Parents and Carers Group (PCG)
The RCPCH Parents and Carers Group (PCG) exists to serve the needs of the parents and carers of children and young people who need the help of paediatricians.
- Current recruitment
- About the PCG
- What we want to achieve
- Children and young people's participation and advocacy
Parent and carer resources
We are recruiting for additional lay members from Northern Ireland (2 posts) and Wales (1 post).
The PCG has been created to advise the RCPCH on the needs of babies, children, young people, and of their carers. Central to the PCG role is to bring together lay people, organisations that have links with patients, the wider public perspective and experts to support the RCPCH improve, influence and lead the way in children’s health.
The PCG is instrumental in coordinating efforts across the Royal Colleges in relation to child health and the patient, public and parent perspective to ensure a strong and united voice.
The PCG explores how to focus its efforts to influence the work of the RCPCH and its accountability to children, young people and the wider public.
- Ensure the insights and experiences of parents and carers influence the work of the RCPCH strategically, including governance mechanisms
- Provide a link for the RCPCH to the wider community by bringing together lay people, organisations that have links with paediatric patients and families, the wider public perspective and experts to support the RCPCH improve, influence and lead the way in children’s health
- Support the meaningful engagement of parents and carers in advocacy efforts across the Royal Colleges in relation to improving child health standards and paediatric services
Advise the RCPCH on its accountability to children, young people and the wider public
The College sets and maintain standards for the education and training of all doctors working in paediatrics and child health in the UK. We play a key role in influencing the best health outcomes for babies, children and young peoples health, in the UK and internationally, through knowledge, innovation and expertise.
We have over 14,000 members, and employ around 100 staff based in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
At the RCPCH we are committed to the safe, meaningful and ethical participation of young patients and their families. The College recognises children and young people as key players in advocating for change to improve paediatric care and child health.
PCG members find the following resources useful.
- Action for Children - providing services for children in care, disabled children and young people and advice from from young people about the best ways to provide health care
- Going into hospital for an operation - Royal College of Surgeons - a booklet for parents and carers
- Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) - promoting the rights of children and young people
- CLIC Sargent for children with cancer - information and support for parents
- WellChild - helping sick children and their families across the UK
Contact a Family - for families of children with disabled children and those with rarer conditions
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