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 (EC). The EC is elected by the members of the Scottish Paediatric Society at the Annual General Meeting, and also includes an Honorary Treasurer serving six years, and seven EC members who are elected for four years.

President

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

Dr Mary Callaghan - President

  • Elected 11/2020
  • Term ends 11/2021

Dr Patricia Jackson - President Elect

  • Elected 11/2020
  • Term ends 11/2021

Honorary Secretary and Treasurer

This post is elected for six years.

Dr Lynn MacLeod, Consultant Paediatrician

  • Elected on 25/11/2016
  • Term ends on 24/11/2023

Other Executive Committee members

Nine EC members are elected for four years as follows:

  • Three members represent the four main academic centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Three members whose work is primarily outwith the four main academic centres
  • One member from either an academic or non-academic centre
  • Two members represent the trainees

Dr G Malik, Consultant Paediatrician, RHC Aberdeen

  • Elected 11/2019
  • Term ends 11/2023

Dr R Hague, Consultant Paediatrician, RHC Glasgow 

  • Elected on 25/11/2016
  • Term ends on 27/11/2022

Dr U Khan, Consultant Paediatrician, RHSC Edinburgh 

  • Elected on 30/11/2018
  • Term ends on 30/11/2022

Dr L O'Hara, Consultant Paediatrician (Lanarkshire)

  • Elected on 27/11/2016
  • Term ends on 29/11/2022

Dr K Bohmova, Consultant Paediatrician (Forth Valley)

  • Elected 11/2020
  • Term ends 11/2024

Dr J Cruden, Consultant Paediatrician (Fife)

  • Elected 11/2020
  • Term ends 11/2024

Dr C Findlay, Consultant Paediatrician (Ayrshire & Arran)

  • Elected on 30/11/2018
  • Term ends on 30/11/2022

Dr C Cockburn, Trainee Paediatrician - Trainee Representative

  • Elected on 11/2020
  • Term ends on 11/2022

Dr G Kelly, Trainee Paediatrician - Trainee Representative

  • Elected 2020
  • Term ends 2022

RCPCH representative

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

Dr Mair Stark, Consultant Paediatrician

  • Elected on 01/02/2021
  • Term ends 31/01/2024

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 27/11/2020

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.macleod2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Apply to join SPS

Past officers

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

Presidents

  • 2019-21 - Mary Callaghan
  • 2018-19 - Helen Mactier
  • 2017-18 - Sheena Kinmond
  • 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

  • 2016-Current - Lynn Macleod
  • 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

You can also view the winners of our past prizes.