Why use this website?

It is recognised that the assessment of an acutely sick child is challenging and requires health care professionals to have the appropriate skills and competencies. The original DVD of Spotting the Sick Child was developed to support health care professionals spot children with serious illness. Since its release in 2004 the DVD has been a great success and is still a popular seller in the medical education market.

Spotting the Sick Child 2 was commissioned by the Department of Health and has been developed as a collaboration between academics, clinicians, instructional designers and web developers (see contributors) to provide an online interactive and evidence based tool using real life clinical scenario’s and footage. The concept behind the 2nd edition is to expand upon the depth of material and better align the resource with recent changes in both medical training and technology to include:

  • An awareness of national guidelines;
  • Internet accessibility incorporating streaming video and audio, learner interaction, personalised performance tracking, improved security and ease of use.
  • Increased depth and scope of content;
  • Increased clinical footage;
  • Inclusion of CPD and self-assessment;
  • Improved ease of use and navigation;
  • Updated pedagogical format.
  • Increased Interactivity

In this third edition of Spotting the Sick Child, commissioned by Health Education England in 2015 and produced in conjunction with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, we have enhanced the resource to include:

  • Learning Points to provide additional insights and complementary information for individual videos
  • Repurposing of all video content in high definition
  • Full accessibility on mobile platforms
  • A completely redesigned user interface and improved navigation

Commissioned by the Department of Health and Health Education England.
Special thanks to all parents, children and medical professionals who volunteered to be filmed and without whose co-operation this resource would not have been possible.

Original Project Team

  • Dr. Monica Lakhanpaul MBChB, MRCP, FRCPCH, DM, Consultant Paediatrician & Senior Lecturer (Academic Lead/ Co-director of HERADU, University of Leicester)
  • Dr. Nicholas Blackwell, Director OCB Media
  • Dr. Ffion Davies MBChB, MRCP, FRCPCH, FCEM, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine (University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust)
  • Dr. Holger Wahl PT, State Exam Med, MRCPCH, Paediatric Registrar
  • Dr. Damian Roland, BMBS, MRCPCH, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Emergency Medicine (University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust)
  • Paul Stanton, Operations Director, OCB Media

New Editorial team (2014 onwards)

  • Dr Ki Pang, BMedSci, MBBS, PhD, MRCP, FRCPCH, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist (Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Dr Philippa Wood, MBChB, MA, MRCPCH, Senior Paediatric Trainee (Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh)
  • Dr Andrew Riordan, DM, DTMH, MRCP, FRCPCH, Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases Consultant (Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Dr Natalie Prevatt, MBChB, MRCPCH, DPID, DTMH, Senior Paediatric Trainee (Northwick Park Hospital, London)
  • Dr Jonathan Henderson MB, BAO, BCh, MRCPCH, Senior Paediatric Trainee (Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Northern Ireland)
  • (Reviewer) Dr Carl van Heyningen, MBBCH, Paediatric Trainee (Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Liverpool)


  • Dr Akhter Hamid
  • Dr Ali Husain
  • Dr Alicen Caldwell
  • Dr Charlene Rodrigues
  • Dr Hannah Green
  • Dr Logan Manikam
  • Jo Chapman
  • Karen Stansall-Liggins
  • Kerry Morgan
  • Mark Randell
  • Paul Hydes
  • Professor Tim Coats
  • Rebecca Gibbon

Professional Advisory Panel

  • Dr Ali Husain, Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • Dr E.S. Anderson, National Teaching Fellow, University of Leicester
  • Dr James Cave, GP
  • Dr Logan Manikam TBC
  • Dr Martin Richardson, Paediatrician, Peterborough District Hospital
  • Elaine Curtin, Community Child Health Services, Leicester
  • Kerry Morgan, Senior Nurse, Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • Roger Watson, Divisional Clinical Manager, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Sarah Raut, Medical Student

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