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

Dr Barney Scholefield

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
NIHR Clinician Scientist & Honorary Consultant Paediatric Intensivist

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 and cardiac arrest resuscitation. He is based as an NIHR Clinician Scientist/ Senior Research Fellow within the University of Birmingham’s Perioperative, Anaesthesia and Critical Care Trials (PACCT) Group and works as a consultant in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Birmingham Children’s Hospital.


  • 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.

His post-doctoral research programme has been hosted at the University of Birmingham whilst working since 2012 as a consultant in the Paediatric Intensive Care at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. In 2017 he commenced a five year, NIHR funded Clinician Scientist Fellowship continuing his research into prognosis and treatment of children after cardiac arrest.


His current research interests include:

  1. Early prognostic modelling of neurodevelopmental outcome for children after cardiac arrest
  2. Post cardiac arrest neuroprotective interventions in children (eg. therapeutic hypothermia)
  3. Prognostic value of neurophysiological monitoring (Cerebral Function Monitoring & EEG)
  4. Pre-hospital resuscitation research
  5. Paediatric critical care pragmatic trials

He holds an NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship award for the NEUROdevelopmental Prognosis After Cardiac arrest in Kids programme (NEUROPACK study). He is the current elected chair of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society Study Group (PICS-SG) leading UK wide collaborations in paediatric critical care trials.

He was recently the UK Chief Investigator for the Therapeutic Hypothermia after Paediatric Cardiac Arrest (THAPCA) study funded by 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 interests
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….


Moler FW, Silverstein FS, Holubkov R, Slomine BS, Christensen JR, Nadkarni VM, Meert KL, Browning B, Pemberton VL, Page K, Gildea MR, Scholefield BR, Shankaran S, Hutchison JS, Berger JT, Ofori-Amanfo G, Newth CJ, Topjian A, Bennett KS, Koch JD, Pham N, Chanani NK, Pineda JA, Harrison R, Dalton HJ, Alten J, Schleien CL, Goodman DM, Zimmerman JJ, Bhalala US, Schwarz AJ, Porter MB, Shah S, Fink EL, McQuillen P, Wu T, Skellett S, Thomas NJ, Nowak JE, Baines PB, Pappachan J, Mathur M, Lloyd E, van der Jagt EW, Dobyns EL, Meyer MT, Sanders RC Jr, Clark AE, Dean JM; THAPCA Trial Investigators.. Therapeutic Hypothermia after In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Children. N Engl J Med. 2017 Jan 26;376(4):318-329. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1610493. PubMed PMID: 28118559

Scholefield BR, Gao F, Duncan HP, Tasker RC, Parslow RC, Draper ES, McShane P, Davies P, Morris KP. Observational study of children admitted to United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Paediatric Intensive Care Units after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2015 Dec;97:122-8.

Scholefield BR, Morris KP, Duncan HP, Perkins GD, Gosney J, Skone R, Sanders V, Gao F. Evolution, safety and efficacy of targeted temperature management after pediatric cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2015 Jul;92:19-25

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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