About the College

Founded in 1996, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health plays a major role in postgraduate medical education, professional standards, research and policy. We have about 17,000 members in the UK and across the world. 

College three-year strategy - 2015-2018

Our priorities wheel illustrates the main areas of College work. As the diagram reflects, infants, children and young people are at our core. 

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Download our strategic aims and performance measures (PDF, 910 KB) for each of our work areas.


Read our mission, vision and values.

Key areas of work

We are responsible for postgraduate training of paediatricians in the UK, and run the membership (MRCPCH) and Diploma of Child Health examinations.

We work with partners to improve child health through research, standards, quality improvement and policy, in the UK and globally. And, we involve children, young people and families in our programmes.

We support all our members with a package of unique benefits. These include access to multidisciplinary educational programmes, including face-to-face courses and e-learning resources

We engage with the media, government, NHS, charities and other stakeholders, and we work across the UK - Scotland, WalesIreland and England.

History and archive

Our history begins with British Paediatric Association. In 1928 a small group of paediatricians met at the first meeting of the BPA. In 1996 the association received Royal College status, and continues to grow.

Our archive records the history of the College and of child health, and can be searched on an online catalogue.

College structure and governance

The College is governed by College Officers - including our current President, Professor Neena Modi, Honorary Treasurer, Registrar, Vice Presidents and other Officers. Our committees help set strategy. 

About 150 members of staff work across five key areas (divisions) in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

More about the structure and governance


Find contact by query

Phone: +44(0)20 7092 6000

Email: enquiries@rcpch.ac.uk

Post: 5-11 Theobald's Road, London WC1X 8SH

The RCPCH has offices in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast - how to find us

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