Cambridge University Hospitals

Paediatrics, Neonatal, PICU


Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust provides a range of emergency, surgical and medical services. Addenbrooke's is now a flagship hospital having achieved NHS Foundation Trust status in July 2004. It is also working in partnership with the University of Cambridge and their research partners (the MRC and CRUK) to make the Cambridge Biomedical Campus an internationally leading centre for biomedical and translational research.

The paediatric department at Addenbrooke's is housed in the main building. Inpatient care is carried out on 3 wards with a total of 64 beds. C3 ward looks after infants and small children under 3 years of age with medical and surgical conditions, C2 ward has mainly oncology patients but also some medical admissions and D2 cares for older children mainly with surgical conditions. There is a fully staffed children’s observation unit in F3 ward which has 12 beds. This unit acts as a short observation ward to which patients can be admitted for treatment and investigation when it is anticipated that they will be suitable for discharge within a few hours after admission. This also serves as a day unit for investigations such as diagnostic fasts, MRI scans under sedation, chemotherapy etc. The department offers comprehensive general and neonatal paediatric service and is the major referral centre in Neonatology, Oncology/Haematology, Endocrinology/Diabetes, Insulin Resistance Syndromes, Neurology, Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Intensive Care and Paediatric Surgery for the East Anglian region. Acute paediatric admissions now number approximately 2,500 annually with 8,000 outpatient attendees. This gives trainee’s unparalleled access to excellent training opportunities.

The NICU is one of 3 Level 3 neonatal intensive care units in the East of England. It provides care for complex medical, surgical and foetal medicine infants. There are nearly 6000 deliveries and over 500 neonatal admissions annually. The new birthing unit opened in The Rosie in September 2012 and offers a state-of-the-art facility for our patients.

There is a busy child development centre with excellent training opportunities. There is also a dedicated community paediatric team and a lead consultant in safeguarding.

In 2009 the first programme administrator to support the RCPCH Tutor was appointed to assist in the delivery of teaching and training programme. Paediatric department at Addenbrookes Hospital is committed to education and training of trainees. It is a workplace where all trainees have access to continued learning and personal development. Having had a successful year this report describes the achievements and sets out the challenges and seeks solutions to them. I would like to thank everyone involved in delivery of the teaching programme.

We provide an annual report of progress and targets in training opportunities for the department which is available to view/download on this page.

A variety of courses are available for Paediatric trainees including the regional Paediatric St1-3 training days and the Annual School of Paediatrics, the Child Health Meeting the MAnaGing Ill Children (MAGIC) simulation course and a range of perinatal courses. We also offer evening teaching sessions for regional trainees in advance of the MRCPCH Clinical Exams

The Cambridge Perinatal Group comprises clinicians working in perinatal education, training and research. Our programme aims to provide clinical training and updates in perinatal topics through interactive lectures, workshops and simulation training.

To view the current range of courses open to those working in Paediatrics and Neonatology please click here

The Paedatric and Neonatal Activities timetable is now availble here

For information on Perinatal courses please contact Deborah Leith E: dl342@medschl.cam.ac.uk T: 01223 274419

For information on Simulation courses Please contact Tas Ashworth E: ta395@medschl.cam.ac.uk T: 01223 348100

For all other queries please contact the Paediatric Programme Administrator: Jonathan Northrop E: jpn33@medschl.cam.ac.uk T:01223 216376