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Northern Paediatric Emergency Medicine (NPEM) Association


The Crowne Plaza, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne

7th July 2017

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9th annual regional conference

Friday 7th July 2017

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Conference Information

In 2017 we are honoured to introduce Dr Damian Roland who is an Honourary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at University of Leicester and a Paediatric Emergency Medicine Consultant at Leicester Royal Infirmary. He is going to be speaking about the Paediatric Observation Priority Score (POPS) that he developed and its use in the Paediatric Emergency Department to aid the recognition of a sick child and assist in safe discharge. We have a spectrum of other topics that have been requested through previous feedback. We hope they will appeal to Emergency Medicine, Paediatric and Paramedic colleagues as well.

Conference Details

  • Date7th July 2017
  • Registration08:15–09:00
  • Time09:00–17:00


There are a number of ways to register for a place at the NPEM conference 2017.
A new feature this year is online registration and payment. Please fill in the online registration form and make your payment. Payment can be made securely via PayPal or a request can be made via email to enquiries@npem.org.uk for the BACS transfer details. If your trust will be paying for the conference then download a registration form to print a copy if necessary. Submit the completed form to enquiries@npem.org.uk to secure your place ensuring it is clear which trust is to be invoiced.


Dr Damian Roland is the keynote speaker and will speak about POPS score. Our other main speakers are Dr Rob Forsyth (Emergency Paediatric neurology) and Dr Hugo Dowd, (Falls from the sofa; lessons in gravity).

Session Chairperson

The four sessions throughout the day will be chaired by:

  • Session 1: Dr Niall Mullen. Consultant PEM Sunderland
  • Session 2: Dr Ryan Clark. Consultant PEM Newcastle
  • Session 3: Dr Jason Urron. Consultant PEM Newcastle
  • Session 4: Dr Jen Rhodes. ST7 PEM Sunderland


The Crowne Plaza, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne. The building is behind Newcastle central station and parking is £6 a day. Map Link


Conference Programme

Dr Gill Davidson Consultant PEM North Tees, NPEM Chair

Dr Damian Roland. Consultant PEM Leicester Royal Infirmary

Dr George Simpson. Consultant PEM North Tees

Dr Hugo Dowd. Consultant PEM Antrim Northern Ireland

Dr Otilia Osmulikevici – Paediatric Trainee

Dr Rebecca Powell – Clinical Fellow in PEM Leeds Teaching Hospital

Dr Rob Forsyth. Paediatric Neurologist Great North Children’s Hospital

Fran Smailes. North East Child and Family Support Coordinator

Dr Aravind Kashyap Paediatric Intensivist & Lynn Scott Clinical Educator, Great North Children’s Hospital

Dr Jason Urron & Dr Ryan Clark, Consultants PEM Newcastle

Meet our speakers

In 2017 we are honoured to introduce 3 highly respected speakers.

Dr Damian Roland

Dr Damian Roland

09:10-10:00: POPS Score

“Damian is a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Leicester Hospitals and Leicester University. He has research interests in scoring systems in acute care, educational evaluation and social media as a means of knowledge translation. He was previously a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and is currently involved as a chief investigator and co-investigator on two large NIHR funded studies. He struggles to keep fit, avoid drinking coffee and clean up after his two daughters.”

Dr Rob Forsyth

Dr Rob Forsyth

13:20-14:00: Emergency Paediatric Neurology

Rob Forsyth is a specialist paediatric (child) neurologist. He is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and an NHS Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at the Great North Children's Hospital.

Dr Hugo Dowd

Dr Hugo Dowd

11:20-12:00: Falls from the sofa

Hospitals the length and breadth of these islands have endured my presence as a paediatric EM consultant. I currently chide, cajole and occasionally educate docs, students and ENPs in Northern Ireland. Having qualified 4 decades back I have seen great strides in the care of children and more importantly in the education of those that care for them. Special interests include fractures, wound care, analgesia, sedation and not killing my six stepsons.

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