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Richard Reading


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Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

Child health and paediatrics; inequalities in health; childhood disability; immunisation; autism; cerebral palsy.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in paediatrics, particularly aspects relating to child development and disability, behavioural paediatrics, child protection and child public health.  Previously external examiner to MSc courses in child health at University College, London and Warwick University.  Member of Eastern Deanery community paediatric training committee.


1976  BA Cambridge University

1979  MB BChir Cambridge University

1983  MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians

1994  MD Cambridge University

1997  FRCPCH Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health


1993-present Consultant Paediatrician, Norwich Primary Care Trust

1993-1996  Honorary Lecturer, School of Social Work, UEA

1996-2007 Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, UEA

2008-present Honorary Reader in Child Health, School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, UEA

Professional Memberships

Fellow Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Member British Association of Community Child Health

Member Community Paediatric Research Group

General Medical Council, registration number 2499484


Research interests

Paediatric epidemiology

Health service research

Childhood injury

Child maltreatment

Children’s rights

Evaluation of complex child health interventions

Child mental health

Career summary

I have been a clinical and academic paediatrician since 1981. My training in both clinical paediatrics and child health research was mainly in Newcastle upon Tyne and Edinburgh, I moved to a clinical post in Norwich in 1993, and have been engaged in many research studies based at the UEA since then. Increasingly I have become involved in UK and international collaborations in the fields of childhood injury research, social inequity in child health, children’s rights and child maltreatment.


Key Research Interests

Childhood injury:

Ongoing analysis of the ALSPAC cohort to identify neighbourhood and household influences on child injury risk in association with Robin Haynes and Andy Jones (School of Environmental Sciences, UEA, and Alan Emond and Liz Towner (Universities of Bristol and of West England)

Multicentre NIHR programme study “Keeping Children Safe at Home” in association with Denise Kendrick (University of Nottingham), Liz Towner (University of West England), Elaine McColl (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), Alex Sutton (University of Leicester)

Child Maltreatment:

UK and Ireland national surveillance study of genital herpes in children under age 11 years with Geoff Debelle (Birmingham Children’s Hospital), Gwenda Hughes (Health Protection Agency), Jo Evans (Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital)

Forthcoming UK surveillance study on sexually transmitted infections in children under thirteen years with Karen Rogstat (University of Sheffield), Geoff Debelle (Birmingham Children’s Hospital), Gwenda Hughes (Health Protection Agency), Jo Evans (Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital)

Biennial review of serious case reviews (with Marian Brandon and Sue Bailey at School of Social Work, UEA and Peter Sidebotham, University of Warwick)

Recent international review of children’s rights and child maltreatment

Evaluation of health services:

Member of National Evaluation of Children’s Trusts Team

Child mental health:

Epidemiological survey of emotional and behavioural problems in Egyptian school children

UK and Ireland surveillance study of conversion disorder in children with Cornelius Ani (Imperial College) and Elena Garralda (St Georges Hospital London)


Selected publications

Reading R, Bissell S, Goldhagen J, Harwin J, Masson J, Moynihan S, Parton N, Santos Pais M, Thoburn J, Webb E. Promoting children’s rights and preventing child maltreatment. The Lancet 2009;373:332-343

Reading R, Jones A, Haynes R, Daras K, Emond A. Individual factors explain neighbourhood variations in accidents to children under age 5 years. Social Science & Medicine 2008;67:915-927

Reading R, Ranaan-Eliya Y. Evidence for sexual transmission of genital herpes in children. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2007;92:608-613 doi: 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being