Simon Bailey is a Professor of Neuro –Oncology and consultant paediatric oncologist and Head of the Paediatric Oncology Department based at the Great North Children's Hospital and University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
His undergraduate medical training was at the University of Cape Town. Initial clinical experience was gained at Groote Schuur and Red Cross Childrens Hospitals before postgraduate Paediatric training in the United Kingdom and a year in New Zealand. He trained in paediatric oncology in Newcastle upon Tyne and became a consultant in 2001. He has a PhD awarded in 1999 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
His parents lived in Malawi for many years and he did his elective as a medical student with Professor Molyneux in Blantyre. In 2005 he set up a small charity Children with Cancer In Malawi based in Newcastle and has been involved in helping Professor Molyneux and her team design a number of treatment protocols, provide clinical advice as well as running the remote pathology service with Dr Carey and Professor O’Brien.
Problems in low and middle income countries need to be led by the local teams, assistance from resource rich countries needs to be directed by local needs and risk adapted protocols should be developed dependent on the unique situations in each centre and country.
His favourite quote is one from Professor Molyneux, “there is never nothing we can do.”