Damian is a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Leicester Hospitals and Leicester University. He has research interests in scorings 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 NIALL MULLEN
Niall is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Sunderland Royal Hospital . He is an accidental clinical researcher having joined the PERUKI Research Steering Committee at its inception. He is the PERUKI site lead for Sunderland and a recent graduate of the North East’s Green Shoots Research Programme. His other main interest is simulation based medical education and he is the RCPCH Simulation lead for the North East. When not working or playing with dolls he obsesses over the (mis)fortunes of Liverpool Football Club and unsuccessfully tries to get his two children to do the same. He is also devilishly handsome, great with kids & loves his mum.
inaugural and immediate past chair
DR MARK LYTTLE
Mark is a clinical researcher who spends most of his time as a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in the University of the West of England, with research interests in childhood head injury and asthma. He has been involved in the clincial guideline development process with NICE, and is a member of the MCRN. First hand experience of working within the PREDICT research network proved to him that multi-centre PEM research is more than just an aspiration. He's now a passionate believer that paediatric emergency departments are the ideal place to perform research, and is working on getting everyone else to believe it too.
DR STUART HARTSHORN
Stuart is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Birmingham Children's Hospital. He has a particular interest in clinical guideline development and multi-centre research in PEM. Contrary to the opinion of several of his colleagues, Stuart is not an IT geek (!) but he does believe in the importance of information sharing and making clinical resources as easy to access as possible. Please contact him if you have any specific queries, problems or would just like some general information about PERUKI.
DR EMILY WALTON
Hi- my name’s Emily- I’m a paediatric emergency medicine consultant and have recently joined the PERUKI Exec as treasurer. I completed my training in London in 2015 and have since moved down to work at The Royal Alex Children’s Hospital in Brighton.
Alongside making the most of life between the South Downs and the Sea I’ve enjoyed getting several PERUKI projects up and running locally and am looking forward to getting more involved with the network on a national level.
DR MERIEL TOLHURST-CLEAVER
Meriel discovered a love of Paediatric Emergency Medicine whilst on a working year abroad in Sydney, Australia. On her return to the UK she got a sub-speciality training job doing PEM at Alder Hey, where she is currently completing ST7. She became interested in research in this post due to involvement in studies such as Eclipse and Cap-it. She has recently taken up the position as the Trainee Representative on the PERUKI exec and is leading the trainee project on peri-orbital cellulitis. She has 2 young girls so has no spare time... but does love to read and run and tries to squeeze these in where possible.
WEbsite and social media
DR KATIE KNIGHT
Katie is a Paediatric Emergency Medicine trainee in London, who is taking a year out at the end of training working at Health Education England. She is the creator and lead editor of paediatricfoam.com and is into all things FOAMed. Katie is responsible for the recent update of the PERUKI website and new logo, and she is looking forward to being able to boost the profile of PERUKI's research using social media.