Dr Ffion Davies

Ffion DaviesHonorary Senior Lecturer

Emergency Department
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Infirmary Square
Leicester, LE1 5WW

Tel: +44 (0)116 258 5812
Email: ffion.davies@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

For general enquiries please email the Group Secretary, Elizabeth Cadman-Moore, or telephone +44 (0)116 258 5965

Personal details

  • MB BCh - University of Leicester - 1990
  • FCEM - Royal College of Emergency Medicine - 1998

I was initially appointed as Consultant in Emergency Medicine with a special interest in Paediatric Emergency Medicine in 2003 in Leicester, and prior to that, at the Royal London Hospital, 1999.

  • Paediatric advisor to the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) Training Standards Committee (approval of training sites, trainers, specialist registration of consultants), 2010-15
  • Chair of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine Paediatric EM Interest Group 2011-16 and Lead Author for the development of international standards of care for children in EDs (available in English, Chinese and Spanish) http://www.ifem.cc
  • Medical Advisor to the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (SADS awareness and public CPR/AED training www.jhmt.org )
  • Medical Advisor to The Children’s Air Ambulance charity
  • UHL Liaison doctor for the Leicester Tigers rugby first XV



My main interests are:

  • implementation of research and guidelines, policy advice to bodies such as NHS England, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • education of non-paediatric nurses, doctors and ambulance staff to make them more confident and competent with children

I was the main clinical developer of the international award-winning eLearning resource www.spottingthesickchild.com

I also have an interest in workforce development, primary care and streaming within Emergency Departments.


Davies F. Elective Hints: Japan. MDU Review Autumn 1990;4-5.

Davies F. Minamata Disease: a 1989 update on the mercury poisoning epidemic in Japan. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 1991;13:35-38.

Davies F, Luke LC, Burdett-Smith P. Patients’ Understanding of Tetanus Immunisation. Journal of Accident and Emergency Medicine 1996;13(4):272-273.

Davies F. Detection of aluminium ring pulls. Letter. Journal of Accident and Emergency Medicine 1996;13(2):151.

Davies F. What patients know about tetanus vaccine (short report). Nursing Times 1996;92(46):12.

Davies F, Geary U, Soulsby T and Good AMT. How we did it: the development of a specialist registrar training programme by the Mersey Accident and Emergency Trainees’ Association. J Accid Emerg Med 1997;14(5):321-324.

Davies F and Waters MR. Oral midazolam for the conscious sedation of children undergoing minor procedures in the A&E department. J Accid Emerg Med 1998;15(4):244-249.

Gray CM, Davies F and Molyneux EM. Apparent Life-Threatening Events presenting to a pediatric A&E Department. Pediatric Emergency Care, 1999;15(3):195-9.

Davies F. The Future of Paediatric A&E Services. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 2000;93:484-486 (editorial).

Davies F. Paediatric Emergency Medicine: do we need George Clooney? Emerg Med Journal, 2001;18(3):157-159 (editorial).

Davies F. Gupta R. Apparent life threatening events in infants presenting to an emergency department. Emerg Med Journal19(1):11-6, 2002.

Babl FE, Weiner DL, Bhanji F, Davies F, Berry K, Barnett P. Advanced training in  Pediatric Emergency Medicine in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia: international comparison and resources guide. Annals of Emergency Medicine.Vol 45(3):269-275, 2005.

B Loryman, F Davies, G Chavada, and T Coats. Consigning "brutacaine" to history: a survey of pharmacological techniques to facilitate painful procedures in children in emergency departments in the UK. Emerg. Med. J., Nov 2006; 23: 838 - 840.

Services for Children in Emergency Departments. Recommendations of the Intercollegiate Committee for Services for Children in Emergency Departments, publ. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, May 2007. Chair of Committee.

F Davies. Can UK Emergency Departments Serve Our Children Better? Emerg Med J 2007; 24:689

Vorwerk C, Davies F Assessment tool for patients with mental health needs in the Emergency Department improves risk identification and documentation. EMJ 2007;24(10):A8

Vorwerk C, Pillai V, Ng G, Davies F. Lactate as a Predictor of Hospital Admission and Length of Stay in Emergency Department Children. South African Medical Journal, 97(9) 871, Sept 2007

F Davies. Children in UK Emergency Departments. Arch Dis Child 2008;93:194-195

F Davies. Recognising the Sick Child. General Practice Update 2008; 1(5):51-54.

F Davies. Book Review: Growing Pains (Paediatric Emergency Care in the USA), EMJ March 2009.

P Telfer, J Criddle, J Sandell, F Davies, I Morrison, J Challands. Intranasal diamorphine for acute sickle cell pain. Arch Dis Child 2009;94:979-980

L Walton, F Davies. Nasal bleeding and non-accidental injury in an infant. Arch Dis Child 2010;95:53-54

Manias KA, Davies FC, Vorwerk C, Dasanjh GS, Photiou A, Hydes P. Survey of neonatal resuscitation equipment in emergency departments in the UK. Emerg Med J  2010;27:739-741

Roland, Wahl, Lakhanpaul, Blackwell and Davies. Using audio-visual patient recordings to promote guideline adherence. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg July 1, 2010 vol. 143 no. 1 suppl 56-57

F Davies. Emergency Radiology: book review. Emerg Med J 2011;28:85.

Roland D, Wahl H, Lakhanpaul M, Blackwell N, Davies F. British Medical Journal careers, Education by Video, 12 Feb 2011: 54-55

Roland D, Davies F, Lewis G. Determining the effect of objective and subjective criteria on a risk assessment tool in a Children’s Emergency Department Emerg Med J 2011;28:A12-13

Vorwerk C, Manias K, Davies F, Coats T. Prediction of severe bacterial infection in children with an emergency department diagnosis of infection. Emerg Med J 2011;28:948-951.

Maguire SRanmal RKomulainen SPearse SMaconochie ILakhanpaul MDavies FKai JStephenson TRCPCH Fever Project Board. Which urgent care services do febrile children use and why? Arch Dis Child. 2011 Sep;96(9):810-6.

Davies FC, Cass H. A patient survey for emergency care designed by children, for children. Arch Dis Child. 2013 Apr;98(4):247

Davies FC, Clancy M. Surveying child patients in emergency care is possible

Emerg Med J Emerg Med J 2014;31:262 doi:10.1136/emermed-2013-202680J

Knapp S, Davies F. What is the significance of a ‘boggy’ (soft) scalp haematoma in head-injured children? Emerg Med J 2014;31:78-79 doi:10.1136/emermed-2013-203411.1

D Roland, F Davies, T Coats The Paediatric Observation and Priority Score (POPS): Outcomes of 24,000 patients. Arch Dis Child 2014;99:A24 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-307384.77

Davies FC, Newton T. Paediatric Emergency Medicine consultant provision in the UK: are we there yet? Archives of Disease in Childhood 2015 100/11(1016-1017) doi 0.1136/archdischild-2015-308952

Davies FC, Cheema B, Carley SD. Innovation in the field of medical-conference-based education: a new marketplace. Emerg Med J. 2015 doi: 10.1136/emermed-2015-204718. EMJ 2015; 32(10):756-758

Ffion C Davies, Timothy J Coats, Ross Fisher, Thomas Lawrence and Fiona E Lecky. A profile of suspected child abuse as a subgroup of major trauma patients Emerg Med J 2015 32: 921-925 doi: 10.1136/emermed-2015-205285

RolandLewis G, Rowlands R, Davidson E, Davies F. Female perineal injuries in children and adolescents presenting to a paediatric emergency department Emerg Med J

Jan 2016, vol. 33, no. 1, p. 73-75 doi:10.1136/emermed-2014-204259 EMJ

Roland, D., McCaffery, K. and Davies, F., 2016. Scoring systems in paediatric emergency care: Panacea or paper exercise? Journal of paediatrics and child health, 52(2), pp. 181-186.

Publications as Principle Site Investigator (University Hospitals of Leicester) on behalf of PERUKI (Paediatric Emergency Research network for the UK & Ireland)

The accuracy of existing prehospital triage tools for injured children in England: an analysis using ED data. Emergency Medicine Journal.


What are the Research Priorities of Paediatric Emergency Medicine Clinicians in the United Kingdom & Ireland? An International Survey. Abstract presented at RCPCH Conference, April 2014.


Variation in treatment of acute childhood wheeze
in emergency departments of the United Kingdom and Ireland: an international survey of clinician practice. Lyttle MD, et al. Arch Dis Child 2014;0:1–5. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-306591

Which intravenous bronchodilators are being administered to children presenting with acute severe wheeze in the UK and Ireland? I Morris,1 M D Lyttle,2,3 R O’Sullivan,4 N Sargant,2 I J M Doull,5 C V E Powell,1,6 on behalf of the PERUKI network. Thorax 2014;0:1–4. doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2014-206041

Establishing the research priorities of paediatric emergency medicine clinicians in the UK and Ireland. Stuart Hartshorn,1 Ronan O’Sullivan,2,3 Ian K Maconochie,4 Catherine Bevan,5 Francesca Cleugh,4 Mark D Lyttle, on behalf of PERUKI.

Psychosocial care for injured children: worldwide survey among hospital emergency staff. Alisic E, Hoysted C, et al. J Peds http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.10.067

Other publications:

• Article re common childhood illnesses, Practical Parenting magazine, September 2008 edition.
• Article on fitting children. EMAS newsletter, October 2008.
• Birth to Five Years: Department of Health (booklet given free to every pregnant woman in England). Accidents section rewritten by me, reviewer of other sections. Publ DOH October 2008.
• Article on first aid. Men’s Health magazine, December 2008.
• College of Emergency Medicine Clinical Effectiveness Committee guideline on Safeguarding Children (co-author) 2009
• PEM Today – online research update for paediatric emergency medicine specialists worldwide, contributor to issues Oct 2009, Jan 2010
• NHS Evidence – Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Feb 2010
• Fever in Children under 5: result of an audit by RCPCH, RCGP and CEM on behalf of the Dept of Health (Eng) published April 2010 (member of project group and contributor to final report)
• Member of working group to rewrite The Way Ahead 2008, strategy document of the College of Emergency Medicine
• An audit of Fever in Children Under 5 Years – joint DOH / RCGP / RCPCH / CEM published April 2010, RCPCH. Member of project board
• Advice for Paramedics: how to spot the really sick child. F Davies. Journal of Paramedic Practice 2010;2(9):398-400

The sick child: reducing margin for error. F Davies. Clin Serv Journal Jan 2011:55-59

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