North West School of Paediatrics



Welcome to the North West
School of Paediatrics



Where we provide training


Important dates

HEE North West Links


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The Deanery School of Paediatrics aims to provide a comprehensive high-quality teaching and education programme for those interested in training in paediatrics. Training in paediatrics in this deanery follows a syllabus set by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and takes account of national guidance by the General Medical Council.


The School of Paediatrics also provides strategic leadership for the recruitment of trainees to paediatric specialties. It arranges for the recruitment and induction of trainees from the Foundation Programmes into Specialty Training posts and arranges for the allocation of trainees to run-through rotations in Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 that are appropriate for their training needs.


The School of Paediatrics also oversees the quality of Paediatric training posts in conjunction with the RCPCH tutors, the Postgraduate Clinical Tutors and Directors of Medical Education.

The School of Paediatrics also:

  • Oversees the Higher Specialty Training (Level 3) schemes in general paediatricand the various paediatric specialties within and ensures that there are educational opportunities to meet the standards required by the RCPCH.
  • Ensures the provision of appropriate courses for examination preparation, the acquisition of essential competencies and general professional development.
  • Gives guidance about the appropriateness of courses to trainees in paediatrics at their various stages of development.
  • Assesses the progress of trainees, maintains appraisal systems for trainees and supervises their summative assessments.
  • Ensures adequate provision of career advice supported by up-to-date information on career opportunities.
  • Ensures that there is provision for potential progression into an academic career and for flexible training


The RCPCH runs examinations, organises courses and conferences, issues guidance on clinical and other issues relating to the welfare of children. It also has a major role in setting and maintaining professional standards. It was founded in 1996 but traces its origins back to the British Paediatric Association, founded in 1928, which acted as a focus for professional activity in the field of paediatrics prior to the formation of the College.







Associate Postgraduate Dean for Paediatrics


Dr Aruna Hodgson

Head of School


Dr Colin Morgan

Associate Head of School, National Grid and Careers Lead


Dr Ruth Gottstein

Training Programme Director – ST1 – 3


Dr Nasim Mahmood

Training Programme Director – ST4 – 8


Dr Ian Kilroy

Training Programme Director – ST1 – 3/Regional Lead


Dr Sunil Bagewadi

Training Programme Director – ST4 – 8


Dr Guy Makin

Regional Lead


Dr Rosaline Garr;;

Regional Lead - deputy


Dr Imran Zamir

Regional Lead – Academic




Trainee Representative – LTFT


Dr Violet Swain

Trainee Representative – LTFT


Dr Anna-Louise Power

Trainee Representative


Dr Thomas Leyland

Trainee Representative - ED and I


Dr Kahled Hadi

Trainee Representative - ED and I


Dr Maria Hadjicosta

Trainee Representative - RCPCH


Dr Shaun Lane

Trainee Representative/Trainee Education Committee and Step Programme Lead


Dr Peter Fielding

Trainee Representative – sub-specialty


Dr Anna McNamara

SuppoRTT Champion and RCPCH LTFT Lead


Dr Fulya Mehta

SuppoRTT Champion


Dr Ranganna Ranganath

Stepping Up Champion


Dr Helen Dallow

Stepping Up Champion


Dr Merijam Kikic

College Tutor - Alder Hey


Dr Kamran Mahmood

College Tutor - Alder Hey (deputy)


Dr Shirley Mulvaney

College Tutor - Alder Hey (deputy)


Dr Maw Tan

College Tutor - Arrowe Park -  Acute Paeds


Dr Eleanor Derwas

College Tutor - Arrowe Park – (deputy) – Neonates


Dr Sarah Thompson

College Tutor - Countess of Chester


Dr Alison Timmis

College Tutor - Leighton


Dr Simon Burns

College Tutor - Liverpool Womens


Dr Bala Palanisami

College Tutor - Macclesfield


Dr Shailendra Rajput

College Tutor - Southport


Dr Sudhakar Kandasamy

College Tutor – Warrington


Dr Aarti Sridharan 

College Tutor - Whiston


Dr Swathi Upadrasta

College Tutor – Wrexham & Glan Clwyd


Dr Matthew Sandman

College Tutor - Blackburn


Dr Ana Del-Rio

College Tutor - Blackpool


Dr Wing Tang

College Tutor - Bolton


Dr Fiona Watson

College Tutor - Bolton neonates


Dr Affi-Anne Anosike

College Tutor - Bolton, General


Dr Thomas Webster

College Tutor - Bury Community


Dr Bratai Bose-Haider

College Tutor - Lancaster


Dr Clare Peckham

College Tutor - Neonates, Burnley


Dr Raji Seethamraju

College Tutor - NMGH - Paeds and Neonates


Dr Kashif Iqbal

College Tutor - North Manchester


Dr Muhammad Iqbal

College Tutor – Oldham – Gen Paeds


Dr Jill Mant

College Tutor – Oldham – Gen Paeds


Dr Michael Perkin

College Tutor - Oldham (Neo Grid) 


Dr Khalid Ben Rahuma

College Tutor - Preston


Dr Santa Masila

College Tutor - Preston (Paediatrics)


Dr Samriddhi Padhye

College Tutor - RMCH ST1-3


Dr Danielle Pask

College Tutor - RMCH ST4-8


Dr Eleanor Balmer

College Tutor - Salford


Dr Adila Afzal

College Tutor - SMH Neonates


Dr Kristin Tanney

College Tutor - Stockport


Dr Elizabeth Shackley

College Tutor - Tameside


Dr Kelly Whitfield

College Tutor - Wigan


Dr Ruth Anderson;


College Tutor deputy – Wigan


Dr Sarah Hough

College Tutor - Wythenshawe


Dr Kuldip Bakaya

Trainee Representative – deputy


Dr Alice Willson

Community Child Health Training Lead


Dr Lizzie Wareing

Community Lead


Dr Rebecca Shopland

Lead Employer – St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust


Lead Employer - website


Lead Employer - Payroll


Programme Support Administrator


Mrs Jennie Tomley

Programme Support Administrator


Mrs Michele Turner-Holmes

Programme Support Co-Ordinator


Mrs Caron Owens

Programme Support Manager


Ms Emma Woods



Where we provide training:

For area map of locations click here:  Map

 The Cheshire and Mersey rotation includes the following trusts:


  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital 
  • Arrowe Park Hospital 
  • Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Glan Clwyd Hospital 
  • Liverpool Women’s Hospital 
  • Macclesfield Hospital 
  • Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Ormskirk Hospital 
  • Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Whiston Hospital 
  • Wrexham Maelor Hospital 


The Greater Manchester and Lancashire rotation includes the following trusts:


  • Blackpool Victoria Hospital
  • Burnley General Hospital
  • Longsight Health Centre
  • North Manchester General Hospital
  • Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
  • Royal Blackburn Hospital
  • Royal Bolton Hospital
  • Royal Lancaster Infirmary
  • Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
  • Royal Oldham Hospital
  • Royal Preston Hospital
  • St Mary's Hospital
  • Stepping Hill Hospital
  • Tameside General Hospital
  • Wythenshawe Hospital


Please find attached the trainee handbook for greater Manchester and Lancashire.

North West School of Paediatric Trainee Guide

Greater Manchester and Lancashire – go-to teaching website



 * Please note the ARCP terminology has changed: 

Panel A is now known as an ASSESSMENT PANEL 

Panel B is now known as a FEEDBACK PANEL 


ARCP dates:  

Assessment Panels 

January & July   

Feedback Panels 

February & August 


Your administrator will email you with your ARCP date and the required documentation you need to complete. 


Virtual ARCPs for 2021/22

for Mersey and Manchester trainees

The ARCPs for 2021/22 will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams.

This means the panels will review the eportfolios remotely prior to the ARCP date. Therefore, all trainees must ensure all evidence required, is uploaded at least 2 weeks prior to the ARCP date. 

* Please note that your Educational Supervisor report MUST be completed and uploaded 2 weeks prior to the ARCP

On the day of the ARCP the panel will review all evidence again and reach a decision.  The trainee may be contacted within the ARCP, either by Microsoft Teams or phone, and given the ARCP outcome along with any recommended actions. All trainees being assessed will be required to make themselves available.

Acceleration of Training at ARCP

If you wish to accelerate your training you must contact your Training Programme Director prior to the ARCP and copy in

In general as training is now competency based, there is a degree of flexibility around CCT dates.

To successfully gain your CCT you would need to ensure:

  • ALL Level 3 competencies should be completed & evidenced in your e-portfolio (please refer to the ARCP checklist for general competencies).
  • Your Educational Supervisor (+/- clinical supervisor) reports must clearly support completion of level 3 competencies & CCT.
  • Your portfolio must reflect leadership & management competencies.
  • All items in your PDP should be addressed & completed.
  • START assessment must be completed, with reflection on any areas of feedback with actions. Ideally we like a minimum of 6m post start to deal with any development issues.
  • There is a minimum time period of 24 months WTE for level 3 training.

If you have a minimum of 24 months, & have all your competencies evidenced, then you would be eligible for CCT.


Evidence required for the ARCP

For further information regarding your ARCP during the Covid 19 pandemic, please refer to the ARCP guidance on the Royal College of paediatrics and Child Health website:  Link

1) Form R/Self-Declaration Form:

In addition to the Form R Part A and B, you MUST also submit a mandatory Self-Declaration Form.

For January 2022 ARCPs, we will be trialling an online Form R and Self Declaration.  

  • The combined online Form R and Self Declaration form must now be completed by clicking the following link:  (This link will not be live or available to access this until 13th December 2021.)
  • Form R and Self Declaration must be completed and uploaded to your Eportfolio by the deadlines provided to you by your administrator. Please note: If there are any changes to these forms or any significant events occur between the date of your submission and your ARCP, please inform your administrator, complete a new Form via the above link and upload an updated version to your Eportfolio.

2) CCT calculator:


Please refer to the RCPCH guidance on how to complete and download your CCT Calculator.

The CCT calculator must be uploaded to your Eportfolio by the deadline provided to you.

You are no longer required to email a copy of your CCT Calculator.  The panel and your administrator will access this via your Eportfolio.

3) Decision Aids:


Trainee MUST ensure they carefully read requirements for ARCP and upload all required evidence by the required dates noted within your ARCP invite email. You shoudl also take a copy of this document to your Educational Superviosr meeting as a point of reference.

Decision Aid Level 1 link

Decision Aid Level 2 link

Decision Aid Level 3 link




Changes to the Educational Supervisor role wef September 2019.  See link: Educational Supervisor role


Guidance for the ARCP

Managing the eportfolio for ARCP:


To assist the ARCP process we require trainees to manage their eportfolios in an accessible format. The following link offers guidance on where to store your ARCP evidence.

Managing training posts on eportfolio:


The following offers guidance on how to enter your training posts on eportfolio.

Further links:






Important Dates:


Thursday 20th, Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th  January 2022

Mersey and Manchester joint Assessment dates


Thursday 24th February 2022

Mersey and Manchester joint Feedback date

School Board

3rd November 2021

Paediatric School Board

Via: Microsoft Teams

Time: 14:00 – 16:00


STEP Teaching


Contact for STEP Teaching: Lindsay Brunt, Medical Education Facilitator:  Lindsay Brunt

( 0151 252 5106 (Internal Ext. 2106)    

Link:STEP teaching dates


Neonatal Neurology Education Session

Tuesday 20th July 2021  - 3 p.m - 6 p.m

Neonatal Neurology Education Session – Tuesday 20.7.21



Return to Training Programme course

 25th Sept 2020

9th Jan 2021

12th Mar 2021

Places can be booked by contacting:

with details of name, programme (Specialty/Foundation) and year of training

Link: SuppoRTT course


HEE North West Links: 

Careers advice

Conditions of Joining a Specialty Training Programme

Form R: Form R Part A

              Form R Part B

Trainee guide

HEE Privacy notice

Inter-Deanery Transfer Policy

Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training

Medical Leadership Training

Out of Programme (OOP) information

Note: for OOPR/OOPT you will also be required to complete this RCPCH form.

For OOPR submit to for approval

For OOPT  for Mersey - submit to R. Garr, Regional Lead:;  

For OOPT  for Manchester - submit to N. Panwar, Regional Lead:

Acting up is approved for 3 months, if you require 6 months you must include an appropriate reason for the additional time and the benefits.  This will need approval from the Postgraduate Dean.  This will be requested by the Associate Dean on submission of the OOP to the Administration Team.

Paediatric Return to Training (RTT) course for Paediatric Trainees:  Link to poster
Paediatric SuppoRTT information and FAQs:  link

Policies & Procedures


Study leave/email:

SupportRTT – Return to Training Programme

Training Support Network