A website designed to bring the concept of FOAM, Free Open Access Medical Education to paediatrics. We host short articles and posts on a variety of topics, from general paediatrics, to neonatology, to child development, to careers and more. Anything related to paediatrics that we think would be useful to our colleagues. So much brilliant teaching in paediatrics is delivered to an audience of a handful, wouldn’t it be great to share across institutions, cities, countries?

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Project goals: develop a website that hosts high quality educational resources for paediatrics. We want it to be regularly updated, visually attractive,  engaging in tone and accessible on a variety of devices. 

We have developed the website as well as a Twitter and Facebook presence. 

We are continuing to develop our pool of contributors and to spread the concept of FOAM in the paediatric world. We have also started recording a podcast and running half day workshops to promote the concept and develop contributors. 

The project is a bit more open ended than most, and we don’t have a clearly defined endpoint or outcome. We would like FOAM to be as widespread in paediatrics as it is is EM.  We tend to look at page views and followers as our major indicator of ‘success’ and we are pleased to have reached over 2400 twitter followers and over 50,000 article views, around 100-200 per day. 

we are always looking for contributors,  please get in touch! 


Katie Knight, Mark Butler, Suzannah Pye, Priyen Shah, Jonathan Round

Take the stairs!

Lift counting


Specific: We want to increase the number of staff and visitors using stairs, rather than the lift, in hospital using posters at the point of decision as the intervention.

Measurable: We will count the number of people choosing to use the lift and the stairs in the same place, and at the same time in a week, before and after the intervention.

Attainable: Data will be collected over a limited time period. Assistance from children at local schools will be sought in poster design, and further help from public relations department at the hospital.

Relevant: Increasing stair use rather than lift use encourages physical activity to be incorporated into daily life.

Time bound: Initial data collection completed in May 2017, posters created through June 2017 and final data collection after intervention in July 2017.


Initial data has been collected showing that 55% of people use the stairs, whilst 45% use the lift. Excluded from the study where those people who appeared not to be able to use the stairs, for example those with mobility aids. We are currently working with a group of primary and secondary school children to develop posters that we will put up at the point where people make the decision to use the lift or stairs.