The College supports members and Officers in making and shaping health service policy and standards to improve outcomes for children and young people. 

 Our 2014/2015 priorities 

  • Making the NHS a better place for children and young people ensuring that children are of equal importance as adults in the development of health policy across the four nations.
  • Promoting better child protection practice by equipping the profession with evidence-based guidance and resource and working with key government partners.

  • Contributing to the national agenda on infant, child and adolescent mortality - ensuring that the reduction of preventable child deaths remain a government priority.

  • To strive for parity of esteem for child mental health and physical health.
  • Tackling childhood obesity through a range of projects and influencing activity.

The Health Policy team seeks to embed health inequalities and participation from children and young people in the development of all policies as well being four nations focused.

Health policy work 

  • Coordinating input to Government, Department of Health (DH) and other bodies’ developments, where there may be an impact on the healthcare of children and young people. Visit our consultations or position statements  pages for more information.
  • Providing a policy briefing service to members and Officers, summarising current developments in healthcare and developing position statements using member expertise.
  • Working with the press and media team and speciality members to ensure that our media responses and press releases are timely, accurate and pertinent. Our RCPCH news feed is regularly updated to include the latest in policy news.
  • Linking with other Colleges, the Department of Health and organisations to anticipate new ways of working for children's and young people's services. See our service configuration pages for the latest developments across the UK.
  • Responding to relevant enquiries through the College helpline and website. You can contact the College with a general enquiry.
  • Running 'policy breakfasts' bringing together senior influencers to take forward thinking on topics like youth offending, public health, commissioning, the Kennedy report, with breakfasts planned on child protection, mental health, international work, the SEN and Disability Green Paper and urgent care.
  • Supporting five College committees – managing administration and supporting development and publication of standards and handbooks.


The Health Policy Team comprises four full-time staff. 

Emily Arkell, Head of Policy - emily.arkell@rcpch.ac.uk

Emily Roberts, Policy Lead - emily.roberts@rcpch.ac.uk

Isobel Howe, Policy Lead - isobel.howe@rcpch.ac.uk

Catrin Pritchard, Policy Assistant - catrin.pritchard@rcpch.ac.uk