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

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.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-6198-4985


  • 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….


Recent publications


Deeks, J, Dinnes, J, Takwoingi, Y, Davenport, C, Spijker, R, Taylor-Phillips, S, Adriano, A, Beese, S, Dretzke, J, Ferrante di Ruffano, L, Harris, B, Price, M, Dittrich, S, Emperador, D, Hooft, L, Leeflang, MMG, Van De Bruel, A, McInnes, MDF, Stuyf, T, Domen, J, Horn, S, Yang, B, Langendam, M, Ochodo, E, Guleid, F, Holtman, G, Verbakel, J, Wang, J, Stegeman, I, Salameh , JP, McGrath , TA, van der Pol , CB, Frank , RA, Prager , R, Hare , SS, Dennie , C, Jenniskens, K, Korevaar , DA, Cohen , JF, van de Wijgert, J, Damen , JAAG, Agarwal, R, Baldwin, S, Berhane, S, Herd, C, Kristunas, C, Quinn, L & Scholefield, B 2020, 'Antibody tests for identification of current and past infection with SARS-CoV-2', Cochrane Library, vol. 2020, no. 6, CD013652. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD013652

Rowberry, T, Kanthimathinathan, HK, George, F, Notghi, L, Gupta, R, Bill, P, Wassmer, E, Duncan, HP, Morris, KP & Scholefield, BR 2020, 'Implementation and Early Evaluation of a Quantitative Electroencephalography Program for Seizure Detection in the PICU', Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 543-549. https://doi.org/10.1097/PCC.0000000000002278

Davies, P, Evans, C, Kanthimathinathan, HK, Lillie, J, Brierley, J, Waters, G, Johnson, M, Griffiths, B, du Pré, P, Mohammad, Z, Deep, A, Playfor, S, Singh, D, Inwald, D, Jardine, M, Ross, O, Shetty, N, Worrall, M, Sinha, R, Koul, A, Whittaker, E, Vyas, H, Scholefield, BR & Ramnarayan, P 2020, 'Intensive care admissions of children with paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2 (PIMS-TS) in the UK: a multicentre observational study', The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(20)30215-7

EU PARK-PICU Collaborators 2020, 'Mobilization practices in critically ill children: a European point prevalence study (EU PARK-PICU)', Critical care (London, England), vol. 24, no. 1, 368, pp. 368. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13054-020-02988-2

Grudzinska, F, Brodlie, M, Scholefield, B, Jackson, T, Scott, A, Thickett, D & Sapey, E 2020, 'Neutrophils in community-acquired pneumonia: parallels in dysfunction at the extremes of age', Thorax, vol. 75, no. 2, pp. 164-171. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-212826

Ramcharan, T, Nolan, O, Lai, CY, Prabhu, N, Krishnamurthy, R, Richter, AG, Jyothish, D, Kanthimathinathan, HK, Welch, SB, Hackett, S, Al-Abadi, E, Scholefield, BR & Chikermane, A 2020, 'Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome: Temporally Associated with SARS-CoV-2 (PIMS-TS): Cardiac Features, Management and Short-Term Outcomes at a UK Tertiary Paediatric Hospital', Pediatric Cardiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00246-020-02391-2

Manning, JC, Scholefield, BR, Popejoy, E, Dodds, E & Latour, JM 2020, 'Paediatric intensive care follow-up provision in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland', Nursing in critical care. https://doi.org/10.1111/nicc.12510

McDevitt, W, Rowberry, TA, Davies, P, Bill, PR, Notghi, LM, Morris, K & Scholefield, B 2019, 'The prognostic value of somatosensory evoked potentials in children after cardiac arrest: the SEPIA Study', Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1097/WNP.0000000000000649

Soar, J, Donnino, MW, Maconochie, I, Aickin, R, Atkins, DL, Andersen, LW, Berg, KM, Bingham, R, Bottiger, BW, Callaway, CW, Couper, K, Couto, TB, de Caen, AR, Deakin, CD, Drennan, IR, Guerguerian, AM, Lavonas, EJ, Meaney, PA, Nadkarni, VM, Neumar, RW, Ng, KC, Nicholson, TC, Nuthall, GA, Ohshimo, S, O'Neil, BJ, Ong, GY, Paiva, EF, Parr, MJ, Reis, AG, Reynolds, JC, Ristagno, G, Sandroni, C, Schexnayder, SM, Scholefield, BR, Shimizu, N, Tijssen, JA, Van de Voorde, P, Wang, TL, Welsford, M, Hazinski, MF, Nolan, JP & Morley, PT 2018, '2018 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations Summary', Resuscitation, vol. 133, pp. 194-206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2018.10.017

PediRES-Q, Niles, DE, Duval-Arnould, J, Skellett, S, Knight, L, Su, F, Raymond, TT, Sweberg, T, Sen, AI, Atkins, DL, Friess, SH, de Caen, AR, Kurosawa, H, Sutton, RM, Wolfe, H, Berg, RA, Silver, A, Hunt, EA, Nadkarni, VM & Scholefield, B 2018, 'Characterization of pediatric in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation quality metrics across an international resuscitation collaborative', Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 421-432. https://doi.org/10.1097/pcc.0000000000001520

THAPCA Trial Investigators, Slomine, BS, Silverstein, FS, Christensen, JR, Holubkov, R, Telford, R, Moler, FW & Scholefield, B 2018, 'Neurobehavioural outcomes in children after In-Hospital cardiac arrest', Resuscitation, vol. 124, pp. 80-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2018.01.002

THAPCA Trial Investigators 2018, 'Neurologic outcomes in pediatric cardiac arrest survivors enrolled in the THAPCA trials', Neurology, vol. 91, no. 2, pp. e123-e131. https://doi.org/10.1212/wnl.0000000000005773


Morris, KP, Brincat, E, Sanz, I & Scholefield, BR 2019, 'Which partial pressure of carbon dioxide during extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR)?', Resuscitation, vol. 138, pp. 42-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2019.02.037


Kool, M & Scholefield, BR 2020, 'Epinephrine in paediatric bradycardic cardiac arrest: Time for a rethink?', Resuscitation, vol. 149, pp. 230-232. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2020.02.015, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2020.02.015


Kanthimathinathan, HK, Russell, M & Scholefield, BR 2018, 'Duration of fluid boluses in septic shock: fragile results and unanswered questions', Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 85-85. https://doi.org/10.1097/PCC.0000000000001360

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