About us

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) was founded in 1996. The College comprises over 16,000 members who live in the UK, Ireland and abroad and plays a major role in postgraduate medical education, as well as professional standards.

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RCPCH responsibilities

The College's responsibilities include: 

  • setting syllabuses for postgraduate training in paediatrics
  • overseeing postgraduate training in paediatrics
  • running postgraduate examinations in paediatrics
  • organising courses and conferences on paediatrics
  • issuing guidance on paediatrics
  • conducting research on paediatrics

Find out more

Read about the College's mission, vision and values

Explore the history of the College

See the structure of the College

Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook

Visit RCPCH's pages for devolved nations: Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Discover our global child health work

Get involved in the topical consultations on health policy and clinical guidelines

Keep up to date with the latest RCPCH and child health news

Browse the various research projects the College supports and the rare disease studies of the BPSU

Attend the College's various courses and events, including the UK's leading paediatric Annual Conference

Decide whether paediatrics is the right career path for you

Access important examination information


The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is a registered charity in England and Wales (1057744) and in Scotland (SC038299)