Dr Wilkinson is a consultant in paediatric rheumatology and persistent pain and specialises in setting up innovative, accessible and responsive regional services for young people. He was appointed to lead the new paediatric rheumatology service in Cardiff in 2021.
Newly appointed Officer for Wales Dr Nick Wilkinson said:
I’m hugely excited to take on this challenging but rewarding role. I strongly believe RCPCH’s work is integral to the delivery of paediatric services in Wales and are central to my aim of setting up data-driven, high-quality, accessible, and integrated services on a national scale. This is a particularly challenging time for child health in Wales, with many services still trying to recover from the pandemic and child poverty rates at an all time high. My goal as Officer for Wales is to advocate for children at every opportunity and ensure that the health and wellbeing of children is at the heart of Welsh policy making.
I would also like to pay tribute to my predecessor Dr David Tuthill, who has been hugely influential during his tenure as Officer, both within the College and externally. I will need to draw upon the huge amount of expertise, insight, and creativity we’re so lucky to have at our disposal as RCPCH members in Wales in taking forward this role and making a positive difference for our children and young people.
RCPCH President Dr Camilla Kingdon said:
I’m so pleased to announce Dr Wilkinson as our new Officer for Wales. Dr Wilkinson’s experience in implementing and delivering robust and responsive services for children and young people will be indispensable to the College’s work in Wales.
There will of course be big shoes to fill in taking over from Dr David Tuthill, who tirelessly championed child health and paediatrics during his tenure at the College. However I have no doubt that Nick will be up to the challenge!
Welcome Nick, we’re delighted to have you join our child health team.