Dr Barney Scholefield MBBS, BSc, MSc, MRCPCH, PhD

Consultant Paediatric Intensivist & Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences


Contact details

Perioperative, Anaesthesia and Critical Care Trials Group
University Hospital Birmingham
B15 2TH


Dr Barney Scholefield is a clinical academic researcher within the field of paediatric neuro-critical care. He is based as a consultant at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and works in partnership with the University of Birmingham’s Perioperative, Anaesthesia and Critical Care Trials (PACCT) Group.


  • PhD Medicine, Warwick University 2013
  • Master of Science in Critical Care, Cardiff University 2010
  • Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2003
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), Guy’s, Kings and St Thomas’ Hospital 2000
  • Bachelor of Science (Clinical Anatomy) 1997


Barney trained in Medicine at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ hospital, London. He followed a career in paediatric medicine, training in the West-Midlands, sub-specialising in paediatric critical care. During his training he followed a parallel academic and research training programme, undertaking an MSc at Cardiff University and a PhD in Medicine at Warwick. Both degrees focused on clinical research based in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. It was there that he took up a substantive consultant post in September 2012, working within a 50% academic and 50% clinical role.


His current research interests include:
1) Post cardiac arrest neuroprotective in children (eg. therapeutic hypothermia)
2) Prognostic value of neurophysiological monitoring (Cerebral Function Monitoring & EEG)
3) Advanced neuro-imaging (MRI/Spectroscopy)

He is the UK Chief Investigator for the Therapeutic Hypothermia after Paediatric Cardiac Arrest (THAPCA) study funded by the The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, USA. He has published peer-review articles on therapeutic hypothermia and feasibility of clinical trials. An enthusiastic teacher and communicator on the themes of hypothermia and post cardiac arrest management; lecturing widely at national and internationally level.

Other activities

Area of clinical expertise
Paediatric Intensive Care
Paediatric Critical Care Research and Clinical Trials
Paediatric Cardiac Intensive Care
Paediatric Neuro-Critical Care
Resuscitation and Post cardiac arrest management
Targeted temperature management for neuro-protection

Membership of Professional Bodies
British Medical Association
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Perioperative, Anaesthesia and Critical Care Trials Group, University of Birmingham
Paediatric Intensive Care Society, UK
Paediatric Intensive Care Society – Study Group (research)
European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM)
European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care(ESPNIC)
Founder member of the American Society of Hypothermic Medicine

Other interest
Keen outdoor sportsman competing in triathlons, running, hiking and cycling; now that rugby hurts too much.
Plays the Trombone and Piano in a band ‘The Ragedy Edge’
Finds a little spare time to be father to four brilliant children….


Scholefield BR, Perkins GD, Duncan HP, Gao F and Morris KP (2014) Should children who have a cardiac arrest be treated with therapeutic hypothermia? BMJ 348:f7672

Plunkett A, Maconochie I and Scholefield BR (2014) Towards global reporting of every paediatric cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 85(1):15-6

Scholefield BR and Clinton RO (2013) Push hard and fast, until I tell you not to. Resuscitation 84(8):1007-8

Scholefield B, Duncan H, Davies P, Gao Smith F, Khan K, Perkins GD and Morris K (2013) Hypothermia for neuroprotection in children after cardiopulmonary arrest. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2:CD009442

Scholefield BR, Lyttle MD, Berry K, Duncan HP and Morris KP (2013) Survey of the use of therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest in UK paediatric emergency departments. Emerg Med J 30(1):24-7

Scholefield BR and Bingham RM (2012) Cardiac arrest in infancy; is it always depressing? Resuscitation 83(5):541-2

Scholefield BR, Duncan HP and Morris KP (2010) Survey of the use of therapeutic hypothermia post cardiac arrest. Arch Dis Child 95(10):796-9

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