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Child Health

Our Clinical Academic Group (CAG) is the largest provider of child health services in London, and the third largest in the UK. 

CH CAGWe provide services that support children and young people with physical health needs, mental illness and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Read the latest from our Child Health CAG.

The CAG leads the most comprehensive peanut allergy programme in the world and our Centre for the Developing Brain is pioneering research to reduce the number of children who suffer brain damage around the time of birth. We also have internationally competitive child health services in heart, brain and kidney disease, and have the largest paediatric liver unit in the UK. Our paediatric liver service is performing at world level.

We performed the world's first liver cell transplant in alginate embedded cells for liver failure.


Our programme of education includes undergraduate medical student teaching, as part of the Child Health Development and Ageing (CHDA) rotation and postgraduate paediatric training and nursing.

We established the first multidisciplinary Advanced Paediatrics MSc course in 2011. Our Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PSCU) Retrieval Nurse Practitioner (RNP) training programme for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurses is the first in the country.

Key achievements in education:

  • Significant increase in GP engagement, using a joint approach between King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Evelina London Children’s Hospital
  • The multi-disciplinary Advanced Paediatric MSc has been further developed, expanding the simulation programme and a variety of innovative learning opportunities, including ward-based and formal education days.


The CAG completed the world’s first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guided interventional cardiac catheterisation in 2010. We carried out a world first hepatocyte transplantation in alginate beads for acute liver failure in children in 2011. We also achieved the highest Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN) clinical trial accrual across the region for 2012-13. 

Innovations and achievements

  • Read about how our clinical academic collaborations are improving the lives of our patients in Innovation Impact Stories
  • See 70 examples of key achievements from across our partnership in our CAGraphics booklet.
We are developing solutions to the health needs of our local child population, focusing on diabetes, sickle cell disease and obesity. By integrating the care system of children’s services across Lambeth and Southwark, we will see new opportunities for research and education, leading to improved standards of care.
Professor Anil Dhawan, CAG Leader

Child Health Clinical Academic Group Leader

Professor Anil Dhawan, Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist and Clinical Director of Child Health, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust