Course Faculty

Course Faculty

Mitch Blair

Professor of Paediatrics and Child Public Health, Imperial College, London, UK  Consultant Paediatrician

General and developmental paediatrician , specialist in child public health. Was Senior Lecturer in Community Paediatrics 1990-98 in Nottingham. In 1998, he established the River Island Academic Centre for Paediatrics and Child Health at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow.UK  Research interests include international child health indicators, child public health monitoring, and health service evaluation. Co-author Manual of Community Paediatrics and also the first textbook on Child Public Health now in its 2nd Edition. US Edition Child Health – A population Perspective 2016.

He worked at the policy division of the English Department of Health  (Dec08- Mar10) to advise on the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) and lead on the Two Year Review, he led the production of HCP e learning launched by Ann Milton Minister for Public Health in March 2011 ,  He was Officer for Health Promotion for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health from 2010-15 and now leads a major research project ( MOCHA) on comparative primary child health care across Europe and complex interventions to prevent unscheduled ED attendance for preschool children in North West London.

Mark Butler

I am a consultant in General Paediatrics at Evelina London, appointed in 2018 after completing my paediatric training in London. I am a generalist at heart and have a range of interests/ short attention span. I am keen to develop integrated and ambulatory paediatric services with children and families at the centre. I am optimistic about the enormous potential for better use of IT and data in healthcare, though have had my share of frustrations.
I also work in the service development team at Evelina with a particular focus on complex care pathways and prolonged admissions to hospital. In this role and as a NICE scholar I have looked at guidelines and standards in healthcare and how best to effect systemic and organisational change.
I participated in the PICH programme in 2015 as a paediatric registrar. I really enjoyed the experience, found it very thought provoking and felt I learned a huge amount. I am very happy to have been asked to return as a mentor, and am looking forward to engaging with colleagues who are enthusiastic about improving the care we offer children and their families.

Kate Dharmarajah

Kate is an ST7 Paediatric trainee currently working at the Evelina. She has been involved in the development and running of PICH from its beginnings within the London School of paediatrics trainees committee. She has long held an interest in patient-centred healthcare and hopes to grow up to be like Mando and Chloe. She keeps herself busy as a mum of two and is always juggling 4-5  projects (from integrated care, to sourdough to interior decorating…)

Sharon Hall

Sharon is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, with clinical and research interests in integrated care and gastrointestinal allergy. She runs the joint allergy gastroenterology clinics at St Mary’s and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals, clinics for children with complex multisystem allergic disease as well as general allergy clinics. She was the clinical lead for “Itchy Sneezy Wheezy” and has worked with the roll out of the programme across outer North-West London in collaboration with CLAHRC NWL and leads the Paediatric Allergy and Asthma Network for North and West London. She initially trained in general practice, then   in general paediatrics with specialist interests in allergy and gastroenterology, before subspecialising in tertiary allergy.

Tom Holliday

Tom is a recently CCT’d general paediatrician working part clinically and partly with Islington CCG as project lead for their Paediatric Integrated care service. Tom has two lovely daughters to keep him busy.

Bob Klaber

Bob is a Consultant General Paediatrician at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust who also trained as a medical educationalist alongside his postgraduate paediatric training in London. He is currently working with colleagues in primary and secondary care to develop the Connecting Care for Children programme in North West London, which is focused on developing integrated care models of service and training within paediatrics and child health.

Bob is deputy Medical Director at Imperial and created the Trust’s QI directorate.

Claire Lemer

Claire combines working as a general paediatric consultant with service transformation focused on improving the interface between primary and hospital care. Claire spent two and a half years at the Department of Health and World Health Organisation where she worked in public health, quality improvement and developing clinical leadership programmes. During 2004 – 2005, Claire was a Harkness Fellow in Health Policy, based in Boston, where she researched the effects of communication in paediatric medication safety.

Chloe Macaulay

Chloe is a General Paediatric Consultant at the Evelina Hospital and a Training Programme Director for London School of Paediatrics. She has a background in Medical Education and is particularly interested in Integrated Care across the Primary-Secondary Care interface. She has developed the model of Learning Together clinics – integrated child health clinics for GP and Paediatric trainees. She is also the Paediatric Lead for the Childrens and Young People Health Partnership (CYPHP) a population based pilot intervention study in Lambeth and Southwark. See

Rosi Marsh

Niamh McLaughlin

Niamh is a General Practioner practising in a Westminster surgery.  She also works with the CCG and secondary care colleagues developing the paediatric services for Central London. Niamh is a trainer for the Imperial GP scheme.

Dave Mummery

Dave is a GP working two days a week in Kingston as a GP, and then two days a week at the Imperial College Healthcare Trust Department for Primary Care and Public Health. In addition he also works one day a week at the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) as the Primary Care GP Lead for North West London. In his role at the CRN he encourages primary care and GPs to get involved in health research.

Catherine Sikorski 

Catherine is a paediatric registrar who is most interested by things that happen outside the hospital walls – the social determinants of health, mental health, education, and primary care in its broadest sense. She is excited by ‘simple’ low-tech ways to improve health – particularly the power of the group. She has a masters in public health from LSHTM and worked in global health before starting her paediatric training.

Arpana Soni

Arpana is an ST8 Paediatric registrar working part clinically in Haringey in Paediatric Public Health and part time for Connecting Care for Children. She is a wonderful mum of 3.

Mando Watson

Mando Watson is a General Paediatrician at St Mary’s Hospital, part of Imperial College Healthcare. She is passionate about supporting children’s health in all settings: hospital, home, school and GP surgery.  She specialises in keeping children out of hospital, helping families to become experts in their own condition. Through the Connecting Care for Children programme in North West London she has developed a whole population approach, holistic care, a central role for the GP and increased emphasis on prevention  and the patient perspective. Mando believes workforce development can be a powerful lever for change. As a Training Programme Director for the London School of Paediatrics, she helps the paediatricians of the future to be the very best they can be. As past president of the Child Health section of the Royal Society of Medicine, Mando organised conferences that put patients and parents on the podium, recognising that paediatricians need to become better at collaborative decision-making with patients and parents  @mandowatson

Phillip Warrilow-Wilson

Lizzie Wortley

Jo Yong

Joanna is a GP Principal in a medium sized training practice in Barnet and has just become Child Health Clinical Lead for Barnet CCG. Her interest in paediatrics has come from emergency and general paediatric experience in Sydney, Australia. She is the Lead for Child Health Learning Together clinics in Barnet and has the pleasure of being a PICH mentor.

Lucy Pickard

Lucy is  a Consultant Paediatrician at Kings and RCPCH tutor.

Past faculty

Many thanks to our previous faculty members: Paul de Keyser,  Fran Cleugh, Eugenia Lee, Ronny Cheung, Ajanta Kamal, Monica Lakhanpaul, Simon Roth, Ingrid Wolfe, Lukshmy Jeyalingam, Francina Cunnington, Lisa Collins, Bina Chauhan, Michelle Heys and Melanie Menden.