Professor Damian Roland

Honorary Professor

Department: SAPPHIRE Group, Health Sciences, Department of



Prof. Damian Roland is an experienced Paediatric Emergency Medicine clinician scientist with considerable experience in the development of educational resources and their evaluation especially e-health technologies. He has an international profile in the utilization of scoring systems to improve the recognition of ill and injured children in emergency and acute care settings. The Paediatric Observation Priority Score developed by Prof. Roland is highlighted by the Intercollegiate Committee on Standards of Care for Children and Young People in emergency settings. He has a strong interest in Social Media as a means of Knowledge Translation using the twitter account @damian_roland (15000+ followers) and blog He has strong connections with both the Royal Colleges of Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics and Child Health and sits on the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Advisory Group for both organisations. As head of service of Children’s Emergency Department of the Leicester Royal Infirmary he is already well placed to move forward initiatives with the local integrated care system.


Identification of Sick Children in Acute Care Settings

Scoring Systems in Children's Acute and Emergency Care 

Social Media as a means of Knowledge Translation

Evaluation of methods to assess training and educational interventions


Link to publications 




Stilwell PA, Munro APS, Basatemur E, Da Camera T, Harwood R and Roland D. Bibliography of published COVID-19 in children literature Archives of Disease in Childhood Published Online First: 06 May 2021. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2021-321751

Reeves A, Auerbach M, Kou M, Sanseau E, Hamann M & Roland D Bridging the language gap for simulation resources BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning Published Online First: 22 March 2021. doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2020-000764

Rowland A, Cotterill S, Heal C, Roland D Observational cohort study with internal and external validation of a predictive tool for identification of children in need of hospital admission from the emergency department: the Paediatric Admission Guidance in the Emergency Department (PAGE) score BMJ Open 2020;10:e043864. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043864

Roland D, Stilwell PA, Fortune P, et al Case for change: a standardised inpatient paediatric early warning system in England Archives of Disease in Childhood Published Online First: 08 January 2021. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2020-320466

Wheway J, Stilwell PA, Cook A, Roland D A preimplementation survey for a standardised approach to paediatric early warning systems Archives of Disease in Childhood 2021;106:620-622.

Gomes S, Wood D, Ayis S, Roland D et al Evaluation of a novel approach to recognising community-acquired paediatric sepsis at ED triage by combining an electronic screening algorithm with clinician assessment Emergency Medicine Journal 2021;38:132-138.

Buonsenso D, Roland D, Abela N, Shanmugavadivel D, Platt R, Davis T; DFTB Skin Deep core team. Time to improve the diversity of paediatric skin images. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2020 Nov;4(11):e44. doi: 10.1016/S2352-4642(20)30303-5. PMID: 33068551.

Roland D, Teo KW, Bandi S, et al COVID-19 is not a driver of clinically significant viral wheeze and asthma Archives of Disease in Childhood 2021;106:e22.

Heal C, Cotterill S, Rowland AG, Garret N, Long T, Brown S, O’Connor G, Rishton C, Woby S & Roland D. Inter-rater reliability of paediatric emergency assessment: physiological and clinical features Archives of Disease in Childhood 2021;106:149-153.

Waterfield T, Maney JA, Fairley D, Roland D et al. Validating clinical practice guidelines for the management of children with non-blanching rashes in the UK (PiC): a prospective, multicentre cohort study. The Lancet. Infectious Diseases. 2020 Nov. DOI: 10.1016/s1473-3099(20)30474-6.



Scoring systems in Children's Emergency Care


MSc - Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Press and media

Able to provide information on


Children's Emergency Department care

Utilisation of Health Services by Children

Social Media use in Medicine


Prof. Roland has undertaken formal media training for both Television and Radio. 

Media coverage

"A&Es 'overwhelmed' by children with mild winter viruses, doctors warn" BBC June 2021 

"How do you treat a child with fever" The Doctor who gave up drugs, BBC One, 2018 


BMedSci (1st Class) Nottingham 1999

BMBS Nottingham 2001

PhD Leicester 2013


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