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Training and Taster Days


If you’re interested in attending, or hosting, Training Days or Taster Days, please contact the trainee reps.

Training Days

Every year, the national PEM trainees conference aims to bring together trainees from both RCPCH and RCEM for a day of learning and networking. 

Regional PEM training days run aiming to cover relevant topics from the  curriculum and the paediatric emergency medicine curriculum.

Taster Days

If you're interested in finding out more about PEM as a subspecialty why not organise a taster day and spend some time on the shop floor.

Taster Days Aims

  • To develop an insight into the work of the specialty

  • Promote careers reflection

  • Opportunity to find out what is needed to succeed, progress or enjoy this specialty in terms of skills, attributes and behaviour

What can I do during my Paediatric Emergency Taster Day?

  • Time with senior clinician(s) in the specialty, observing work, discussing careers pathways, future opportunities and work life balance issues.

  • Time with current trainees (of various grades) in the specialty, observing work, discussing what life is like as a trainee in the specialty, work life balance, how their careers choices were made, current and future shift patterns, exams, curricula and entry to specialty.

  • Time with key workers who support the specialty such as Emergency Nurse Practitioners

  • Opportunity to participate in hands on activities under direct supervision

  • Learning about triage, patient flow and departmental performance

  • Observe resuscitation of trauma patients and learn about how trauma centres work

  • Attend departmental teaching, radiology meetings, safeguarding meetings, simulation sessions

How To Organise a Paediatric Emergency Taster Day?

  • Taster Days should be taken during study leave with local agreement or in your own time which would be a good example of your commitment to the specialty if and when you decide to apply!

  • Include some out-of-hours time to ensure you get a true experience of what life in Paediatric ED is really like.

  • For more information on arranging your taster days contact any of the following people:

East Midlands

Nottingham University Hospital

Dr Lynda Walton

North Royal Derby Hospital

Dr Gisela Robinson 

Dr Julia Surridge

University Hospitals of Leicester

Dr Ffion Davies,

Dr Samantha Jones,

Dr Rachel Rowlands


Chelsea and Westminster

Dr James Ross

Evelina London, St Thomas' Hospital

Dr John Criddle

and Dr Anastasia Alcock

Royal London Hospital

Dr Ami Parikh

and Dr Simon Walsh

St Mary’s Hospital

Dr Rebecca Salter

University Hospital Lewisham

Dr Tina Sajjanhar

Kent Surrey Sussex

Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Brighton

Dr Emily Walton


Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Dr Julie Grice,

Dr Ravi Massey

and Dr Matt Rotheram


Sunderland Royal Hospital, Great North Children’s Hospital

Dr Siri Gautam

and Dr Myra Hebert


Bristol Children’s Hospital

Dr Mark Lyttle

West Midlands

Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Dr Tina Newton

Yorkshire and Humber

Sheffield Children's Hospital

Dr Sally Gibbs

and Dr Judith Gilchrist

Northern Ireland

Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

Dr Julieann Maney


Royal Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow

Dr Vince Choudhery

Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh

Dr Paul Leonard

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