Dr Carolyn MBChB MRCPCH MSc
I graduated from Sheffield University in 2001 and I became a General Paediatric Consultant in 2013. I obtained my MSc in Allergy from Imperial College in the same year. I work in London and my busy and varied role involves working in the paediatric A&E department and paediatric high dependency unit as well as allergy and general paediatric outpatient work. I have been involved with the charity Dreamflight since 2008 and have learnt endless amounts from these trips, dealing with poorly children in unusual places…such as rollercoasters! I love my job and one of the parts I find most satisfying is helping families to understand what is happening and how they can help themselves. I have understood this more keenly since having my two children. Through Doctor Bear I am really excited about helping parents and carers act with confidence when their children need them most.
Dr Siobhan MBBS, BSc, DRCOG, MRCPCH
I am a Consultant Neonatologist (a paediatrician who specialises in the care of newborn babies) at a central London teaching hospital. I graduated from Imperial College, London in 2005 with distinction in clinical practice and chose to go into paediatrics after my first paediatric rotation as a junior doctor in the following year. I found that children are such refreshing patients- they dislike being ill and will do anything to feel better and get back to the playroom. Soon afterwards I decided to specialise further and concentrate on caring for the most vulnerable children; newborn babies. I am constantly in awe of the strength and reserve of the tiniest or sickest of babies who cling on to life against all the odds and eventually manage to leave the neonatal unit and join their family, sometimes after many challenging months. I love my job and feel incredibly lucky to work with some amazing people and babies. I work part time as I am also a mother to Joseph who is 4y and Grace who is 2y. Becoming a mother has changed life completely for me. Apart from adjusting to a new level of busy that being a working mother brings, I am acutely aware of the pain and anxiety that parents can experience when a child is sick. I have also found parenthood to be a challenge like no other experienced in my work and am constantly learning from my strong willed but incredibly charming toddlers!
Dr Bianca BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCPCH
I am a Consultant Paediatrician at a central London teaching hospital where I specialise in acute and complex paediatrics. I graduated from Imperial College, London in 2002 and I have been working in Paediatrics since 2003. I was originally planning to become a GP as a lifestyle choice but I loved the challenges and rewards of working in paediatrics so much I could not leave! I am passionate about teaching and I am currently clinical lead for simulation and learning from excellence and a director on a course to help junior doctors prepare for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health clinical exam. For the last 10 years I have also been actively involved with the charity ‘Over The Wall’ which runs residential activity camps for children with health challenges and I am currently chair of their Clinical Advisory Board. I work part-time to have more time with my 2 wonderful daughters Sophie age 8 and Megan age 6 who keep me on my toes and continue to surprise me and teach me so much every day.
Dr Rebecca MBChB (Hons), BMedSc, MRCPCH
I graduated from Birmingham University School of Medicine in 2004, where I worked for a year in my house jobs. My first ever job was in a large Paediatric Department in a busy part of East Birmingham. I loved seeing children arrive poorly and scoot out the department feeling better, and found the staff inspirational to work with. I was hooked and decided that this was for me. I moved to London, after being accepted onto a Paediatric training scheme and have since worked in 9 different London hospitals, in 14 different departments gaining experience and seeing a huge range of children and medical problems. I am a Consultant Paediatrician, focussing on acute paediatrics in a busy District General Hospital.. I also have an interest in Medical Education and have spent time teaching medical students and junior Paediatricians, helping develop training and have written chapters in a Medical education textbook. I have taken my time getting where I am as I am also Mum to 4 gorgeous children aged 8 years, 6 years, 3 years and 10 months. I am undecided whether a busy A&E department can be more relaxing than time at home with 4 young children!