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

Commissioned by the Department of Health
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.

Project Team:
  • Dr. Monica Lakhanpaul MBChB, MRCP, FRCPCH, DM, Consultant Paediatrician & Senior Lecturer (Academic Lead/ Co-director of HERADU, University of Leicester)
  • Dr. Nic Blackwell PhD, MITT 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, Academic Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Paul Stanton, Operations Director, OCB Media

Production Team:
OCB Media
  • Doug Ellison, Multimedia Producer
  • Joshua Setchfield, Web Development Manager
  • Ben Wright, Web Designer
  • Helen Maffin, Digital Asset Management Manager
  • Taryn Sligh, Multimedia Editor

  • 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


Spotting the Sick Child 2 has been produced in association with the

Supported by the

  • Department of Health
  • NHS National Patient Safety Agency
  • The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • College of Emergency Medicine
  • University Hospital of Leicester
  • University of Leicester
  • WellChild
  • OCB Media
  • Child Brain Injury Trust
  • Council for Disabled Children
  • Meningitis Now
  • Children's Heart Federation