BPSU Scientific Committee

The British Paediatric Surveillance Unit Scientific Committee oversees the scientific matters of the BPSU, providing advice and support for researchers wishing to undertake surveillance of rare paediatric disorders through the BPSU 'electronic orange card' reporting scheme.


Membership comprises representatives from each of the BPSU's parent bodies, three medical advisers, two patient and public representatives, a Republic of Ireland representative, three trainee representatives and clinical/academic expertise from individuals interested in child health research.

Current members are:


Dr Peter Davis

Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Deputy Chair

Dr Ifeanyichukwu Okike

Consultant Paediatrician, University Teaching Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Medical advisor

Dr Paul Henderson

Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People

Medical advisor (UCL)

To be recruited

Medical Advisor (UKHSA)

Dr Alex Smith

Public Health Specialty Registrar, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

Patient and Public representative

Madeleine Wang

Patient and Public representative

To be recruited

UCL GOS Institute of Child Health representative

Dr David Elliman

Consultant in Community Child Health, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health 

Republic of Ireland representative

Prof Susan O'Connell

Consultant Endocrinologist, Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin 

RCPCH Representative

Emily Arkell

Executive Director of Research and Quality Improvement, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

RCPCH Representative

Professor Paul Dimitri

Professor of Child Health & Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology Vice President for Science & Research, The Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health

Neonatologist Committee member

Dr Hilary Wong

Consultant Neonatologist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Trainee Representative

Dr Kathryn Mullan

Paediatric Trainee 

Trainee Representative 

Dr Sarah Clarke

Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Trainee representative 

Dr Jessica Salkind

ST2 Neonatology, University College London Hospital

Committee member

Dr Simon Lenton

Consultant Community Paediatrician, Retired

Committee member

Dr Hani Ayyash

Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, Peterborough City Hospital

 Committee member

Dr Robin Marlow

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Bristol Medical School

Committee member

Dr Soonie Patel

Consultant, Paediatric Oncology, Croydon University Hospital

Committee member

Dr Simon Drysdale

Consultant in Paediatric Infectious diseases and Immunology, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Committee member

Dr Seilesh Kadambari

Clinical lecturer, Oxford University