South West Paediatric Club

An organisation of paediatricians and others working in child care in the South West of England.

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Friday 16th November 2018

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
UHBristol Education Centre, Upper Maudlin Street BS2 8BJ

Caring for children with life-limiting illnesses in a world where anything but not everything is possible

Key note speakers:

Professor Russell Viner, President, RCPCH will be providing a national update
Sarah Barclay, Founder of the Medical Mediation Foundation

See flyer here and full programme here

Thursday 3rd May 2018

Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa, Taunton

Managing pressure in the world of paediatrics
- Exploring well-being, resilience and performance

Key note speaker: Dr Michael Farquhar

See flyer here and full programme here

Friday 3 November 2017

Children on the Move:
Ambulatory and Community Care Innovations in Acute Paediatrics

The Bristol Children’s Emergency Department is looking forward to welcoming you to a day focused on improving efficiency and quality for children through initiatives in urgent, ambulatory and community care. See the full programme here

Spring Meeting, Thursday 18th May 2017

RILD lecture theatre, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Study day on Medically Unexplained Symptoms.
Thursday May 18th, 09.30-16.30 at the RILD lecture theatre, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

We will be covering topics such as Chronic pain, Chronic fatigue, Ehlers Danlos and POTS, with speakers including Dr Hannah Connell, Clinical lead and psychologist for Bath paediatric chronic pain service, and Dr Rory Conn, Liaison Psychiatrist from London. Our open forum discussion sessions will highlight pilot schemes in the area and will allow for case discussions brought in by clinicians and allied health professionals form around the region.

Spring Meeting, Monday 9th May 2016

Lydiard Park, Swindon

Please see the programme here.

Speakers include:

  • President's address from our new president Dr Huw Thomas
  • Key Note Speaker: Professor Andrew Rowlands – “From Sick Kids to SICK kids – travelling to learn and returning to inspire” which is a follow on from his extensive work as Winston Churchill Fellowship and work surrounding legislation on sexual exploitation and reducing sexual abuse.
  • Prof. Robert Tulloh: Cardiac surgery in Kenya – lessons we learned
  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust: Chief Executive Ms Julia Weston presentations for trainees and others wanting to explore different training opportunities abroad.

Abstracts for trainee presentations are welcomed, and should be submitted by 31st March 2016 to Dr Claire Broomfield, course organiser (

RCPCH CPD approval will be sought when the programme is finalised, and is very likely to be granted for up to 6 CPD credits. Registration will be via the SWPC website ( - details and prices to be arranged.


Autumn Meeting, Friday 6th November 2015

Education Centre, Upper Maudlin Street, University Hospitals Bristol, Bristol

See the Flyer here

Full Programme

Spring Meeting, Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Cheltenham Park Hotel, Cirencester Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 8EA, 01242 222021

Final Programme

Meeting Flyer

Autumn meeting, Friday 7th November 2014

Education Centre, Upper Maudlin Street, University Hospitals Bristol, Bristol

A day on Paediatric Burns, Trauma and Rehabilitation


See the full programme here.

RCPCH approved for 6 CPD credits.

Organisers: Daphin Fernandez, Indranil Dey, BRHC

Meeting Flyer


South West Paediatric Club Autumn Meeting

16th May 2014

Postgraduate Centre Royal United Hospital Bath BA1 3NG

Full programme details


Dr Rebecca Winterson

Bath Meeting Prizewinners

Bath Prizewinners
Bath meeting Prize winners with (from centre to right) Dr Steve Jones,
Dr Wynne Smith (prize), Dr. Eva Gooding (prize) and Stella Imong - SWPC President

Dr Eva Gooding
Dr Wynne Smith
Dr Eva Gooding - poster prize "Legal Highs"
Receives prize from the President
Dr Wynne Smith - oral presentation prize -
"Stuck in Oxygen" A case of neuroendocrine hyperplasia of infancy.
Receives prize from the President


South West Paediatric Club Autumn Meeting

Bristol 8th Nov 2013

Bristol Education Centre

RCPCH has approved this activity for up to 6 CPD credits, in accordance with the current RCPCH CPD Guidelines.

We would like to invite you to the Autumn Southwest Paediatric Club meeting 2013.

See Poster with more information

Full programme details

Spring 2013 meeting

3rd May 2013
Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG

‘Future Directions – Improving Outcomes for Child Health in the South West’


Spring 2012 Meeting

organiser Dr. Tony Lopez

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon

17 May 2012

0900-0930 Registration  
0930-1020 Headaches Dr Rachel Howells, Consultant Paediatrician, Exeter
1020-1100 Visual Development Mr Nick Evans, Consultant Ophthalmologist , Plymouth
1100-1120 Break  
1120-1150 Trainee Presentations 1,2  
1150-1240 Managing Chronic Pain in Children Dr Richard Howard, Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Management Department of Anaesthesia, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
1240-1350 Lunch  
1350-1430 Childcare Advice from the 16-21 st Century Christina Hardyment, Oxford Author: Dream Babies: Childcare Advice from John Locke to Gina Ford
1430-1530 Workshops Two half hour sessions from a choice of three
  • Mr Nick Evans: Assessing visual function in the acutely unwell child
  • Dr Rachel Howells: Some unusual cases of headache
  • Dr Richard Howard: Safe and effective use of neuropathic medication in children
1530-1550 Break  
1550-1620 Trainee Presentations 3,4  
1620-1700 Developing Paediatric Networks Dr Carol Ewing, Consultant Paediatrician, Central Manchester University Hospital
1700-1740 Swimming with Sharks; A Doctor in Parliament Dr Sarah Woollaston, GP, and MP for Totnes
1740-1745 Closure and Thanks  
1800-1900 AGM  



 Thursday 10th and Friday 11th November 2011

Venue: Medical Education Building
Upper Maudlin Street
Bristol BS2 8BJ

Programme: Recent advances in:

  • New-born Care
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Child Abuse Detection
  • Rheumatology
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Allergy and Asthma

See full Programme

Please complete the Abstract Submission Form (Word doc) if you wish to submit an abstract.

2 days
Consultants £100 (members £50)
ST Trainees £50, Retired free - but registration required
1 day
Consultants £60 (members £25)
ST Trainees £30. Retired free - but registration required
£35 (see below)



SWPC Meeting Dinner

Date: 10th November, 2011
Venue: Goldbrick House, 67 Park Street, Bristol
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Menu : 3-course menu with wide selection from set menu
Vegetarian, Kosher and Halal dishes also available
Wine provided
Cost: £35 per person - please pay via the registration form linked below or make cheques payable to SWPC and send to:
Dr L Dibble
Consultant Paediatirician
Child Health Department
Torbay Hospital
Lawes Bridge
Torquay TQ2 7AA

Friday May 20th 2011

Venue Royal Devon & Exeter Postgraduate Medical Centre

Full Programme

Cost: £60.00 for non-members, £30.00 for members, free for the retired. Please use our Meeting Registration Form if you wish to attend. We encourage you to pay online but will also accept cheques made payable to SWPC.

Dinner – book before May 13th, please!

Dinner on the evening of 20th May will be held at St Olaves Restaurant and Hotel in the centre of Exeter ( As always this is a great opportunity to catch up with past colleagues, friends and to link with trainees across the region. Everyone +/- partners will be very welcome and our speakers will join us.

Please see the function menu here from which you can pre-order. Price per person is £23.50 including coffee. Wine can be bought on the evening. Dishes marked * are gluten free but do let me know if there are any other dietary requirements. Please contact me on to book your menu choices; confirmation is needed before 13th May. Please make payment can be through this website after completing the Meeting Registration Form.

Accommodation and activities

St Olaves Hotel have agreed a special room rate for delegates of £105 a night double occupancy or £90 single occupancy. This is inclusive of full English breakfast and VAT.

There is a wide choice of other accommodation available in Exeter. I would suggest you visit for more information. Particular recommendations are Jurys Inn which is very central or the new Premier Inn which is located next to Exeter St Davids station. Sampsons Farm, a short drive outside Exeter (, will also offer a special rate – phone and speak to Nigel, mentioning SW Paediatric Club, and he’ll look after you.

There are many beautiful places in and around Exeter and a number of events on in Devon over the weekend of 21st/22nd May so why not make a weekend of it?! Please visit the website above for more information.

Bristol, Friday 5th November 2010
Education Centre,
University Hospitals Bristol,
Upper Maudlin Street,
BS2 8BJ.

Organisers: Anna Thursby-Pelham, Doug Heller, Rosie Fish

We have a selection of superb speakers as well as the opportunity for our trainees to present at a regional meeting. You can see our Provisional Programme here.

Cost: £60.00 for non-members, £30.00 for members, free for the retired. Please use our Meeting Registration Form if you wish to attend. We encourage you to pay online but will also accept cheques made payable to SWPC.

Call for Abstracts
Submit abstracts by e-mail to by Friday 22nd October by completing and attaching the abstract form (Word Document).

We will be awarding prizes for the best research/audit, case report and poster presentation.

Business Meeting Agenda

Dinner after the meeting is at Hotel Du Vin which is an excellent restaurant and walking distance from the venue. The nearest parking is at Trenchard Street car park, BS1 5AN, with a short walk down towards the Education Centre, which is directly opposite the new Children’s Hospital. We looking forward to seeing you at the meeting,
Anna Thursby-Pelham, Doug Heller and Rosie Fish (meeting organizers)

Torbay, Friday 21st May 2010
TREC, Torbay DGH, Torquay .
Organiser Alison Janzen.


A series of short presentations from specialists across the South West peninsula to include genetics, imaging, surgery, neurology, respiratory and diabetes.

  • Future predictions may not always be accurate but it is hoped that the presentations will be informative, thought provoking and fun!


  • Prof Stuart Logan, Cerebra Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology, Peninsula Medical School, who will talk on OSTEOPATHY FOR CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY.
  • Junior presentations and posters featuring clinical cases and audit and research projects from around the region.
  • The meeting will end with the Victor Neale Lecture delivered by Dr. John Tripp, recently retired from the Paediatric Department at Royal Devon and Exeter

Minutes of the Torbay May 2010 Business Meeting

Friday 6th November 2009
Education Centre, University Hospitals Bristol

We would like to invite you to the Autumn South West Paediatric Club Meeting. The meeting will be held in the Education Centre, University Hospitals Bristol, Upper Maudlin Street, BS2 8BJ.

We promise an excellent day of superb speakers as well as the opportunity for our trainees to present at a regional meeting. You can see our provisional programme here.

Please submit abstracts by email to by Monday 12th October 2009 using the abstract form (available as Word document to complete on your PC and e-mail back). We will be awarding prizes for the best research/audit, case report and poster presentation.

Join us for dinner after the meeting at Juniper, which is an excellent restaurant and walking distance from the venue.

The nearest parking is at Trenchard Street car park, BS1 5AN, with a short walk down towards the Education Centre, which is directly opposite the new Children’s Hospital.

If you register before Friday 23rd October the cost of the meeting will be £30 for SWPC members, £60 for non-members and free if you are retired. Please do register for the meeting well in advance. You can download a registration form here.

Closing date for early-bird registration Friday 23rd October 2009.

We looking forward to seeing you at the meeting,

Tom Hilliard & Laura Hole, meeting organisers.

Business meeting / Annual General Meeting documents

Would members please study the draft constitution and make any comments to before the meeting or bring comments / additions to the meeting.

Friday 22nd May 2009
Truro College, Truro

Cornwall would like to invite you to the Spring South West Paediatric Club Meeting 2009. The location is Fal Building, Truro College, College Road, Truro, TR1 3XX. On the North West outskirts of Truro and close to the hospital, the college is a modern building with up-to-date facilities. This should assist in the smooth running of the conference.

See the Plan for the Day

The college has authorised 6 CPD points for attendance.

We are currently calling for abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Please see the Call for Abstracts form for details.

The night before on 21 st May there will be a meal at “Harbour View Hotel” in Falmouth. This great venue has recently been refurbished and as its name suggests is a very picturesque location to kick-start your summer! Dinner starts at 7.00pm and will be £25.00. If you are travelling down there are many good local hotels to stay in overnight (or even the weekend) – we can ask around if you would like some suggestions!

There will also be the South West Paediatric Club Golf Tournament currently held by Dr Ellis (complete with trophy) to play for after the meeting. Please let me know if you are interested.

Price for the meeting is £60 for senior members, £30 for junior members, no charge for retired members. This includes a buffet lunch with vegetarian option. Please return the booking form with cheque payable to:
South West Paediatric Club,
Dr Vijay Tandle,
Child Health Directorate,
Gwithian Unit,
Tower Block Building,
Royal Cornwall Hospital,
TR1 3LS,



The day will start with registration from 09.30. During the day there will be a number of keynote lectures, invited speakers including;

  • Mr Mike Carter, Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol
  • Professor Peter Dunn, Emeritus Professor of Perinatal Medicine and Child Health, University of Bristol
  • Dr Sharon Redrobe, Head of Veterinary Services at Bristol Zoo and inaugural Beryl Corner lecturer.

During the afternoon there will be opportunity for delegates to explore Bristol Zoo gardens. The evening will begin with a drinks reception followed by the SWPC dinner. A full program with directions will be made available on the SWPC website in due course.

Plan for the Day

For any further queries please email

Paediatricians attending this event may claim up to 6 CPD credits, in accordance with the current RCPCH CPD guidelines

12th June 2008

Implementation of Medium Chain Acetyl Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD) screening
as part of the Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme

Bristol Newborn Screening Laboratory

12th June 2008 – Holiday Inn Taunton M5

Draft Programme

Booking Form

South-West Paediatric Club Scientific Meeting
Thursday 22 May 2008

Hosted by Yeovil District Hospital Paediatric Department  

Dillington Hall - click to enlargeOur meeting will be held at the delightful Dillington Hall, located in the rustic idyll of the foothills of the Blackdown Hills. Described by some as “An earthly paradise, just off the A303” Dillington Hall will satisfy every one of your senses and corporal desires. You can even stay overnight in one of their recently renovated and re-furbished rooms, each of which has its own unique décor to cater for the most exquisite and discerning taste. Access is easy, no matter which direction you are coming from.

Our invited speakers include the following doctors. We are confident that you will enjoy a day of varied, imaginative and novel presentations & discussion delivered by expert speakers from the South-West and beyond.

Dr.Rebecca Bardgett is a Consultant Paediatrician at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Her area of particular expertise is in the field of Medical Education, and she has been pivotal in the establishment of an innovative and effective programme for the training of Junior Doctors in Paediatrics. Her Paediatric experience includes many years of working in the North of England and in New Zealand

Dr. Arnon Bentovim has a long and distinguished career in Child Psychiatry with a special interest in child abuse and incest. He worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital as a Consultant for many years and latterly at the London Child and Family Consultation Service. He has an internationally renowned reputation in the assessment and management of some of the most difficult & disturbed youngsters and their families.

Dr.Mary McGraw is very well known locally as a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist based at Bristol Children’s Hospital. She also has an important national role as a senior member of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health acting as chairperson for the RCPCH standing Committee on Training.

Dr.Maryam Zahir is a Consultant Paediatrician who works for the Department of Community Child Health in Brent PCT in North London. She has many years of experience working as a Community Paediatrician for the deprived populations in Central and North London. She has been innovative in the establishment of teams and processes for delivering effective care for children and young people with disabilities.

The contact is Dr Paul Heaton

Directions & Map

Plan for the Day

Call for Abstracts

Booking Form

Joint SWAPIT and SWPC Meeting
Cheltenham 17th/18th May 2007


SWAPIT Meeting Thursday 17th May
SWAPIT/SWPC Dinner Thursday 17th May
SWPC Meeting Friday 18th May

Sandford Education Centre Cheltenham see map



Invitations / Booking Forms
SWAPIT Meeting Invitation & Booking Form SWPC Meeting Invitation & Booking Form
SWAPIT Meeting Thursday 17th May Agenda SWPC Meeting Friday 18th May Agenda
SWAPIT Meeting Organiser: Dr Lyda Jadresic, SWPC Meeting Organiser: Dr Thomas Kus,
Gloucester Royal Hospital
Great Western Road Gloucester GL1 3NN
Tel: 08454228491 Fax: 08454228145

Presentation Archive

Providing supportive ventilation for a child with SMA type 1
by Charlotte Mellor, Tom Hilliard, Simon Langton Hewer and Jenny Tyrrell, November 2006


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