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Dr Kamal Patel

Dr Kamal Patel

Dr Kamal Patel (MBBS MRCPCH MSc)

Course Leader, Paediatrics and Child Health
Location: The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Level 6, Eastern Rd, Brighton BN2 5BE

Programme Administrator (Paediatrics and Child Health): Emily McLean-Inglis 
E: (for programme related matters)

Area of expertise: Clinical paediatrics - specialising in critical care, emergency medicine, safeguarding assessments, end of life care, and paediatric CFS/ME and general paediatrics 

Research areas: Recently active: Paediatric Acute Non-Invasive Ventilation. Bronchiolitis. Paediatric CFS/ME. Interests: QI, Safety, Gen Paeds

Other relevant positions: Module Lead MDM158 – Acute & Emergency Paediatrics 



Dr Kamal Patel works full time as a Consultant Paediatrician at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton. He is the Clinical Lead for Level 2 Paediatric Critical Care where he developed the unit’s expertise in paediatric acute non-invasive ventilation leading to 2 national innovation and safety awards in 2016 and the KSS leadership award in quality and safety in 2017.

Dr Patel has always been an enthusiast for holistic care, which has led him to develop expertise in several complementary and alternative medicine approaches, paediatric CFS/ME (having run the only specialist clinic in KSS 2004-2011) and end of life care in non-oncology cases. Kamal’s interests are very varied within paediatrics, as well as art and music.

Dr Patel trained in London for both undergraduate and postgraduate medicine, specialising in paediatrics from 1991.


Dr Patel enjoys the challenge of incorporating clinical research into his busy full time clinical work as lead for Level 2 Paediatric Critical Care and supervising medical students and junior doctors in their research. He has focused mainly on acute non-invasive ventilation during the last five years. 



Dr Patel has always been passionate about education and his roles as supervisor – both clinical and educational – to junior doctors of all grades. He has had the pleasure of working in a paediatric department that was voted as best training unit in KSS 2018 and at BSMS, which was the highest scoring medical school in the 2017 National Student Survey.

In 2018 Dr Patel became only the fourth UK Consultant to become ESPNIC accredited Paediatric Acute NIV Instructor. He enjoys the challenge of providing excellent teaching, mentoring and role modelling in his daily work. This is reflected in providing the first 'flipped classroom' approach to a clinical module in South East England, as module lead for MDM 158 Acute & Emergency Paediatrics.

Selected publications


Paessler, A. Ironton, H. Fowler, K. Patel, K. 2022, Identifying children presenting with burns associated with concerns about lack of supervision or neglect: a single centre retrospective review. The 9th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies -EAPS 2022

Ironton, H. Paessler, A. Fowler, K.  Patel, K. 2022, The importance of a multidisciplinary review in identifying paediatric burns suspicious of inflicted injury, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

McCormack, S. Welland, T. Patel, K. Smith, C. 2022, A systematic review of the benefits and complications of the blended diet for enteral tube feeding in young people.  British Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition annual meeting.

Cave, K. Patel, K. 2020, Retrospective review of the failure rates of non-invasive ventilation on a paediatric high dependency unit, The 8th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies - EAPS 2020.

2018 Paediatric Intensive Care Soc. UK Annual meeting Bristol:  Early Discharge in Bronchiolitis from level 2 Paediatric Critical Care is Safe & Possible. S. Mills & K.Patel

2017 European Soc. Of Paediatric & Neonatal intensive Care Annual meeting Lisbon: To determine if 3L/kg/min HHHFNC is safe and tolerated in the management of severe bronchiolitis children aged 0-2 years. R.Derrick, P. Alport & K.Patel

2017 Paediatric Intensive Care Soc. UK Annual meeting Nottingham: How did a standalone Paediatric HDU safely introduce Non-Invasive Ventilation for Bronchiolitis since 2014? K.Patel


2015 Clinical & Experimental Dermatology. Children with dermatological conditions admitted to paediatric intensive care: analysis of a national clinical audit databaseS. M. C. George,S. M. Sen, D. A. Harrison, P. McShane, K. Patel, C. R. Darley