PCCS Council

The PCCS Council consists of the Officers, Doctor Members elected in accordance with the Regulations, Doctor in Training Members elected in accordance with the Regulations, and Nurse or Allied Health Professional Members elected in accordance with the Regulations. The Officers are the President, the President Elect, the Immediate Past President, Vice Presidents, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary.

PCCS Council Officers

JAMES FRASER

JAMES FRASER

PCCS PRESIDENT

James Fraser is a Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care in Bristol. He was elected onto Council in 2015 and to Honorary Secretary in 2016.

His interests are ethics, organ donation, and palliative care.

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PETER-MARC FORTUNE

PETER-MARC FORTUNE

IMMEDIATE PAST PCCS PRESIDENT

Peter-Marc is a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. He has been PCCS Conference officer since 2011 and Vice President up until Summer 2015 when he was elected as President. He took up the Presidential role in 2016.

His interests are Resuscitation, Patient Safety and Medical Ethics. He is a member of the RCUK Executive Committee and Chair of the NAPSTAR course.

MARGARITA BURMESTER

MARGARITA BURMESTER

VICE PRESIDENT (MEDICAL)

Margarita is the Lead Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Royal Brompton Hospital. She has been PCCS council officer since 2014 and is the PCCS rep at PICMISAC.

Her interests are in improving patient care and safety through using simulation to teach inter-professional teamwork and systems improvement. She is founder and Director of SPRinT, Simulation Co-Chair for Health Education North West London and is an executive member of ASPiH.

CARLI WHITTAKER

CARLI WHITTAKER

VICE-PRESIDENT (NURSING/AHP)

Carli is a Critical Care Educator at Nottingham Children's Hospital Paediatric Critical Care Unit.

Her interests are paediatric intensive care, renal replacement therapies, neuro trauma, education and simulation, human factors and travel.

Padmanabhan Ramnarayan (Ram)

Padmanabhan Ramnarayan (Ram)

HONORARY SECRETARY

Ram is Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care Retrieval at the Children's Acute Transport Service (CATS) based at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care at St Mary's Hospital London. He has been a PCCS Council elected medical member since 2013.

His interests are critical care transport, epidemiology of paediatric critical illness, use of information technology, and clinical trials.

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Adrian Humphry

Adrian Humphry

HONORARY TREASURER

Adrian is a Paediatric Intensivist working in Bristol having previously trained in Oxford, Bristol, The Evelina and Birmingham. He was elected to PCCS Council in 2013 and has been the Honorary Secretary since 2016.

Adrian's interests include education, particularly through simulation, retrieval medicine and ECMO.

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PICS Elected Members

Patrick Davies

Patrick Davies

DOCTOR MEMBER

Patrick is lead consultant for the Nottingham Paediatric Critical Care Unit, and works also with the CoMET retrieval team. He has a strong interest in research, publishing widely on diverse topics such as electrical impedance tomography, pharmacostability of Plasmalyte, and the alcohol consumption of James Bond. He has an interest in physiology, many and varied sports, and looking after his chaotic family.

Tracey Phillips

Tracey Phillips

NURSE/AHP MEMBER

Tracey is a Sister on PICU, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Tracey has extensive nursing experience both clinically and managerially in Paediatric Critical Care including a previous post as Matron for PICU and working with the Paediatric Critical Care Society Managers group.  Tracey was elected as a nursing representative to PCCS Council in November 2018.

Tracey is passionate about ensuring critically ill children and their families receive the best care possible and also has a particular interest in governance and global health. Tracey is also part of the PCCS membership committee, produces the PCCS newsletter and is co-chair of the PICS SG for global health.

Mehrengise Cooper

Mehrengise Cooper

DOCTOR MEMBER

Mehrengise is a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at St Mary’s Hospital. She is a Training Programme Director in the London School of Paediatrics and Lead for Simulation for the London School of Paediatrics and she is the chair of the RCPCH PICM ISAC (Intercollegiate Speciality Advisory Committee).

Her interests are Training and Education, Neuro-intensive care, Organ Donation and more recently Palliative Care.

Sarah Mahoney

Sarah Mahoney

DOCTOR MEMBER

Sarah is a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. She is PICU Lead for Training, Trauma and HCID. Sarah was elected as medical representative to the PCCS Council in October 2017.

Her interests are training, trainee and Fellow recruitment and Education, particularly simulation.

Julie Menzies

Julie Menzies

NURSE/AHP MEMBER

Julie has worked in the Birmingham Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for 19 years. Her current role is Nurse Researcher; managing research projects on PICU. Julie was elected as a nursing representative to PCCS Council in November 2018. Julie also holds the position of Vice-Chair for the Nursing Section of ESPNIC.

Her interests include: supporting nurses’ engagement with research, the care and support of patients and families, mobilisation and rehabilitation of patients and families, mobilisation and rehabilitation of patients, workforce planning and staff retention.

Lynda Pittilla

Lynda Pittilla

NURSE/AHP MEMBER

Lynda's current roles include Lead Nurse for North East Children’s Transport and Retrieval (NECTAR), North of England Critical Care Network Lead for PIC, Care Quality Commission specialist advisor, Elected nurse member of PCCS Council.

Her areas of interests are paediatric intensive care, adult, paediatric and neonatal transport, high dependency, the deteriorating patient, outreach and patient safety.

Simon Gates

Simon Gates

NURSE/AHP MEMBER

Simon is the lead physiotherapist for PICU at Nottingham Children's Hospital.

He has special interests in novel methods of respiratory assessment, the use of nebuliser therapy and ethics. Simon was elected to PCCS council in 2016 as an AHP/Nursing representative.

Carla Thomas

Carla Thomas

DOCTOR IN TRAINING

PICS Trainee Rep
Year 2 Grid Trainee in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. I am committed to improving Grid training through the organisation of high-quality masterclasses and networking opportunities.

I am happy to answer any questions about PICM training or career planning. My interests are in ECMO and cardiac intensive care.
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PICS Co-opted Members

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith

APA REPRESENTATIVE

Mike Linney

Mike Linney

RCPCH REPRESENTATIVE

Akash Deep

Akash Deep

SCIENCE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE (Co-Chair)

Akash is the Director of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at King's College Hospital, London, and Chair of the Renal/CRRT section of ESPNIC.

His interests include sepsis, liver failure, neurotrauma and acute kidney injury/CRRT.

Ajay Desai

Ajay Desai

SCIENCE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE (Co-Chair)

Dr Ajay Desai is a consultant in paediatric intensive care medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital in London, United Kingdom. He is the lead for the paediatric ECMO programme, with a special interest in extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR). He is a faculty member of the SPRinT (simulated interprofessional team training) programme, and has been a member of the education committee of the International Paediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) since 2012.

Barney Scholefield

Barney Scholefield

PICS SG REPRESENTATIVE

Barney is the Chair of the PICS Study Group. He is currently an NIHR Clinician Scientist in Paediatric Intensive Care at the University of Birmingham and Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and has been a co-opted member of the PCCS Council since 2017.

His Interests are clinical trials, post-cardiac arrest neuro-protection, prognostic modelling and advanced neuro-monitoring.

Madeleine Wang

Madeleine Wang

LAY MEMBER

Intikhab Zafurallah

Intikhab Zafurallah

WFPICCS REPRESENTATIVE