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New Interdisciplinary Paediatric Society

Cardiff University Paediatric Society is the new kid on the block, and by block I mean Heath Campus. A new society for all healthcare students, ‘CUPS’ offers an assortment of both academic and social attributes to its growing list of members; this includes volunteering opportunities, educational workshops, fundraisers, socials, research programs and the topic of today, and evening symposia. Each ‘symposium’ will focus on a paediatric specialty and offer teaching from key professionals within the multidisciplinary team.

The first symposium, titled ‘Introduction and Epilepsy’ is to be held next week on Monday 4th November, from 6.30-8pm in the Michael Griffiths Lecture Theatre, Heath Park. The evening will involve talks from Dr Sabine Maguire and Ieuan Coombes, a Consultant and Youth Ambassador (respectively) for Serennu Children’s Centre in Newport, describing some of the crucial and fantastic work that the centre provides to many families in South Wales. CUPS members who are keen to volunteer have the opportunity to do so with Serennu and will experience this exceptional work first-hand in the near future. Attendees will then learn about Epilepsy from a triad of specialists: A Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, a Specialist Epilepsy Nurse and a Paediatric Pharmacist.

One big aim of the society is to fill in any teaching gaps that the courses don’t cover. We want to learn from the multidisciplinary team, as a multidisciplinary team. The sooner we form relationships with our future team members and learn exactly what the other healthcare roles contribute, the better we can understand what we need to contribute as an individual. The society has a core committee of medical students, with sub-committees of students from Nursing, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Radiography and Oncology and Occupational Therapy. There’ll be events throughout the year catering for all members, as well as events directed at specific courses.  We’ve had overwhelming support from professionals and students alike and are very much looking forward to the year ahead! We aim to assist our members into a successful career in paediatrics and to make it all a bit fun.

If this sounds like something you’d love to get involved in then please sign up via the students union or visit our website at

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for our upcoming fundraisers and academic events!

Find details about us and our events:

Facebook at ‘cardiffunipaedssoc’ or 

Twitter @CUPaedsSoc



Amber Davies

CUPS Vice President

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