Announcing the 2021 Honorary Fellows

We are pleased to announce the elected Honorary Fellows for 2021. Honorary Fellowship is awarded to a small number of people who are considered by our members to have made a major contribution to paediatrics and child health through research, education, clinical service and leadership.

The 2021 Honorary Fellows are presented in alphabetical order by surname, with their citations for Fellowship received in 2020-21.

Lord Victor Adebowale

Chair of the NHS Confederation

Lord Adebowale has a lifelong career in supporting young people with drug and alcohol addiction as well as the homeless. As the Chief Executive of youth homelessness charity Centerpoint he was successful in driving the ongoing development and growth of services which included emergency night-shelters, hostels, supported flats, and specialist projects for care leavers, ex-offenders and young single parents. As a Chief Executive of 20 years at Turning Point he had successfully transferred and expanded a charity specialised in substance abuse into a growing national service with 200 sites engaging over 77,000 people. Through his work in supporting people with issues from drug abuse to mental health problems he had contributed to hundreds of children and young adults to have a better quality of life.

Lord Adebowale is an experienced, passionate and exceptional ambassador for integration and for tackling health inequalities. He has been at the heart of healthcare policy for many years and has extensive experience, not least in the community and voluntary sectors. He’s led the way in defending the rights of the many people affected by gaping health inequalities that are still prevalent in society.

Lord Adebowale has been involved in several taskforce groups, advising the government on mental health, learning disability and the role of the voluntary sector. He is Co-Chair of the Black and Minority Ethnic Mental Health National Steering Group and is a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. He is a patron of Rich Mix Centre Celebrating Cultural Diversity, a patron of Tomorrow's Project and of the National College for School Leadership.

He has advised governments of all parties on Employment, Housing, Poverty and Public Service Reform.

Apart from his invaluable input on these issues Lord Adebowale has also been named on the Black Power List every year since 2013 and was named in the top 100 Healthcare Leaders by the Health Service Journal in 2015/2016.

Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta

Chair of Global Child Health at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University

Professor Bhutta has a lifelong career devoted to improving child and maternal health internationally. He has a particular interest and expertise with regards to maternal and neonatal nutrition, specifically undernutrition and micronutrient deficiency.

He has worked and undertaken research in Toronto, Karachi and Nairobi. He has focused on scaling up evidence based interventions in community settings and implementation research in difficult circumstances and conflict settings. His work with community health workers and outreach services has influenced maternal and newborn outreach programs for marginalized populations all over the world. 

Professor Bhutta has a distinguished research career. He uniquely holds joint appointments as the Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and the Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University. He was the Founding Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan from 2003 to 2014. He is on several international editorial advisory boards including the Lancet and BMJ, and has published several books, many book chapters and hundreds of indexed publications.

Professor Bhutta was raised and educated in Pakistan. He heads a large research team in Pakistan working on issues of maternal, newborn and child survival and nutrition both globally and regionally. Professor Bhutta is the immediate past President of the International Paediatric Association (2016-2019). He has a variety of roles at the WHO and has served on the program and policy committee of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations). He has had advisory roles to the United Nations specifically with respect to monitoring global progress in maternal and child health MDGs.

RCPCH and the IPA work closely together and so as the IPA's immediate past president he has been a close friend of the College for years. 

Dr Fiona Campbell

Consultant Paediatric Diabetologist / Associate Medical Director of Children’s Services, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Campbell has been the driving force in the establishment of the National CYP Diabetes Network in 2010, which has revolutionised care to the extent that it’s now on an equal standing in the world class arena. She has influenced services through network working towards continuous quality improvement, assuring agreed standards of care in line with NICE. In collaboration with the RCPCH and the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit (NPDA), she also established the National Diabetes Quality Programme. Without Dr Campbell’s determination to improve quality of care for CYP with diabetes and their families, they would be facing a higher lifetime risk of complications from the disease.

She is also the Clinical Lead for DigiBete, a video platform to share videos and educational resources about Type 1 Diabetes. Today, more than 32,000 people are using their content and in 2020 it was endorsed by NHS England and the Wales network, providing free access to 30,000 families with CYP with diabetes.

Dr Campbell has been a Consultant in Paediatric Diabetes for 23 years and has been appointed as Associate Medical Director at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. She leads a large diabetes service at Leeds Children’s Hospital caring for over 480 patients. Her team has a national and international reputation for research and innovative practice, especially in the use of diabetes related technologies and integrating their use into routine clinical care. They have won many awards for their Quality Improvement too.

In addition, she’s currently serving her second 3-year-term office on the Council of Healthcare Professionals at Diabetes UK. 

Above all, Dr Campbell is a person with integrity, determination, resilience and the strong belief that CYP with diabetes and their families should be at the centre of care devoting her life to offer them the best care possible, no matter who they are, or where they live.

Dr Helen Goodyear

Consultant Paediatrician, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Dr Goodyear is a Consultant Paediatrician at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital where she has worked for many years. She has a particular interest and expertise in Paediatric Dermatology.

In her role as Head of School for West Midlands, Dr Goodyear has played an important role in quality assuring trusts across the region for training and by necessity this also leads to a level of scrutiny of clinical services and improvement. 

Dr Goodyear is one of the longest serving Paediatric Heads of School nationally. She was the inaugural Head of the West Midlands School of Paediatrics and only stepped down from that role in 2019. She is also an Associate Dean for Health Education England (HEE) in West Midlands where she leads support for less than fulltime training, and career and professional support. 

At RCPCH Dr Goodyear leads the Effective Educational Supervision courses, is the course director of RCPCH Paediatric Dermatology courses and has delivered many of these courses both in the UK and internationally, on behalf of the College. She also helped set up the RCPCH Careers Advisory Service and is currently co-lead of that. 

Dr Goodyear was the Vice President of the Northern European Medical Women's International Association, from 2013-2016.

Professor Henry Halliday

Retired Professor of Neonatalogy

Professor Halliday is an outstanding neonatologist who has made contributions to the care of newborn babies throughout the world. Following qualification in Belfast, he trained in Belfast and three United States centres returning to establish a network of neonatal care for Northern Ireland.

He was a pioneer of surfactant therapy helping to develop a natural product with colleagues in Stockholm.

A firm advocate of evidence-based medicine, he carried out his first randomised controlled trial in 1973 and has since led and been involved in many Cochrane collaborations, setting the standard of care for newborns. 

Professor Halliday was awareded the James Spence Medal in 2021 - see his full citation for this award.

Dr Jenny Harries

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England

During her career Dr Harries had held the Regional Director for the South of England at Public Health England (PHE) and PHE’s Deputy Medical Director post as well as, Joint Director of Public Health for Norfolk County Council and NHS Norfolk and Waveney, and later NHS Swindon and Swindon Borough Council. She is a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation since 2007.

Dr Harries was Regional Director for the South of England for Public Health England from February 2013 before being appointed Deputy Chief Medical officer for England in June 2019.

She regularly appears at some of the daily press conferences held by the UK government to provide updates about the COVID-19 pandemic. She contributes medical information and answers questions from the press.
Alongside her services to the UK, Dr Harries has worked in New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Kenya and Albania, and tutors students at the French National School of Public Health.

Dr Harries had supported the College throughout he pandemic from the very beginning. She has a great understanding of the complexities of children and by recognising that children are different and need specific guidelines to manage their physiology she had contributed to several publications relating to child health during the pandemic. She is in constant contact with the Royal Medical Colleges and is willing to listen to suggestions, enhance and deliver them in a national setting. She has a skilful way of framing complex situations in ways that families can understand.

Professor Aye Aye Khaing

Professor of Paediatric Oncology, Yangon Children's Hospital

Dr Aye Khaing has provided unique and effective leadership to the advancement of child health in Myanmar.

Prior to 2002, there was no treatment for children developing leukaemia or cancer in Myanmar, paediatric oncology was not recognised as a specialty, and there was no paediatric haematologist in the country.

In September 2003, Aye Khaing returned to Myanmar following a 3-year training fellowship in general paediatrics in the UK. Dr Aye Khaing started to treat children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in Yangon Children’s Hospital. Since that time, Aye Khaing has worked effectively with senior medical colleagues, the Myanmar Government and international agencies to develop the specialty of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology in Myanmar, and to form an effective national children’s cancer service, drawing patients from the entire country. The effectiveness of Dr Aye Khaing’s leadership at a local level over many years is demonstrated by the expansion of facilities.

Starting as a single-handed paediatric haematologist/oncologist, Aye Khaing has had to confront and change existing medical practice. Most notably, in response to her lobbying, the Minister of Health now recognises specialist nursing, not only in oncology but across the paediatric specialties.

More recently, Dr Aye Khaing has worked to supported the development of an effective children’s cancer service in the country’s second city Mandalay. This has involved hosting paediatric training of nurses in oncology at her unit in Yangon. 

Dr Aye Khaing has a substantial international profile. She has recently (2020) been appointed Country Programme Manager for the WHO Global Childhood Cancer Initiative. She is a recognised leader in paediatric haematology and oncology in resource poor countries, and especially in SE Asia. She has been invites to talk at 11 international conferences between 2015-2019.

Dr Aye Khaing is also the currently the Chair of the Postgraduate Board of Studies for Doctoral degrees in Paediatric Haem-oncology which started in 2019. Dr Aye Khaing been a College Examiner for the RCPCH Overseas Clinical Examination in Yangon since 2018. She takes part in the workplace-based assessments in which the RCPCH and the Myanmar Paediatric Society are working together as part of the training of postgraduate trainees in Myanmar.

Professor Kyaw Linn

Professor of Paediatric Neurology, Yangon Children's Hospital

Professor Kyaw Linn is the leading Paediatric Neurologist in Myanmar and has developed the specialty enormously in the past ten years. He has established an outreach service and a network of support to the district hospitals which is without parallel in the country, and he visits distant hospitals to run specialist clinics.

He has done much to improve the recognition and management of children with neuro-developmental problems and autism.

Professor Kyaw Linn has set up, with colleagues, a system of work-based learning and assessment similar to that in the UK and has done much to ensure its satisfactory implementation till now. This is one of very few of its kind in Myanmar so far

Professor Kyaw Linn has made training his main priority and has led much of the teaching of medical students and junior doctors in paediatric neurology. He has been a key editor of the Myanmar Paediatric Society guidelines which are used everywhere and underpin an improvement if child health care across the country. 
His research papers cover the neurological complications of HIV, dengue and Japanese encephalitis, the causes and prevalence of neonatal seizures and nutrition in children with disability.

He is the President of the Myanmar Paediatric Society (MPS) and as such has been able to advocate powerfully with the Ministry of Health and Sport for paediatric health care services. In this position he is one of the RCPCH Global team's main collaborators and advisors. As President of the MPS he also represents his country internationally. He was one of the first examiners for the clinical MRCPCH in Myanmar and continues to teach students to a very high standard and examine regularly. His support for the work of The RCPCH Global team has been consistent and strong. 

Dr Robert Scott-Jupp

Retired Consultant Paediatrician, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Scott-Jupp is a true general paediatrician. He has always been a child health advocate and early UK pioneer for implementation of adolescent services and member of the adolescent interest group. He was a founder member of the British Association of General Paediatrics and remains closely involved with the group. 

During his career he has advanced the profile of general paediatrics nationally and has truly represented the development of the specialty of general paediatrics over the nearly 30 years. 

Dr Scott-Jupp has a passion for teaching and has been the local college tutor and RCPCH Wessex representative (1998-2005). He has been a college examiner for the MRCPCH and DCH exams. He has been a panel member for RCPCH external departmental reviews of general paediatric departments.

He has made a major contributions to the college journal as an associate editor Archives of Disease in Childhood for nearly 20 years (since 2002). He was Interim Editor in Chief of the ADC (2011-2012) and continues to be an associate editor and currently runs the 'Voices' section.

His attention to detail, knowledge and understanding of research methodology and rigorous editing skills have been invaluable to the maintenance of the standards of the journal. Dr Scott-Jupp  has written the monthly ' Lucina' and 'the Archivist' columns in the ADC until January 2019. These columns featured highlights from the worldwide paediatric literature. He has over 50 publications including recent papers on consultant residence out of hours for acute paediatric admissions and establishing an adolescent clinic in a district general hospital.

Dr Scott-Jupp is a specialist adviser to the Quality Care Commission completing inspections for acute services. He has made major contributions to the medico-legal world as an expert witness representing the common sense, experienced voice of the general paediatrician. He is a Member of RCPCH invited panel for college inspections when Medical Directors have invited the college to address specific service issues.

Dr David Vickers

Medical Director & Consultant Paediatrician, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Dr Vickers has been an active and committed community paediatrician with an interest in palliative care for more than 30 years, providing services to children and their families in the East of England. During that time he has developed and led local services, and has held national roles, including Chair of the NICE Guidelines group for End of Life Care for Children and Young People, helping to raise Children's palliative care as an important issue and improve services for this often forgotten group of children.

Dr Vickers has made a significant difference to the lives of children living with life limiting and life threatening illnesses and their families. He was involved in the establishment of and still chairs the East of England Managed Clinical Network for Children’s Palliative Care.

Dr Vickers has been a respected leader in community child health for many years. He was Medical Director of Lifespan Healthcare NHS Trust from 1993 - 2002 and currently is the Medical Director of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, since 2010. He has led the development and improvement of community children's services in Cambridge, having a huge impact on the lives of vulnerable and disabled children in the region. He has also contributed to education and training for community paediatricians locally.

Dr Vickers has held several national leadership including Expert Clinical Advisor to the General Medical Council, since 2007 and Clinical Advisor to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, since 2014. He has played a very important and sustained role in the promotion and development of community paediatrics in his roles for the, British Association for Community Child Health (BACCH), as Convenor from 2016-2018 and Treasurer from 2019. His leadership in the production of the NICE guidance has changed the face of paediatric palliative care across the country.

Dr Vickers has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the RCPCH over 13 years. He was a Council member from 2007, was a Registrar from 2008–2011, and an Honorary Treasurer from 2011–2014. Dr Vickers was a Member Trustee of RCPCH until December 2020.