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London Paediatric Sleep Group

What is the London Paediatric Sleep Group?

The London Paediatric Sleep Group is made up of professionals from the different paediatric sleep centres within London and the south east, including:

  • Evelina London Children’s Hospital
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
  • The Royal Brompton Hospital
  • St Mary’s Hospital
  • The Royal London Hospital
  • St George’s Hospital
  • Southampton Children’s Hospital
  • King's College Hospital

The group meets three times a year for an academic session relating to paediatric sleep medicine, with the host venue rotating between different sites.

These meetings offer a regular opportunity for professionals from all disciplines working within paediatric sleep medicine to meet to:

  • discuss new developments and research
  • share complex clinical problems
  • agree common pathways for assessing and managing sleep problems,
  • discuss technical aspects of providing specialised services and investigations.

The meetings are also an opportunity to meet other professionals working within this small sub-specialty of paediatrics.

How can I attend?

Meetings are coordinated by Dr Michael Farquhar at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, and usually occur in January, May and September of each year.

Interested professionals are always welcome to attend, and this can be arranged by contacting Dr Farquhar in the first instance.

Previous meetings

May 2016 (Evelina London Children's Hospital)

The problem with centrals: Central Sleep Disordered Breathing, case discussions and a suggested guideline.

  • Introduction and review of physiology of respiratory control –Dr Michael Farquhar (consultant in paediatric sleep medicine)
  • Normal oximetry values in healthy infants: preliminary data and some tricky cases – Dr Hazel Evans (consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine, Southampton Children's Hospital)
  • Clinical Case 1: Central hypoventilation with normal PHOX2B – Dr Elena Papakanaki (Clinical Fellow in paediatric respiratory medicine)
  • Clinical Case 2: Abnormal PHOX2B without hypoventilation – Dr Michael Farquhar
  • A proposed guideline for the management of central sleep disordered breathing in children – Dr Michael Farquhar

January 2016 (Great Ormond Street Hospital)

  • Introduction/welcome – Dr Francois Abel (consultant in paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine)
  • Open session to discuss interesting cases
  • Diaphragmatic pacing: indications and recent updates – Dr Martin Samuels (consultant in paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine)
  • Predicting morbidity in paediatric patients post spinal surgery: a retrospective cohort study – Fatmatah Mahdi (sleep physiologist)
  • Sleep and Memory in children with focal epilepsy – Dr Samantha Chan (paediatric neurology registrar)

November 2015 (Royal Brompton Hospital)

  • Introduction/welcome – Dr Hui-Leng Tang (consultant in paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine)
  • A puzzling sleep recording – Emma Carruthers
  • Highlights of British Sleep Society October Meeting – Dr Hui-Leng Tan
  • Early growth hormone in children with Prader Willi Syndrome: an emerging phenotype –Thomas Carlisle
  • A roller-coaster ride: travels with SMA1 – Professor Andy Bush (professor of paediatric respiratory medicine)

June 2015: Challenges in Management of Paediatric Narcolepsy (Evelina London Children's Hospital)

  • Introduction – Dr Michael Farquhar (consultant in paediatric sleep medicine)
  • The multiple sleep latency test in paediatric patients – Kiran Van Den Eshof (chief medical yechnologist)
  • Cognitive assessments and peer support – Dr Rebecca Martyn (highly specialist clinical psychologist)
  • Type 1 narcolepsy management challenges: a case study – Dr Cathy Hill (consultant in paediatric sleep medicine)
  • Narcolepsy: new horizons - Professor Paul Gringras (consultant in paediatric sleep medicine)

February 2015 (Royal London Hospital)

  • Sleep and fitness to fly – Dr Isobel Dundas (chief respiratory physiologist)
  • Oximetry: simple, or is it? – Mr John Rae (senior respiratory physiologist)
  • Case studies – Elizabeth Mapazire and Alison Franklin (senior respiratory clinical nurse specialists)
  • Obesity and sleep disordered breathing: a cosy relationship, where to next? – Dr Rifat Chaudry (consultant in paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine)

October 2014 (St Mary's Hospital)

  • Welcome and introduction – Dr Parviz Habibi (consultant in paediatric intensive care and sleep medicine)
  • Adenotonsillectomy for severe OSA: outcome, when to recall? – PSG nurse team
  • OSA diagnosis: history and examination v PSG – Ms Jenny Wing (final year medical student)
  • Sleep quality and sleep disordered breathing in allergy and asthma – Mr James Di Pasquale (senior sleep scientist)

May 2014 (Great Ormond Street Hospital)

  • Introduction/welcome – Dr Francois Abel (consultant in paediatric sleep medicine)
  • Interesting cases – Dr Victor Ambrose (fellow in sleep medicine and non-invasive ventilation)
  • The role of NIV in palliative care – Vicky Robinson (clinical nurse specialist in non-invasive ventilation)
  • Physiology based discussion
  • The child on long term ventilation via tracheostomy – pitfalls and delays in the discharge process – Kate Harkus (Sister, Transitional Care Unit)
  • Research collaboration in patients with sickle cell disease – Dr Wanda Koszlowska (consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine)

January 2014 (Royal Brompton Hospital)

  • Introduction/welcome – Dr Hui-Leng Tang (consultant in paediatric sleep and respiratory medicine)
  • Combined impedance/pH and respiratory polygraphy – Emma Carruthers
  • Case presentation – Anne-Marie Ebdon
  • Changing the natural history and transition in children using long term NIV – Professor Anita Simonds
  • What comes first: the cough or the cough machine? – Michelle Chatwin

October 2013 (Evelina London Children's Hospital)

  • Welcome/introduction – what do we want the London Paediatric Sleep Group to be? - Dr Michael Farquhar (consultant in paediatric sleep medicine)
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea in children with Down Syndrome: a new research study
  • The role of sleep in learning in children with Down Syndrome – Dr Anna Ashworth (sleep technologist)
  • The advanced sleep workshop at Evelina: a model for supported behavioural intervention – Dr Rebecca Martyn (highly specialist clinical psychologist)
  • What is normal anyway? – Professor Paul Gringras (consultant in paediatric sleep medicine)


Please contact Dr Michael Farquhar for more information about the group.
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