I have been working as a Consultant at the Trust since 2016. I have been a consultant Community Paediatrician for about 12 years.
My qualifications are MD Paediatrics, FRCPCH and Diploma in Child Health ( University of Leeds).
My special interests are ADHD and Autism spectrum Disorder
Consultant, Medical advisor for adoption and Lead clinician
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 am currently designated Doctor for looked after children for Southend, Essex and Thurrock, and that my work also includes adoption for West, Mid and North Essex.
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.
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 opportunities 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.
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.
Colchester Hospital and Fryatt (Harwich) Hospital
I am a community paediatrician at Colchester, starting back in 2003. My undergraduate qualifications were obtained in South Africa in 1989 and my membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics in 2001.
I do regular clinics in Harwich and in a number of special schools, as well as in Colchester. My work encompasses general community paediatrics, children with developmental delay and neurodevelopmental conditions like autism and ADHD. My main interest is in special educational needs and disability and I enjoy working with a wide range of professionals and parent groups to promote support and awareness.