RCPCH webinar: Changing times in Paediatric Respiratory Infections

Lower respiratory tract infection is one of the commonest causes of paediatric hospital admission and ED attendance. The last few years have seen dramatic changes in circulating viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens as well as the publication of new evidence on antibiotic treatment of community-acquired lower respiratory tract infections. This webinar will review the data alongside the management of complex pneumonia. In addition, it will focus on pneumonia as a presenting feature of immunodeficiency or other chronic condition and how to identify these patients.


  • Dr Alison Kent

Date of Recording

July 5, 2023

Available Until

July 4, 2024

Learning Outcomes:

1) Delegates will understand the management of respiratory infections in children:

2) Increased awareness of Antibiotics –which children, which antibiotics and for how long?

3) Understand the management of complex pneumonia: recommendations for investigation & management in the context of increased Group A streptococcal infections

4) Understand how to identify children with predisposing factors for severe or unusual respiratory infections

We would be very grateful for your feedback on this webinar – the survey should take no longer than 3-4 minutes to complete. Thank you.

Additional resources

Contact details:

Dr Alison Kent: Alison.kent5@nhs.net

Useful links:

National paediatric antimicrobial guideline: https://uk-pas.co.uk/Antimicrobial-Paediatric-Summary-UKPAS.pdf

Related resources

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  • Dr Alison Kent

    Locum Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

    I am a paediatric infectious diseases (PID) consultant at St Mary’s Hospital looking after children with unusual and severe infections and providing advice to referring hospitals across a large geographocal area. I have recently analysed data from the national survey of Group A streptococcal respiratory infections and complications during the 2022/23 iGAS surge. In addition to my PID training in London I have worked in Tanzania providing clinical care and conducting research on severe infections. I completed my MD(res) on optimising pneumococcal vaccination schedules in infants at St George’s, University of London.

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