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Paediatric Rheumatology

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

These include:
  • Northamptonshire
  • Hampshire
  • Wiltshire
  • Surrey
  • West Sussex.

We offer the following services.

  • Management of acute, sub-acute, medium and long-term inflammatory joint disease (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis / JIA)
  • Management of juvenile dermatomyositis and Lupus (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 in readiness for their move to adult services
  • Diagnosis and management of rare syndromes e.g. skeletal dysplasias (development abnormalities)
  • Assessment of localised and generalised Chronic Pain Syndromes

We provide clinics at:

  • Great Western Hospital, Swindon
  • Milton Keynes Hospital
  • The Oxford Centre for Young People in Pain (OXCYPP) at Douglas House, Oxford

Our team

  • Dr Akhila Kavirayani
    Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist and Clinical Lead
  • Dr Pam Dawson
    Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist and Medical Lead for Chronic Pain
  • Dr Kathy Bailey
    Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist
  • Dr Joel David
    Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Dr Sri Sharma
    Lead Consultant Ophthalmologist, Thames Valley Regional Ocular Inflammation Service for Children and Adults
  • Dr Lucia Derriman
    Specialty Doctor Ophthalmology
  • Ruth Finch
    Clinical Nurse Specialist and Lead Nurse Specialist
  • Elaine Parsons
    Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Rachel Walcott
    Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Jane-Ann Archer
    Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Danielle Miller
    Research Nurse
  • Jo Sheehan
    Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Allied Health Professional Team Lead
  • Sunette Letley
    Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
  • Gabby Willis
    Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
  • Laura Clay
    Health Play Specialist
  • Dr Becky Dale
    Principal Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr Konrad Jacobs
    Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Paediatric Chronic Pain Rehab Lead)
  • Dr Emma Dunford
    Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • Julia Smith
    Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Paediatric Chronic Pain
  • Gemma North
    Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Paediatric Chronic Pain and Rheumatology
  • Anne Marie van Es
    Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in Paediatric Chronic Pain
  • Lisa Fox
    Paediatric Therapy Assistant

Paediatric Rheumatology team information

Find us and contact us

Paediatric rheumatology services are based in Children's Outpatients at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre with close ties to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

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


Oxford Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Centre (OxPARC) (at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre)

Pain management - Oxford Children's Rehabilitation Service

Skeletal Dysplasia Group

Last reviewed:22 March 2024