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Paediatric Rheumatology

We provide a general and specialist paediatric rheumatology service for the Thames Valley area (Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire) and neighbouring counties, including:

  • Northamptonshire
  • Hampshire
  • Wiltshire
  • Surrey
  • West Sussex.

The services we offer include:

  • management of acute, sub-acute, medium and long-term inflammatory joint disease (juvenile idiopathic arthritis), including joint replacement
  • management of chronic musculo-skeletal and soft tissue syndromes, aches and pains in the growing child, (e.g. anterior knee pain, hypermobility, sports injuries)
  • management of juvenile dermatomyositis and SLE, childhood vasculitis and other connective tissue diseases (including cytotoxic management)
  • management of autoinflammatory conditions (e.g. periodic fevers)
  • management of severe acute multi-system disease, including support on intensive care
  • transitional care for adolescents with inflammatory diseases
  • assessment of localised and generalised chronic pain syndromes
  • diagnosis and management of rare syndromes e.g. skeletal dysplasias (development abnormalities)
  • assessment, prevention and management of osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) in children.

Clinics are also provided at:

  • Great Western Hospital, Swindon
  • Stoke Mandeville
  • Frimley Park
  • Wexham Park
  • St Richards, Chichester
  • Hillingdon


  • Dr Kathy Bailey, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist
  • Dr Akhila Kavirayani, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist
  • Dr Joel David, Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Ruth Etherton, Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • Elaine Parsons, Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • Sunette Letley, Occupational Therapists
  • Gabby Willis, Occupational Therapists
  • Dr Sri Sharma, Consultant Opthalmologist
  • James Bayley, Uveitis Specialist Nurse Practitioner
  • Tanzeela Rabbani, Orthoptist
  • Peter Evans, Orthotist
  • Jo Sheehan, Physiotherapist
  • Julia Smith, Physiotherapist
  • Dr Juliet Kennedy, Psychologist
  • Dr Konrad Jacobs, Psychologist

Further information on the team can be found by clicking on the link below:

Find us and contact us

Paediatric rheumatology services are based in the Department of Rheumatology at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre with close ties to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Initial contact with this service should be made via your GP.