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Our team

Our team has specialist experience in paediatric rheumatology and knowledge of inflammatory diseases, chronic pain and other conditions of bone and muscles.


  • Dr Akhila Kavirayani
    Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist and Clinical Lead
  • Dr Kathy Bailey
    Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist
  • Dr Pam Dawson
    Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist and Medical Lead for Chronic Pain
  • Dr Joel David
    Consultant Rheumatologist, Adolescent and Young Adult Care


  • Dr Sri Sharma
    Lead Consultant Ophthalmologist, Thames Valley Regional Ocular Inflammation Service for Children and Adults
  • Dr Lucia Derriman
    Specialty Doctor Ophthalmology

Further details

Ophthalmologists check for inflammation of the eye (uveitis). It is common in children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and may occur in other inflammatory diseases.

Uveitis - NHS website

Paediatric Rheumatology Nurse Specialists

  • Ruth Finch
    Lead Nurse Specialist
  • Elaine Parsons
  • Jane-Ann Archer
  • Rachel Walcott
  • Danielle Miller (Research Nurse)

Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

Jo Sheehan
Allied Health Professional Team Lead

Further details

Physiotherapy at the NOC - Oxford University Hospitals

Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapists

  • Sunette Letley
  • Gaby Willis

Further details

Occupational Therapy (OT) - Kids with Arthritis

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Becky Dale

Psychological Medicine - Oxford University Hospitals

Health Play Specialist

Laura Clay

Further details

The role of the Health Play Specialist involves:

  • providing appropriate activities for children and young people while waiting for clinic appointments
  • supporting children and young people with blood tests
  • preparation and support for MRI and ultrasound scans
  • addressing needle / medication anxiety and other diagnosis-related issues
  • helping young people develop self-management skills and prepare for transition to adult care
  • working alongside the multidisciplinary team (MDT) to support patients.
Last reviewed:16 April 2024