Assessment and examinations
The RCPCH provides a comprehensive assessment system for paediatric trainees, including the new RCPCH ePortfolio, online tools, and RCPCHStart, the assessment for Level 3 trainees. We offer two types of examinations: the membership examination (MRCPCH) and the Diploma of Child Health (DCH).
Our assessment system tests a trainee’s skills, knowledge and behaviours against those identified in the curriculum.
Undertaken in the right way, workplace based assessment provides opportunities for trainees to focus on their learning and to receive constructive feedback on their progress.
Please see the below Assessment Guidance document for further up to date information.
Examinations (MRCPCH and DCH)
Membership of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (MRCPCH) is achieved by passing a series of examinations. MRCPCH examinations are usually taken during the period of basic specialist training, which normally lasts two to three years, and is the normal entry requirement for Core Specialist Training in paediatrics. The MRCPCH is:
- an essential component of training for paediatricians in the UK
- responsive to changes in UK training
- mapped to the UK curriculum
- approved by the General Medical Council (GMC) as meeting the required standards
- informed by the latest research and evidence based.
The Diploma in Child Health (DCH) is designed to give recognition of competence in the care of children to General Practitioner vocational trainees, staff grades in paediatrics and trainees in specialties allied to paediatrics.
Examiners play a key role in the delivery of both the MRCPCH and DCH. We provide a comprehensive training programme
RCPCHStart (Specialty Trainee Assessment of Readiness for Tenure) assesses the abilities of Level 3 trainees (in the UK) in clinical decision making and helps address any gaps in training - in preparation for becoming a consultant paediatrician.
Examination candidates and trainees in the UK may claim tax relief on their examination fees and training fees (including for RCPCHStart).