Kim Holt trained in paediatrics in London, Africa and Manchester.
She found she was inspired by working with children and families over weeks and months . her first inspirational role model was Dame Barbara Ansell, a paediatric rheumatologist. Kim moved from a generalist community paediatrician, over the years into more specialised interest in safeguarding, child mental health and strategic overview.
Her commitment to children became challenged to its limit when she was working in the London Borough of Haringey in 2004-2007 when services were under massive pressure, colleagues were resigning, there was an oppressive culture and she found herself more isolated professionally. Unfortunately the fears of the paediatric team were realised when a child Peter Connelley was seen by a locum doctor in the department, only 2 days before he was killed by his carers. This tragedy led to a period of turbulence for all those people involved. Dr Holt spent 4 years on special leave until she was eventually reinstated and recognised for having spoken up for children and colleagues. She has campaigned with many others for better Whistleblowing protection and provided evidence to the Health Select committee as well as to Sir Robert Francis and the Freedom to Speak up review.