General description of the work Consultant Paediatricians undertake

The Consultant Paediatrician deals with illnesses and diseases in children. These may be acute illnesses such as meningitis or asthmatic attacks or may be more chronic illnesses such as childhood diabetes or epilepsy.

Consultant Paediatricians may have an area of special interest or sub–specialisation such as:

  • Neonatology – dealing with diseases and illnesses in the first few weeks and months of life
  • Neurology – dealing with conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, brain injury, hypoxia
  • Endocrinology – dealing with hormone problems in children including diabetes, thyroid problems and growth problems.
  • Development – dealing with learning disability and physical disability and handicap

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • Failure or delay in the diagnoses and treatment of meningitis
  • The management of a child with birth injuries
  • Diagnosis and treatment of childhood epilepsy
  • The investigation and diagnosis of child abuse including child sex abuse
  • The management of acute asthma
  • The management of acute abdominal pain

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

The Consultant Paediatrician may be known as a Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in one of the sub–specialities outlined above.

Consultant Paediatricians who work outside of hospital may be known as Consultant Community Paediatricians and their work involves the assessment of child development and as well as child protection matters.

Usual Qualifications

The Consultant Paediatrician will usually have MRCP or FRCP (Member or Fellow of one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians) and may have FRCPCH (Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) after his/her name.

Academic Appointments

The Consultant Paediatrician may be a Lecturer or Professor in Paediatrics or Child Health at a Medical School. He/She may be an Examiner for one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians.