Medical Advisors

Dr. Gavin Cleary

Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Liverpool 

Dr Cleary is a Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist at The Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, a post that he has recently started. Prior to this, Dr Cleary was a Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Rheumatology and has also trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Gavin has a particular interest in nutritional aspects of JIA, and has published work on the use of Entonox (gas and air) during intra-articular steroid injection in children. In addition he has written and published a review of intra-articular injection in JIA, and contributed to the most recent edition of a major paediatric textbook (Forfar and Arneil).

Dr Jeremy Camilleri

University Hospital of Wales  

Dr Jeremy Camilleri graduated in Medicine (1985) after training at the Royal London Hospital. In 1995, he was appointed Consultant Rheumatologist at East Glamorgan Hospital. He moved to the University Hospital of Wales in 1998, taking over the tertiary paediatric rheumatology service for South Wales, for which he is now the lead clinician. Dr Camilleri was Regional Chair for Wales for the British Society for Rheumatology, and Specialty Representative for Wales for the Royal College of Physicians from 2010-2013.

Miss Kristina May

Southampton University NHS Trust

Kristina trained to be a doctor at both Cambridge University (1988-91) and then Manchester University (!991-94). Once qualified as a doctor she trained to be an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) in Leeds and Sheffield. She completed her Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in August 2009.

She was appointed as a Consultant in Paediatric Ophthalmology at Southampton University NHS Trust in September 2009. Since then she has established a new consultant-provided paediatric uveitis service working very closely with her paediatric rheumatology colleagues. She now provides a tertiary referral service that includes patients from the Channel Islands, Isle of Wight, Dorset and West Sussex as well as Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Dr. Janet McDonagh

Manchester Children's Hospital

Dr Janet E McDonagh is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology at The University of Manchester and Consultant at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Her main clinical and research interests are in adolescent health and transitional care. She has a particular interest in models of care for adolescents with chronic conditions that support young people’s emerging capacity for self-management, that ensure appropriate health risk assessment, support transition to adult health care, adherence to treatment guidelines and engagement with other health care services. She is a member of the Barbara Ansell National Network for Adolescent Rheumatology and is the co-lead of a project to develop a national youth-led engagement strategy for the network.

She is convenor elect of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Young Person’s Special Interest Group and co-chair of the Royal College of Physicians Young Adult and Adolescent strategy group. She is on the advisory council of the Association for Young People’s Health. Dr McDonagh is also involved in the development of training for health professionals in adolescent medicine as well as rheumatology both at an undergraduate as well as post graduate level including her role a trainer in the European Teaching Effective Adolescent Care and Health initiative (

Dr Jonathan Packham

Consultant Rheumatologist, Haywood Hospital, Stafford

Dr Jon Packham is a Consultant Adult Rheumatologist in Stoke on Trent with a special interest in Paediatric Rheumatology and spondyloarthritis.

He has completed a doctorate in ‘Long term outcomes in adults with juvenile arthritis’, has acted as Secretary for the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR) and continues to participate actively in research.

He has been the lead for the paediatric rheumatology service in Stoke with his paediatric consultant colleague for the past 12 years, over which time the service has more than doubled in size.

He is a member of the Barbara Ansell National Network for Adolescent Rheumatology

Dr Clarissa Pilkington

UCLH & Great Ormond Street Hospitals, London

Dr Pilkington has been a Consultant in Adolescent & Paediatric Rheumatology at University  College and Great Ormond Street Hospitals since September 2001.  She has led the rheumatology team at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2004.

Clarissa has a special interest in juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).  She is also an expert on arthritis, scleroderma and musculoskeletal pain as well as being President of the British Society of Paediatric & Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR; September 2012 – 2015).

Dr Pilkington is a founder member of the UK paediatric SLE study group: setting up a UK cohort study and database, as well as international clinical research into juvenile SLE; including defining flare criteria. She is the Principal Investigator for the Biologics and Extended Biologics Registry and for the PLUTO belimumab SLE trial at GOSH.

Prof Athimalaipet Ramanan

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children & Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases

Prof Ramanan did his initial paediatric rheumatology training in Manchester including a MSc in Clinical Rheumatology at the University of Manchester and his Fellowship in Paediatric Rheumatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.

His Unit currently provides a service for the entire South West of England and parts of South Wales. They do outreach clinics in Exeter, Taunton, Torbay, Salisbury and Swansea. He has published more than 25 papers in peer reviewed international journals.

His current research focus is on immunogenetics of systemic onset juvenile arthritis, macrophage activation syndrome and juvenile dermatomyositis. He is the Associate Editor for the musculoskeletal section of the National Library of Health.

Dr Madeleine Rooney

Consultant Rheumatologist, Musgrave Hospital, Belfast

Dr Rooney started her career as a consultant and researcher in paediatric rheumatology in Northwick Park Hospital in 1991, moving after four years to carry on both those roles  at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.  In 1999 she returned to Northern Ireland and established the local regional service in paediatric rheumatology.   She was chief investigator on the first multicentre double blind controlled study of the prevention and treatment of steroid – induced osteopaenia in children with rheumatic diseases, the results of which have provided the first evidence- base for the management of bone health in these children.  In 2003 she set up a prospect inception cohort, database and sample collection from children with newly diagnosed JIA in Northern Ireland, and currently has the largest synovial tissue collection. Her laboratory’s areas of interest are the synovial membrane and fluid histomorphology and proteome.  

Professor TaunySouthwood

Chief Paediatric Medical Advisor, Diana Princess of Wales Children’s Hospital, Birmingham

Undergraduate medical degrees: Flinders University of South Australia. Paediatric training at Adelaide Children's Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia. Rheumatology Research Training and Experience 1984: Paediatric research and clinical fellowships: Nephrology: Dr J Jureidini, Adelaide Children's Hospital 1995-6:Immunology: Professor J Bradley, Adult rheumatology: Professor P Roberts-Thomson, Flinders Medical Centre 1997-9: Fellowship in paediatric rheumatology: Professor R Petty, Professor P Malleson, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. 1989: Appointed Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Paediatric Rheumatology, University of Birmingham. 1998: Appointed Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology, University of Birmingham. Current Activities: Birmingham Children's Hospital Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Paediatric Rheumatology European Society and EULAR liaison officer.

Research Interests: Studies on classification, epidemiology and immune responses in children with arthritis, evaluation of , e-learning in paediatric rheumatology and arthritis education for children with arthritis, and the safety and benefits of anti-cytokine treatment in children with arthritis, evaluation of adolescent/transitional rheumatology programmes of care.

Dr Rachel Tattersall 

Consultant Adolescent Rheumatologist

Rachel Tattersall is an Adolescent Rheumatologist working in Sheffield at both Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. With rheumatology teams at both hospitals she runs a seamless service for 10-25 year old patients designed to make the transition from childrens’ to adult services as smooth as possible, to give young people in the service as many choices about their care as possible and to support their families. She qualified in Medicine in 1995 and trained in adult rheumatology in Yorkshire and in paediatric rheumatology in Nottingham taking up her post in Sheffield in 2008. She works nationally to promote adolescent rheumatology for the Royal College of Physicians, the British Society for Rheumatology, the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology and BANNAR, the Barbara Ansell National Network for Adolescent Rheumatology. Her research interests are in medicines decision-making and patient agendas in health care.

Dr Nick Wilkinson

Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist, Evelina Childrens’ Hospital, London

Nick is the paediatric rheumatology consultant for the Evelina Children's Hospital, London and is on the BSPAR executive where he has set up the national BSPAR parents group and supported the national survey run by NRAS.  Currently setting up the new service covering South London and South East Coastal Region, Nick specialises not just in paediatric rheumatology, but adolescent rheumatology, chronic pain, sports and exercise medicine, skeletal dysplasia, and is involved in research in a number of these areas.   Originally graduating from Edinburgh University, Nick has trained around the world, including Australia and Canada. 

With his MD based at St. George's Hospital, Nick has also worked at Great Ormond Street, where he was awarded the Kourir Award in 2003.  Nick enjoys teaching, working in multidisciplinary teams and is particularly interested in working with parents to develop paediatric rheumatology services.

Sarah Hartfree, RGN

Paediatric Rheumatology Nurse Specialist, Southampton

Sarah Hartfree trained and qualified as an RGN at Surrey University.  She gained a wide experience base within paediatric nursing including work within the intensive care setting.  Sarah has also worked in the clinical skills arena where she has used her knowledge and skills of paediatric care to educate medical students.   Sarah is the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Rheumatology Department at Southampton General Hospital and is the support link for the paediatric rheumatology service.

Jane Willock, RGN

Paediatric Rheumatology Nurse Specialist  -  Wales

Jane Willock qualified as RGN and RSCN in Manchester in 1985. She specialised in paediatric renal nursing and was appointed as Senior Nurse in Paediatric Nephrology in Cardiff in 1998. In 2006 she took up a post as a paediatric nurse practitioner in the Children's Investigation Unit (Medical Day Case Unit) where she gained experience of rheumatology whilst caring for children with inflammatory conditions.  At the beginning of 2011 she was appointed Clinical Nurse Specialist in Children's Rheumatology.  In addition to her clinical posts, she is also as senior lecturer in children's nursing at the University of South Wales (previously the University of Glamorgan) and is a qualified independent prescriber.