Consultant Paediatrician/Senior Lecturer in Child Health
Leicester City Community Health Services/University of Leicester
Dr Monica Lakhanpaul works as a Consultant Paediatrician for the inner-city Leicester area. Much of her clinical work involves working with children and families with multi-ethnic backgrounds from underprivileged areas; this has inspired her to start such groups as the South Asian Health Foundation Children's Working Group to specifically research and advocate for children's needs in minority communities. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Children's Health at the University of Leicester and has a particular interest in the transfer of knowledge into clinical practice. She is a national and international expert in the creation and implementation of guidelines in healthcare. She has been instrumental in creating guidelines commissioned by NICE having previously been the founding Child Health Clinical Director for the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children's Health. She has also demonstrated her commitment to evidence-based practice by her national positions, such as her membership of the NHS Evidence Advisory Committee and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Quality Standards Committee. She is currently a member of the Leicester NIHR funded ‘Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC),' working with primary care and hospital trusts to identify ways of improving guideline implementation.
As a NICE Fellow, Dr Lakhanpaul will further pursue her advocacy for children's needs. Her main focus will be to map out key individuals who hold a stake in influencing and improving the quality of children's healthcare to strengthen collaborative working and to make interfacing easier and more fluid. She wants to work with the team involved in the quality standards initiative and with the NICE international team to further her work in guideline execution on a national and international level. She would also like to work with NICE to resolve some ongoing issues such as the controversial licensing of medicines for children which, if resolved, could have a great influence on the future of health for children in the UK.
This page was last updated: 23 March 2010