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2.00 pm

An introduction to Paediatric Gliomas 

Dr Heather Keir, Consultant Paediatric and Perinatal Pathologist, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Outline of lecture:

Dr Keir will explain what a paediatric glioma is, touch upon the common symptoms associated with paediatric gliomas and then discuss some of the more common low and high grade paediatric gliomas including pilocytic astrocytoma, subependymal giant cell astrocytoma’s and diffuse midline glioma, H3 K27-altered. She will briefly describe the most common location(s), radiological features, morphology/immunoprofile and associated molecular changes. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand what a paediatric glioma is and recognise that this group contains many different tumours ranging from low grade (WHO Grade 1) through to high grade (WHO Grade 4).
  • Gain a better understanding of the salient features of some of the more common paediatric gliomas.
  • Appreciate the need for an integrated approach to the diagnosis of paediatric gliomas.

2.35 pm

Greater Manchester Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood Service, A 2-year audit: Benefits of a Consultant Delivered Service 

Dr Elizabeth Wareing, Consultant Community Paediatrician working in Manchester and joint Clinical Lead for the Greater Manchester Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood Service

Outline of lecture:

The talk will be remind the audience of the statutory role the SUDC service plays in investigating unexpected child deaths and the specifics of the GM model and how to access it when required. Audit data will be used to explain how our service performs compared to national picture and consider how families are supported after a sudden bereavement.

Learning objectives:

  • To appreciate the statutory obligations with regards to Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Childhood
  • Understanding of the Greater Manchester service model
  • How to access the SUDC service and support families after their child’s death

3.10 pm       


3.25 pm

The role of the Designated Doctor for Child Death and Child Death Overview Panels in Greater Manchester

Dr Melanie McMahon, Consultant Paediatrician Neurodisability, Bolton Hospitals NHS FT and Bolton CAMHS (GMMH); Designated Doctor Child Death, Bolton NHS GMICB, SUDC Paediatrician

Dr Suzy Emsden, Paediatric Intensivist NWTS, Designated Doctor for Child Death, Manchester NHS GMICB

Outline of Lecture:

We hope to offer a brief overview of Child Death Legislation, Child Death Overview Panels and Designated Doctors for Child Death: who we are and what we do in Greater Manchester. We hope to illustrate current processes including use of  eCDOP as well as some learning from deaths work .  

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand Child death processes locally and nationally
  • What are CDOPs and how to use electronic CDOP (eCDOP) if requested
  • Who are the Designated Doctors for Child Death in your area and what do they currently do and plans for future learning in GM

4.00 pm

Child Mortality – widening disparities

Professor Karen Luyt, Chair NCMD

4.35 pm



This event is free for MMS members. For non-members, please find a list of tickets for this event below.

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Any non-member £20.00

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