North West School of Paediatrics



Welcome to the North West
School of Paediatrics



Where we provide training


Important dates

HEE North West Links


   Exclamation mark

Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Information can be found by clicking here






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.







Head of School


Dr Colin Morgan

Associate Head of School, National Grid and Careers Lead


Dr Guy Makin

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    (wef 1.7.23)


Dr Ranganna Ranganath

Associate Postgraduate Dean for Paediatrics Joint Dr Aruna Hodgson

Regional Lead – Academic


Professor Calum Semple

Paediatric Committee Chair - Attends School Board meetings to represent trainees, including to raise concerns and highlight achievements 

Mersey Dr Hather Tomas
ST1 - 4 Rep (Core Paediatrics) - 

Represent trainees at committee meetings and feedback challenges/concerns to Chair)

Mersey  Dr Jared Murphy  
ST5 - 7 Rep (Specialty Paediatrcs) - 

Represent ST4-7 trainees at committee meetings and feedback challenges/concerns to Chair   

Mersey  Dr Marianne Tavaabie  
GRID Rep - Represent GRID trainees at committee meetings, feedback challenges/concerns to Chair and provide support to ST2-3s considering GRID application  Mersey  Dr Maryke Nielsen  

Trainee Representative – LTFT


Dr Violet Swain

Trainee Representative – LTFT


Dr Hannah Mechie

Trainee Representative - RCPCH


Dr Charlotte King
Trainee Representative - RCPCH Manchester Dr Shaun Lane

Trainee Representative - ED and I


Dr Kahled Hadi

Trainee Representative - ED and I


Dr Reem Ghalib 

Trainee Representative/Trainee Education Committee and Step Programme Lead


Dr Peter Fielding

Trainee Representative – deputy Manchester Dr Alice Willson

SuppoRTT Champion and RCPCH LTFT Lead


Dr Fulya Mehta

SuppoRTT Champion




Stepping Up Champion


Dr Sally Ogden

Stepping Up Champion




College Tutor - Alder Hey 


Dr Shirley Mulvaney

College Tutor - Alder Hey (deputy)


Dr Maw Tan

College Tutor - Arrowe Park -  Acute Paeds


Dr Eleanor Derwas

College Tutor - Arrowe Park  – 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 Rosemary Belderbos
College Tutor - Blackburn (deputy) Manchester Dr Jane Tan

College Tutor - Blackpool


Dr Pavani Pakalapati

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 - Bury Community Manchester

Dr Bin Hooi Low

College Tutor - Lancaster


Dr Jayaprakash Rajaram

College Tutor - Neonates, Burnley


Dr Raji Seethamraju

College Tutor - Neonates, Burnley (standing in for Dr Seethamraju) Manchester Dr Savi Sivashhankar

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 Prutha Shetty

College Tutor - RMCH ST1-3


Dr Richard Curnock

College Tutor - RMCH ST4-8


Dr Rebecca Wiilson

College Tutor - Salford


Dr Amy Wilson

College Tutor - SMH Neonates


Dr Minju Kuruvilla

College Tutor - Stockport


Dr Helen Stannard

College Tutor - Tameside


Dr Kelly Whitfield

College Tutor - Wigan


Dr Sarah Hough

College Tutor - Wythenshawe


Dr Kuldip Bakaya

Community Child Health Training Lead


Dr Lizzie Wareing

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 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



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.  You will also be able to find your future ARCP date within your previous ARCP on Kaizen.


Virtual ARCPs for Summer 2024

Mersey and Manchester trainees

ARCPs for Summer 2024 will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams on the dates below:
Assessment Panels: Will be carried out over 6 days between Tuesday 25th June 24 – Thursday 18th July 24 (We do not provide PG Doctors with the exact date of their ARCP, due to a high level of movement within panels. This can continue to take place throughout the ARCP period).


Feedback panels:- Wednesday 24th July & Thursday 8th August 2024   (please bear in mind that you may be invited to attend a virtual panel on one of these dates).


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


Eportfolio Completion Deadline: (Including CSAC report & CCT Calculator): 

Panel members will review your Eportfolio remotely, during the 2 weeks prior to the first Assessment panel date. Therefore, all trainees must ensure that all evidence required, is uploaded no later thanTuesday 11th June 2024. 


*Please note that your Educational Supervisor reports and CSAC reports (CSAC - Grid trainees only) MUST be completed and uploaded by the deadline above. 


On the day of ARCP, panel members will share their findings with the rest of the panel and reach a decision.  You will receive an email following your ARCP with your outcome.

1) Form R/Self-Declaration Form:

PLEASE NOTE: Form R submission is now via TIS self-service.

You will recieve a letter about this with your ARCP invite Please read in fullYou can also find a detailed User Guide via  

The Deadline for Form R submission is between Tuesday 14th May 24 – no later than Tuesday 21st May 24.  Please ensure that you upload a copy to your Eportfolio.

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 via england.paediatrics.nw@nhs.netcomplete 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.

Link to CCT calculator

Your CCT calculator must be uploaded to your Eportfolio by Tuesday 11th June 24along with the rest of your documentation.

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:  (you will be reviewed against these decision aids in line with the curriculum for your level of training.  OOP requirements are also included)  


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

All doctors with a CCT date after September 2024 regardless of whether you are on a 7or 8-year curriculum, have been moved to the Progress Plus curriculum by RCPCH. In practice the evidence & competencies needed are virtually the same as the old Progress curriculum. All previous competencies have been migrated across to the new curriculum. Please check & if any concerns regarding non-migration contact RCPCH on


Trainig Posts:

All trainig posts must be up to date on your Eportfolio by Tuesday 21st May 2024



Requirements for OOP trainees:


Form R and update regarding OOPC uploaded to Eportfolio library


Form R and ESR on progress from OOPE supervisor


Form R and ESR on progress of research towards the stated objectives from the research supervisor


Full decision aid requirements 



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 how use and so this, including instructional videos and downloadable guides.

Managing training posts on eportfolio:


The following offers guidance on how to enter your training posts on eportfolio.  The College has combined the part of adding your supervisor with your training post, along with the appropriate Grade checklist

Further links:






Important Dates:


Tuesday 4th July - Tuesday 25th July 2023 (6 days of Assessment panels within these dates)

Mersey and Manchester joint Assessment Panel dates


  • Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 10th August 2023

Mersey and Manchester joint Feedback Panel date

School Board

Wednesday 8th November 2023

Paediatric School Board

Via: Microsoft Teams

Time: 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

STEP Teaching


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

( 0151 252 5106 (Internal Ext. 2106)    

Link: STEP Teaching dates 2023


Neonatal Neurology Education Session





Return to Training Programme course 

 Wednesday 8th February 2023 @ Alder Hey Institute in the Park.  More dates for 2023 TBC

Places can be booked by contacting:


Link: SuppoRTT course


HEE North West Links: 

Careers advice

Lead Employer   

Conditions of Joining a Specialty Training Programme

Trainee guide - Greater Manchester and Lancashire

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 - if the post does not have GMC approval you will be required to have RCPCH input fromm teh RCPCH Training and Quality Board for OOPT or Academic Regional Representative for OOPR. The application needs to be completed (RCPCH form) and submitted to

All OOP applications requiring RCPCH input must also include the postgraduate deanery information too and accompany the RCPCH OOP application form.

You can download the OOP application/approval letter


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

Greater Manchester and Lancashire Trainee Website -   Greater Manchester and Lancashire – go-to teaching website


Cheshire and Merseyside Trainee Website -