I trained in Paediatric Infectious Diseases in London. I have a Certificate of Completion of Training in General Paediatrics with sub-specialty accreditation in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Immunology and Allergy.
I qualified from London University in 1989. I completed a Masters Degree in Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1990. I started my Paediatric training in 1991. I obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1994 (MRCP). I have twenty- four years of experience in Paediatrics.
Research into meningitis and septicaemia: Between 1997-2002, I undertook a major national research study into meningococcal disease in childhood. I ran a multi-centre study aimed at understanding the role of healthcare delivery in the outcome of meningococcal disease in children in the UK. This study highlighted where the failings in care occurred at primary and secondary level. This was a collaborative study between Imperial College and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
This study is the first to show that optimal early management of meningococcal disease improves outcome, published in the British medical journal 2005. The research also led to a publication in The Lancet on the pre-admission symptoms of children with meningococcal disease, the largest series ever published.
In 2010 I was awarded a higher degree, MD (res) from the University of London. The title of my thesis is “Healthcare delivery and the outcome of meningococcal disease in children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.”