Andrew is currently a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine working in a health care organisation seeing a combined total in excess of 80,000 children per year in the Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centre – making the organisation one of the largest providers of Paediatric Emergency Medicine care in the UK. Andrew is Honorary Professor at the University of Salford, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of a new charity (SicKids) and a Churchill Fellow. Andrew is registered with the UK General Medical Council and the Medical Council of Cambodia.
Originally from County Durham, UK, Andrew graduated from The University of Nottingham Medical School with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) with Honours and Distinction in Paediatrics and Child Health.
Andrew was one of the first five doctors in the UK to complete the newly approved Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health national training scheme in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, receiving his Certificate of Completion of Training in May 2009. Andrew is certified as a subspecialist in Paediatric Emergency Medicine with the UK General Medical Council and has a special interest in the child protection (safeguarding vulnerable children) aspects of Paediatric Emergency Medicine.
Andrew has been awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH), Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (FRCEM), Fellowship of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), Membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (MAcadMEd) and Membership of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (MFMLM). Andrew is also a member of the Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine (APEM) and he was awarded their 2013 Liz Molyneux Prize and 2014 travel bursary.
Andrew has lectured internationally (USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Hong Kong) on issues relating to protecting children from harm as well as recognising and responding to possible child abuse and developing processes and organisational systems to protect children at risk of significant harm.
In addition, Andrew has designed and facilitated training involving the UNHCR, UNICEF and British High Commission in Malaysia as well as delivered training on Child Protection at the British Consul in Hong Kong, involving British Council staff and consular staff from the UK, the Swedish Consulate General, the New Zealand Consulate General, the USA Consulate General, the Swiss Consulate General and the British Consulate General in Guangzhou. At the invitation of the UK National Crime Agency, Andrew lectured at an international child protection workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia followed up by a training session at CEOP Headquarters, London. In 2014 Andrew was elected to represent the UK as Head of the UK Delegation to the European Union of Medical Specialists. In 2015 Andrew designed and delivered International Safeguarding training at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health as part of their Global Links project.
Andrew is a fully trained sub-specialist Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) Course Director and has the clinical skills to provide complete emergency care to children. Andrew’s research interests include development of a bespoke Emergency Department specific early warning track-and-trigger score to predict admission or discharge potential in children as well as investigating professionals’ views on issues including mandatory legal reporting of child abuse and the development of child protection networks and assessment tools in conjunction with children and young people.
Andrew was awarded his employer’s 2013 Division of Medicine and Community Health Services Doctor of the Year Award with the citation, “Dr Rowland is an inspirational mentor and teacher with a wealth of knowledge about the law and procedures designed to protect children from significant harm. He is a passionate and sensitive advocate for children, always having the welfare of the child at his paramount consideration. He is a valued colleague who has contributed to the operational and strategic direction of the organisation, challenging and supportive of initiatives which protect children from harm”.
At an international level Andrew has made significant contributions to raising standards and promoting international links including:
- Being Head of the UK delegation to the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS)
- Advising the Malaysian Government (the Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development) on the design of a new child protection strategy for the Country
- Advising the Singapore Government (the Ministry of Social and Family Development) in relation to the development of child protection training and multi-agency child protection working in the Country
- Developing links with M’Lop Tapang in Cambodia to provide pro-bono child protection and medical peer support
- Development and delivery of training sessions in Child Protection to Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office staff overseas in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong
- Lecturing at a National Crime Agency regional child protection workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Undertaking professional visits, and Child Protection and Emergency Medical network development, in Texas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore
At a national level Andrew undertakes elected and volunteer work for the British Medical Association (BMA) and was a co-author of two chapters in the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) 2015 publication on the physical signs of child sexual abuse.
Andrew was a Judge for the 2013 and 2014 Health Service Journal Clinical Leader of the Year Awards, chairing the judging panel in 2014.
Andrew has also provided input into the House of Commons Select Committee work on Modern Slavery, giving formal advice on legislative change that should be introduced.
Andrew is a former member of BMA Council and a former Company Director of the BMA.
In 2014, Andrew was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and was awarded a prestigious Life Fellowship by The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust which, in conjunction with a bursary from APEM, allowed him to travel internationally to four States in the USA, Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia to produce Living on a Railway Line – a major report to improve the safeguarding of vulnerable children in the UK and beyond.
In 2015, Andrew was appointed on a pro-bono basis to the Board of Directors of M’Lop Tapang, a social development organisation providing health, social care and education to over 4000 vulnerable children in South Cambodia and he became registered with the Medical Council of Cambodia.
In 2015 Andrew founded, and is currently Medical Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of a new charity called SicKids which has at its core the values of integrity, openness, fairness, compassion, equality and social responsibility and aims to empower communities to support children to have every chance of happiness, good health and protection from harm.
In 2015 Andrew was invited to attend a Reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. There he met Her Majesty the Queen, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Michael of Kent and Churchill Fellows from each decade since the Trust’s creation.
In 2016 Andrew was awarded the Pol Roger Prize for his 2014 Churchill Fellowship report, Living on a Railway Line.
In 2017 Andrew was awarded the Association Medal by the British Medical Association in recognition of his work for the Association and the profession.