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Dr Philip Abraham - ESNEFT - Community Paediatrics
Dr Philip Abraham - ESNEFT - Community Paediatrics

Philip Abraham

Paediatrics (Community)

Colchester Hospital

I have worked at the Trust since 2016, covering all Community Paediatric problems. I have been a Consultant Community Paediatrician for about 8 years.

My special interests include ADHD, Autism and Developmental problems in children. My Qualifications are MD Paediatrics, FRCPCH, MRCP(UK) Paediatrics and Diploma in Child Health ( University of Leeds).

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Photograph of Helen Alabede

Helen Alabede

Consultant, Medical advisor for adoption and Lead clinician

Colchester Hospital

I have been a Consultant at the Trust since September 2016, having completed much of my training here, alongside Chelmsford, Harlow and Addenbrookes.

The majority of my work is general community paediatric, such as developmental delay and children with syndromes, as well as neurobehavioral conditions such as autism and ADHD. I also work out of hours in the paediatric department at Colchester General Hospital and have an interest in education and simulation.

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Photograph of Manal Issa

Manal Issa

Paediatrics

Colchester Hospital

I am Consultant Paediatrician with special interest in neurodisability and epilepsy. I also work with children with neurodevelopmental or neurobehavioural disorders.

I joined the paediatric team at Colchester in 2021. I had held previous consultant appointments at Northampton General Hospital where I was the lead for the neuromuscular and Botulinum injection clinics. In West Suffolk Foundation Trust I was the lead for the movement disorder clinic . My post-graduate training was in the East of England Deanery and I completed  my SPIN neurology training in Addenbrookes and GOSH.

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Photograph of Benjamin Marlow

Benjamin Marlow

Paediatrics

Colchester Hospital

In my role of Consultant Paediatrician with Neurodisability interest, I aim to deliver the highest standard of care to young people and their families experiencing complex neurodevelopmental problems. I have a passion for championing the rights of children with neurodisability, their access to education, medical services and above all to experience happy and fulfilling lives. I also have a strong interest in evidence-based medicine and want to better serve the speciality with opportunites of earlier intervention and scientific base.

I have set up a translational research centre The Synapse Centre for Neurodevelopment ESNEFT (East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust). The centre is looking to translate biomedical research into practical therapies for local children and their families with conditions such as Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual disability and Genetic syndromes. The Synapse Centre seeks to be at the forefront of new era of research seeking to investigate the effects of microbiome / gut-brain axis, immune-metabolism and functional genomics that can impact on brain development. The centre will target innovative new strategies of database acquisition and phenotyping through biomarkers and biometric data.

I also lecture at Anglia Ruskin University and have a strong interest in education having completed a PGCME.

I joined ESNEFT in March 2019.

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Photograph of Priyanthie Perera

Priyanthie Perera

Paediatrics (Community)

I have been a paediatrician at the Trust for 19 years and joined the community paediatric team in 2003.

I am passionate about working with and helping children with additional development needs and looked after children and young people.

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