Personal child health record

Personal child health record - cover of the 'red book'

The personal child health record (also known as the PCHR or 'red book') is a national standard health and development record given to parents/carers at a child's birth.

This is the main record of a child's health and development. The parent/carer retains the PCHR, and health professionals should update the record each time the child is seen in a healthcare setting. 

Access the current national standard PCHR (2009)

Review of the PCHR

The national standard PCHR is constantly under review. The content and format are overseen by a multi-disciplinary group, hosted by the RCPCH and chaired by Dr Helen Bedford.

The latest review will consider different ways of presenting the content of the record.  

For updates, please continue to check this page or contact the Policy team on health.policy@rcpch.ac.uk  

Electronic PCHR (ePCHR)

The ePCHR is a digital version of the printed personal child health record.

The RCPCH has a keen interest in how effectively the content of the PCHR is made available in digital format. For this reason the College has agreed a set of standards for software development to provide a framework for prospective suppliers.

Download standards for an electronic personal child health record (PDF, 88 KB)

The RCPCH is working with one such supplier, Sitekit, to evaluate the usability and benefits of a prototype version of an ePCHR. This prototype is called the ‘eRedbook’.

Sitekit have partnered with Harlow Printing Ltd, who print the current PCHR, and the initial development has been funded through, Microsoft, a Technology Strategy Board project called 'Year Zero' and economic development funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise board (HIE).

Development of the eRedbook is handled through a specially convened Clinical Advisory Group and the inter-collegiate Personal Child Health Record Committee. The eRedbook is currently available through NHS Partner sites during evaluation; these sites are Liverpool Community Health, and NHS South Warwickshire.

There is no intention to withdraw the paper PCHR as it is important that parents have a choice in how they access information.

Find out more or get involved in the ePCHR project

To find out more, go to http://eredbook.org.uk

If you are an NHS partner wishing to get involved in the project, contact info@eredbook.org

More details in Introduction to the ePCHR - slideshow (PDF, 2 MB, 24 pages)

If you have any questions about the RCPCH's involvement in ePCHR, please contact Jacqueline Fitzgerald on jacqueline.fitzgerald@rcpch.ac.uk