About Scottish Paediatric Society

The Scottish Paediatric Society (SPS) was founded in 1922 and was the first Paediatric Society in the UK. Since, its membership has progressed from a tiny number of senior doctors meeting in each others' homes to a Society of over 200 members.

About us

Our principal purpose is to promote the health of children in Scotland.

This is achieved by:

  • holding educational meetings
  • providing junior staff with funds to travel to international meetings
  • administering the Scottish Paediatric Surveillance Unit (ScotPSU).

The SPS provides an opportunity for clinicians to carry out their own surveys using the database and data collection methodology supported by the Society.

Academic meetings

There are two academic meetings each year: traditionally the November Meeting is held either in Edinburgh or Glasgow; the Summer Meeting is hosted in another city or large town in Scotland.

These meetings pivot around the presentation of clinical cases and research and audit projects. They benefit from friendly but incisive questions and comments from the audience.

Annual General Meetings

These are held immediately before the annual St Andrew’s Day Paediatric Symposium in November of each year. The venue alternates yearly between Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Attendance is open to all members of the Society.

Constitution

The Society shall be called "The Scottish Paediatric Society" and its objects shall be the advancement of academic, scientific and clinical knowledge of Child Health and Paediatrics and the promotion of friendship among paediatricians in Scotland.

Read full constitution

Governance

The SPS has a President, a Secretary and an Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee (EC) is elected by the members of the Scottish Paediatric Society at the Annual General Meeting.

The EC also includes an Honorary Treasurer serving six years, and seven EC members who are elected for three years.

President

The President serves on the EC as President Elect for the first year and then as President the following year.

Dr Sheena Kinmond - President

  • Elected on 25/11/2017
  • Term ends on 17/11/2018

Dr Helen Mactier - President Elect

  • Elected on 25/11/2017
  • Term ends on 17/11/2018

Honorary Secretary and Treasurer

This post is elected for six years.

Dr Lynn MacLeod, Consultant Paediatrician

  • Elected on 25/11/2016
  • Term ends on 11/2022

Other Executive Committee members

Seven EC members are elected for three years as follows:

  • four members represent the four major teaching centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • two members represent the Highlands and the districts
  • one member and a deputy represent the trainees

Dr Jonathan McCormick, Consultant Paediatrician

  • Elected on 25/11/2009
  • Re-elected on 28/11/2014
  • Term ends on 24/11/2017

Dr Rosie Hague, Consultant Paediatrician

  • Elected on 25/11/2016
  • Term ends on 11/2019

Dr Mairi Stark, Consultant Paediatrician

  • Elected on 25/11/2009
  • Re-elected on 28/11/2014
  • Term ends on 24/11/2017

Dr Angela Sun, Consultant Paediatrician

  • Elected on 25/11/2016
  • Term ends on 11/2019

Dr Lana O'Hara, Consultant Paediatrician

  • Elected on 27/11/2015
  • Term ends on 25/11/2018

Dr Elise Weir, Trainee Paediatrician - Trainee Representative

  • Elected on 27/11/2015
  • Term ends on 24/11/2017

Dr Salman Khurshid, Trainee Paediatrician - Deputy Trainee Representative

  • Elected on 10/2016
  • Term end on 10/2019

RCPCH representative

The Scottish Officer of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is co-opted to the EC.

Professor Steve Turner, Consultant Paediatrician

  • Elected on 25/02/2016
  • Term ends on 2/2019

Scottish Association of Community Child Health (SACCH) representative

This post is co-opted to the EC.

Dr Shiuli Russell, Consultant Paediatrician

  • Elected on 25/11/2016
  • Term ends on 11/2019

Membership

Membership of the SPS provides great opportunities to promote the health and welfare of children, to further academic interests, to learn from colleagues and is always thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling.

Contact

Dr Lynn MacLeod, Consultant Paediatrician - lynn.macleod@nhs.net

Past officers

See the past officers - Presidents and Secretaries - of the Scottish Paediatric Society.

Presidents

  • 2016-17 - Donald Macgregor
  • 2015-16 - Ishaq Abu-Arafeh
  • 2014-15 - Jack Beattie
  • 2013-14 - Ian Laing
  • 2012-13 - Robert McWilliam
  • 2011-12 - Robert Simpson
  • 2010-11 - Peter Helms
  • 2009-10 - Ann Harvie
  • 2008-09 - Neil McIntosh
  • 2007-08 - Ruth Thomson
  • 2006-07 - Richard Olver
  • 2005-06 - John McClure
  • 2004-05 - Peter Smail
  • 2003-04 - Tom Turner
  • 2002-03 - Keith Brown
  • 2001-02 - Leyla Al-Roomi
  • 2000-01 - William Uttley
  • 1999-2000 - George Russell
  • 1998-99 - Ian Ruthven
  • 1997-98 - Alistair Blair
  • 1996-97 - Norman Coutts
  • 1995-96 - Krishna Goel
  • 1994-95 - Valerie Marrian
  • 1993-94 - Forrester Cockburn
  • 1992-93 - Colin Galloway
  • 1991-92 - James Syme
  • 1990-91 - Alexander Campbell
  • 1989-90 - Eric Coleman
  • 1988-89 - Sydney Wilson
  • 1987-88 - W. Morton Fyfe
  • 1986-87 - Gavin Arneil
  • 1985-86 - James Farquhar
  • 1984-85 - Alexander Speirs
  • 1982-84 - Ross Mitchell
  • 1980-82 - J. Oman Craig
  • 1978-80 - W. Hugh Galloway
  • 1976-78 - Robert Shanks
  • 1974-76 - Donald Douglas
  • 1972-74 - John Forfar
  • 1970-72 - Patrick MacArthur
  • 1968-70 - John L. Henderson
  • 1966-68 - James Hutchinson
  • 1964-66 - James Thompson
  • 1962-64 - Richard W. B. Ellis
  • 1960-62 - Douglas Nicholson
  • 1958-60 - Angus MacGregor
  • 1956-58 - John Craig
  • 1954-56 - Stanley G. Graham
  • 1950-54 - Charles McNeil
  • 1946-50 - Geoffrey B. Fleming

Secretaries of the SPS

  • 2010-2016 - Christine Findlay
  • 2003-2010 - Ishaq Abu-Arafeh
  • 1999-2003 - Donald MacGregor
  • 1994-1999 - John B. Beattie
  • 1987-1994 - Alistair Blair
  • 1980-1987 - Colin Galloway
  • 1964-1980 - Eric Coleman
  • 1957-1964 - Ross G. Mitchell
  • 1948-1957 - James H. Hutchison
  • 1946-1948 - George L. Montgomery

Secretaries of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Paediatric Club

  • 1922-1926 - Leonard Findlay
  • 1926-1933 - Lewis H. F. Thatcher
  • 1933-1946 - Noah Morris