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Dr Amos Burke, Asociate director National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network for Children's Cancer and Leukaemia

Amos Burke graduated from Edinburgh University in 1991.  He made an early decision to commit to a career in Paediatrics and Child Health, completing his postgraduate specialist training in the South West of England, where he worked in a wide range of Paediatric sub-specialties and localities, including hospital based General and Acute Paediatrics, Paediatric Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care, in addition to community paediatrics in inner city areas, child and adolescent psychiatry and a spell as a school doctor.

He completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Child Health at the University of Nottingham in 1994, with a predominant emphasis on community child health, his project secured local funding for the management of behaviour problems in a multidisciplinary setting, taking the form of an “after school club”.

Since his appointment as a Consultant Paediatric Oncologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 2004 (now CUH) he has consistently combined the delivery of a high quality and demanding clinical practice with an onerous daytime and on-call commitment together with significant regional and national contributions in the fields of postgraduate education, clinical trials, recruitment,  governance and in fundraising.

As an Associate Director of the National Cancer Research Network, he was instrumental in the establishment of a paediatric leukaemia research forum, implementing the first national governance framework for the conduct of trials where care is shared across specialist and non-specialist Trusts.  His leadership of a new neuro-rehabilitation service for children with brain cancers (Brainbow) has become a national exemplar since it was launched in 2013 with >£1M charitable funds.  He has Chaired the Children’s Cancer Clinical Research Group and has shown exceptional research governance leadership as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network National Specialty lead. He led the process of gaining European accreditation to deliver early phase children’s cancer studies in Cambridge, where it is now possible to offer early phase studies to children with relapsed disease without the need to send them across the UK. This has a major positive impact on the children and their families. He  led in the achievement of gaining the International Organization for standardization Quality Management System ISO 9001:2000 accreditation through British Standards Institute for the delivery of care for children with cancer. This is the first and to our knowledge only such recognition for a Paediatric Oncology Centre in the UK. He remains research active, setting up collaborations, is in receipt of active grants and publishes regularly.


Teaching throughout his career: -  a long-standing accredited instructor in Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS), teaching courses for doctors and nurses in Paediatric Oncology, has held the position of Honorary Lecturer in Paediatric Oncology at the University of Bristol , organised the Paediatric Finals during his tenure as a Lecturer in Nottingham.   As  College Tutor for Paediatrics in Cambridge  he has successfully significantly increased trainee feedback scores and brought cohesion to the programme. He developed the service through non-medical role development. His educational roles continue as Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health examiner and Associate Lecturer.

edited on Apr 26, 2018 by (Account removed)
Monica Jacot

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Judith Glashen May 11, 2018

Congratulations Amos on your Windrush Nomination in recognition of all you have achieved and bring to advancing Paediatrics and Child Health - best wishes!


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Thabani Bafanah Jun 14, 2018

Congratulations Amos on winning being the CUH Windrush70 winner. Do continue to good work entrusted to you, and your ambassadorial work for the thousands that settled on these shores from the Windrush