Name and Position

Dr Richard Reading
Paediatrics (Community)

Contact Details

Main Telephone Number:01603 289930


Department page: Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital

Consultant Community Paediatrician and Named doctor for Safeguarding Children            

Specialities: Developmental paediatrics. Behavioural paediatrics, Childhood neurodisability, Safeguarding children and child maltreatment. Jenny Lind Departmental Research Lead.

Sub-speciality: Community Paediatrics

Special clinical interests: Child protection, Child development and disability, Behavioural Paediatrics, Feeding, Immunisation

Research interests:Epidemiology, Injury, Chronic childhood conditions, Evaluation of services, child maltreatment.

Co-Chairperson for the Paediatric Local Specialty Group for CRN-Eastern.

Secretary: Jane Ashton

Current membership(s) of professional National and Regional bodies: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, British Association of Community Child Health, Society for Social Medicine.

Chair of the Scientific Committee of the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit which has been carrying out surveillance of rare Paediatric Conditions in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for thirty years”.

Degrees & Universities:  BA Cambridge (1976), MB BChir Cambridge (1979), MRCP(UK) Royal College Physicians London (1983), FRCPCH Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (1997), MD Cambridge (1994).

GMC number: 2499484

Professional Expertise: I have experience in all aspects of community paediatrics. I am also the named doctor for safeguarding children for the NNUH. My professional expertise includes behavioural problems, neurodevelopmental problems, ADHD, Autism, Childhood neurodisability, assessment of all aspects of child abuse and maltreatment, multidisciplinary work with children who have complex and disabling disorders. I have involvement in national and international research work, particularly in injury prevention, surveillance methodology and child maltreatment.

Personal profile:  Married, two grown up children, main extra curricular obsession is cycling.