Professor Damian Roland

Honorary Professor

School/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 Publication





Camporesi, A.; Morello, R.; Ferro, V.; Pierantoni, L.; Rocca, A.; Lanari, M.; Trobia, G.L.; Sciacca, T.; Bellinvia, A.G.; De Ferrari, A.; Valentini, P.; Roland, D.; Buonsenso, D. Epidemiology, Microbiology and Severity of Bronchiolitis in the First Post-Lockdown Cold Season in Three Different Geographical Areas in Italy: A Prospective, Observational StudyChildren 20229, 491.


Hudson LD, Chapman S, Street KN, Nicholls D, Roland D et al Increased admissions to paediatric wards with a primary mental health diagnosis: results of a survey of a network of eating disorder paediatricians in England Archives of Disease in Childhood 2022;107:309-310.


Tolhurst-Cleaver M, Evans J, Waterfield T, Adamson J, Marlow R, Lyttle D & Roland D Periorbital and orbital cellulitis in children: a survey of emergency physicians and analysis of clinical practice guidelines across the PERUKI network Emergency Medicine Journal Published Online First: 09 March 2022. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2021-211713


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 2022;107:168-172


Aldridge P, Wilson S, Roland D, et al Impact of COVID-19 on paediatric emergency department attendances at four English hospitals BMJ Paediatrics Open 2022;6:e001345. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2021-001345


Buonsenso D, Liu JF, Shanmugavadivel D, Davis T, Roland D. Impact of Diversity in Training Resources on Self-Confidence in Diagnosing Skin Conditions Across a Range of Skin Tones: An International Survey. Front Pediatr. 2022 Feb 25;10:837552.


Allen D, Lloyd A, Edwards D, Hood K, Huang C, Hughes J, Jacob N, Lacy D, Moriarty Y, Oliver A, Preston J, Sefton G, Sinha I, Skone R, Strange H, Taiyari K, Thomas-Jones E, Trubey R, Tume L, Powell C, Roland D. Development, implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based paediatric early warning system improvement programme: the PUMA mixed methods study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Jan 2;22(1):9.


Yang Y, Lo DK, Beardsmore C, Roland D, Richardson M, Davers L, Wilson A and Gaillard E. Implementing spirometry and fractional exhaled nitric oxide testing in childhood asthma management in UK primary care: an observational study to examine training and implementation cost and impact on patient’s health use and outcome Archives of Disease in Childhood 2022;107:21-25


Dougherty H, Eisen S, Fraser LK, Gomes S, Roland D. Piloting a registry for paediatric sepsis: The PoRPoiSe study. J Paediatr Child Health. 2022 Jan 20. doi: 10.1111/jpc.15873. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35060658.


Pandey M, Lyttle MD, Cathie K, Munro A, Waterfield T, Roland D; GAPRUKI, PERUKI. Point-of-care testing in Paediatric settings in the UK and Ireland: a cross-sectional study. BMC Emerg Med. 2022 Jan 11;22(1):6.


Lo D, Beardsmore C, Roland D, Richardson M, Yang Y, Danvers L, Wilson A, Gaillard EA. Risk factors for asthma attacks and poor control in children: a prospective observational study in UK primary care. Arch Dis Child. 2022 Jan;107(1):26-31


Bearer CF, Roland D, Molloy EJ. Value of children in our world. Pediatr Res. 2022 Jan 13. doi: 10.1038/s41390-021-01609-0. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35027680.


Cabrera D, Nickson CP, Roland D, Hall E, Ankel F Distributed Autonomous Organization of Learning: Future Structure for Health Professions Education Institutions JMIR Med Educ 2022;8(1):e28770




Rose K, Bressan S, Honeyford K, Bognar Z, Buonsenso D, Da Dalt L, De T, Farrugia R, Parri N, Oostenbrink R, Maconochie I, Moll H, Roland D, Titomanlio L, Nijman R. Responses of paediatric emergency departments to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe: a cross-sectional survey study. BMJ Paediatrics Open. 2021 Dec;5(1):e001269. DOI: 10.1136/bmjpo-2021-001269.


Bielicki JA, Stöhr W, Barratt S, Dunn D, Naufal N, Roland D, Sturgeon K, Finn A, Rodriguez-Ruiz J, Malhotra-Kumar S, Powell C, Faust S, Alcock Anastasia, Hall D, Robinson G, Hawcutt D, Lyttle D, Gibb D, Sharland M for the PERUKI, GAPRUKI and the CAP-IT trial group.  Effect of Amoxicillin Dose and Treatment Duration on the Need for Antibiotic Re-treatment in Children With Community-Acquired Pneumonia: The CAP-IT Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA. 2021;326(17):1713–1724. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.17843


Waterfield T, Lyttle MD, Munday C, Foster S, McNulty M, Platt R, Barrett M, Rogers E, Durnin S, Jameel N, Maney J-A, McGinn C, McFetridge L, Mitchell H, Puthucode D and Roland D.  On behalf of Paediatric Emergency Research in the UK and Ireland (PERUKI). Validating clinical practice guidelines for the management of febrile infants presenting to the emergency department in the UK and Ireland Archives of Disease in Childhood Published Online First: 16 September 2021. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2021-322586


Bressan, Silviaa; Klassen, Terry; Dalziel, Stuart; Babl, Franz E; Benito, Javier;Chamberlain, Jamesn; Chang, Todd; Freedman, Stephen; Kohn Loncarica, Guillermos; Lyttle, Mark D; Mintegi, Santiagol; Mistry, Rakesh D; Nigrovic, Lise E.; Plint, Amy C; Rino, Pedros; Roland, D et al.The Pediatric Emergency Research Network: a decade old and growing European Journal of Emergency Medicine: October 2021 - Volume 28 - Issue 5 - p 341-343 doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000847


Roland D, Wolfe I, Klaber RE, et al Final warning on the need for integrated care systems in acute paediatrics Archives of Disease in Childhood 2022;107:e9


Ramgopal, S., Colgan, J.Y., Roland, D. et al. Brief resolved unexplained events: a new diagnosis, with implications for evaluation and management. Eur J Pediatr (2021).


Neill, S, Carter, R, Jones, R, Roland D, Bayes N, Tavare A, Hughes J, Turner T, Cynoweth J, Tan C, Moll H, Lakhanpaul M. Caring for a sick or injured child during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020 in the UK: an online survey of parents' experiences. Health Expect. 2021; 1- 11.


Roland, D., Davis, T., Goldstein, H., Hall, D., Lawton, B., Platt, R., Priddis, K., Tagg, A. and (2021), Gender equity in free open access medical education. Clin Teach, 18: 571-571.


Roland D, Thoma B, Tagg A, et al. What Are the Real-World Podcast-Listening Habits of Medical Professionals? Cureus 13(7): e16240 2021 doi:10.7759/cureus.16240


Milne-Ives M, Neill S, Bayes N, Blair M, Blewitt J, Bray L, Carrol E, Carter B, Dawson R, Dimitri P, Lakhanpaul M, Roland D, Tavare A, Meinert E, ASK SNIFF Consortium

Impact of Digital Educational Interventions to Support Parents Caring for Acutely Ill Children at Home and Factors That Affect Their Use: Protocol for a Systematic Review

JMIR Res Protoc 2021;10(6):e27504


Klassen T, Dalziel SR, Babl FE, Benito J, Bressan S, Chamberlain J, Chang TP, Freedman SB, Kohn-Loncarica G, Lyttle MD, Mintegi S, Mistry RD, Nigrovic LE, Oostenbrink R, Plint AC, Rino P, Roland D, Van De Mosselaer G, Kuppermann N. The Pediatric Emergency Research Network: A Decade of Global Research Cooperation in Pediatric Emergency Care. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2021 Jun 3. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000002466. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34091572.


Keir A, Bamat N, Hennebry B, King B, Patel R, Wright C, Scrivens A, ElKhateeb 0, Mitra S & Roland D (2021) Building a community of practice through social media using the hashtag #neoEBM. PLoS ONE 16(5): e0252472.


Snelson E, Roland D, Munro APS Throat and ear infections in children: URTI in the time of COVID-19 Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice 2021;106:172-174.


Southgate G, Harmer MJ, Hewitson R, Livesey H, Longbottom K, Yassaee A, Roland D & Pryde K Safeguarding should be a key outcome measure when evaluating video consultations in paediatrics J Paediatr Child Health 2021  57: 766-767.



Kakleas K, Farah A, Roland D Utilisation and accuracy of the emergency care data set in children with food allergy and anaphylaxis Emergency Medicine Journal Published Online First: 09 March 2021. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2020-209448


Evans J, Murch H, Begley R, Roland D et al Mortality in adolescent trauma: a comparison of children’s, mixed and adult major trauma centres Emergency Medicine Journal 2021;38:488-494


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


Elwan MH, Edwards SL, Hassanein M, Roland D et al COVID-19 monthly top five Emergency Medicine Journal 2021;38:319-321.


Buonsenso D, Roland D, De Rose C, Vásquez-Hoyos P, Ramly B, Chakakala-Chaziya JN, Munro A, González-Dambrauskas S. Schools closures during the COVID19 Pandemic: A Catastrophic Global Situation. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2021 Jan 12. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000003052. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33464019.


Perry D, Gibson P, Roland D, Messahel S. What level of immobilisation is necessary for treatment of torus (buckle) fractures of the distal radius in children? BMJ 2021; 372 :m4862


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.


Edwards S, Roland D. Fifteen-minute consultation: Assessing the child with an elbow injury Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice 2021;106:78-87


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.



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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