey working as I do with patients, families and also colleagues from so many different teams and disciplines including specialist nurses and physiotherapists.

I have interest and expertise in all areas of inflammatory rheumatological conditions. In addition my training as a general paediatrician is also very valuable when diagnosing and treating non inflammatory conditions such as chronic pain which is another specific interest of mine.

There is a growing research interest within the team which I am actively involved with.


Dr Liza J. McCann, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist, Alder Hey Hospital and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University of Liverpool. Chair of Rheumatology RCPCH CSAC.

I have had the privilege of working at Alder Hey since November 2005, when I moved from London and I have never looked back. I love my job and working with such a fantastic team.

Over the years, we have developed a clinical-academic department to be really proud of, recognised by awards such as Lupus UK Centre of Excellence. The department has grown into one of the top rheumatology units in the UK, recognised for its clinical expertise and national and international research. Ultimately, this means a high level of care for patients and families in their treatment.

I am interested in training paediatric rheumatologists for the future and I currently Chair the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Specialist Advisory Committee for Paediatric Rheumatology.


Specialisms: Inflammatory joint and muscle disease, particularly juvenile dermatomyositis, lupus and other connective tissue disease as well as juvenile arthritis, vasculitis and fever syndromes.

Dr Clare Pain, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist

I started as a consultant at Alder Hey in 2012 and have enjoyed my first few years here immensely. This is because I have the chance to work within a caring and professional team who have the best interests of children and families at heart. The team are active within research and I love the mix of clinical and research work which allows us to improve outcomes for children with rheumatological conditions. This has allowed me to develop my own specialist interests within scleroderma and Behcet’s disease in children.

BMedSci, BMBS, MRCPCH, MSc in clinical rheumatology

Specialisms: Scleroderma in childhood, Paediatric Behcet’s disease


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