Workforce census 2017

The RCPCH undertook its first workforce data collection exercise in 1986 and has been running a paediatric workforce census in its current form every two years since 1999.


The census collects data in the following areas:
  • The paediatric workforce – workforce numbers, vacancies, types of paediatric post, workforce characteristics, contracts and job planning.
  • Child health services in the UK – service configuration, acute services, lead roles, safeguarding, and subspecialty services.
We use the information gathered to:
  • Provide members and other stakeholders, including the public, with a unique view of the growth and trends in the UK paediatric workforce.
  • Provide members and others with data that can be used to benchmark and improve standards at local, regional and national levels.
  • Provide valuable data for developing the RCPCH workforce planning strategy.
  • Inform the development of service standards and workforce guidance, such as those for short stay paediatric assessment units (SSPAUs), paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition services and community child health services.

Submitting data

The 2017 census will launch in the week commencing 25 September 2017.

We will be inviting clinical directors or service leads at each organisation with child health services to provide a response. Further information will follow in due course.

Data will be collected via the RCPCH Net Solving data collection system.


The full report and findings from the 2017 census are expected to be available in Winter 2018/2019. 

Findings from 2015 and previous workforce censuses


Should you have any questions regarding the workforce census, please contact the Workforce Team via email at or by calling 0207 092 6163 / 0207 092 6156.