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I am a Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician with a vast clinical experience over 20 years. I trained as a Specialist Registrar in East of England including subspecialty training at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
I have expertise in assessment of all forms of Autism and other developmental conditions like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Developmental Delay, Dyspraxia, Learning Difficulties, Sleep problems related to above conditions. I also provide second opinions on these conditions. I assess children and young people under the age of 16 years.
Lead Roles in the NHS:
1. Lead doctor for Autism in Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
2. Chair of Hertfordshire Autism Interest Group.
3. Board member of Hertfordshire All Age Autism Partnership Board.
4. Chair of Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) subgroup of East of England Community Paediatrics Group
5. Designated Medical Officer West Hertfordshire for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disability
6. Chief investigator of a NIHR ( National Institute of Health Research) funded research project Kaspar Research trial
Accreditations in Autism:
I have been trained in different aspects of autism assessments such as:
•3Di ( 3 Dimensional Interview)
•ADOS-2 ( Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2)
•ADI-R ( Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised)
•I have coauthored a chapter on Autism in Clinical cases in Paediatrics: A Trainees Handbook published by JayPee Brothers , ISBN number 9781907816475
•Mengoni SE, Irvine K, Thakur D, et al, Feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness of using a humanoid robot to improve the social skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (Kaspar RCT): a study protocol. BMJ Open 2017;7:e017376. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017376
•Thakur D, Pocha M, Pneumothorax after a roller coaster ride: https://adc.bmj.com/content/91/5/421
National Presentations and Posters:
Innovative Core Community Paediatrics Training. Dr N Merchant*1, Dr D Thakur2, Dr P Sheth1
BMJ Leaders in Health Care 2017
Leaders in Healthcare 2017
Abstract Proposal for Poster Display
INNOVATIVE CORE COMMUNITY PAEDIATRICS TRAINING
D Thakur, P Sheth, V Rudran, N Merchant
Areas of interest
My special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder particularly Autism in girls and teenagers as well as complex Autism.
In addition, I am interested in Neurodevelopmental conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyspraxia, Development and other aspects of Neurodisability and Developmental Paediatrics
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