Scotland news

Keep up to date with the latest child health news in Scotland, and find out how RCPCH Scotland is working alongside other organisations to help improve child health. 

June 2017 - update from Dr Steve Turner (MS Doc, 19KB, 2 pages)

February 2017 - update from Dr Steve Turner (PDF, 178KB, 1 page)

November 2016 - update from Dr Steve Turner (PDF, 35 KB 1 page)


SNP Conference 2016 - Child Mental Health - Prevention is better than cure.

Our very own Dr Shiuli Russell joined up with Marie Todd, SNP MSP, Dr Anne MacFadyen, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and CAMHS service user Ella to discuss child mental health.

Ella's Blog (PDF, 118KB, 1 Page)

NES Improving Wellbeing eLearning Resource

This has been developed by NHS Education Scotland for all NHS staff (in clinical and non clinical roles) throughout Scotland to raise awareness of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, support the NHS workforce to implement and embed the act in practice and describes the NHS workforce’s responsibilities under this legislation. Read more and access here.

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Information and Communications Toolkit 

The Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Information and Communications Toolkit has been developed to support and equip partners and front line practitioners with necessary training, guidance and information tools to aid learning and support engagement with children, young people and parents in relations to GIRFEC and the duties as set out in the Act. Read more about GIRFEC here.

Access the GIRFEC Information and Communications Toolkit by joining the Knowledge Hub.

Knowledge Hub joining instructions (PDF, 17KB, 1 page)

Child Health Matters to us: Lets talk

On 20th May 2016, RCPCH Scotland met with 3rd sector organisations to discuss our 100 day challenge and where our joint priorities may lie, read a summary of our day here (PDF, 111KB, 1 page)

Professor Steve Greene retired as the Director of the Scottish Children's Research Network, Steve sends his thanks and welcomes the new director in a letter to all Scottish Paediatricians here (PDF, 77KB, 1 page)

SIGN 145 Assessment, diagnosis and interventions of autism spectrum disorders, to be published on Thursday 30th June (Click here (PDF, 173KB, 1 page))

Find out more about the Past, Present Future conference here (PDF, 1.29MB 1 Page)

RCPCH Scotland Child Health Debate - 1 March 2016

College members were joined by politicians, 3rd Sector organisations and children and young people to discuss our Vision 2016 document. 

Event summary (PDF,  62 KB, 2 pages)

RCPCH Scottish Government Conversation

The RCPCH Scottish Committee contributed to a workshop as part of the Scottish Government's "Big Conversation" on the 2020 aim to create a healthier Scotland.

Dr Una Macfadyen's summary of the day (PDF, 70KB, 2 Pages)

Securing better health for Scotland's infants, children and young people - A vision for 2016

Scotland will be one of the healthiest places in the world to grow up in with equitable access to resources and communities that value and promote both physical and mental wellbeing.

RCPCH vision for child health in Scotland (PDF, 165KB) 

New arrangements for death certification and registration – information for certifying doctors

As of 13 May 2015, Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) has a new national review system to provide independent checks on the quality and accuracy of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCDs).

Under the new system, medical reviewers will review a random sample of MCCDs. When an MCCD is selected for review, the death cannot be registered until the review has been carried out.

Find out more (MS Word, 17 KB, 3 pages) 

Concussion Management Group

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) have responded to the new Scottish Sport Concussion Guidelines (MS Word, 335 KB, 3 pages).

You can also view the Concussion Consensus draft work stream (PDF, 369 KB, 2 pages) and an update on activity following the concussion management meeting last year (MS Doc, 17 KB, 1 page).

Making the case for financial inclusion services in children’s hospitals - evaluation of RHSC pilot

The recent Why Children Die report published by the RCPCH in 2014 highlights the impact that poverty can have on children’s wellbeing. In 2012, a Carer’s Needs Assessment was undertaken at the RHSC in Glasgow which identified financial worries as the top issue for parents/carers with a sick child. 

Many families struggled to maintain finances with a sick child due to requiring time off work or having to give up employment to care for a sick child.  

View the evaluation report (PDF, 751 KB)

Scottish membership survey

In 2015 we surveyed the RCPCH Scottish membership, with 301 individuals responding. The questions addressed your primary reasons for being a member, your experience with events and courses, your satisfaction with services and benefits, and how you would like to be involved with RCPCH Scotland.

Download report of survey responses (PDF, 451 KB)

Why children die - Scottish policy response

The Why Children Die report reviews existing UK evidence on child mortality. In response, we developed a suite of recommendations to tackle premature mortality in Scotland. These recommendations cut across the three domains of government and civil society; health systems and organisations; and healthcare and public health.

Download report (October 2014) (PDF, 73 KB)

Academic paediatrics

Professor Steve Greene and Dr Steve Turner have approached the RCPCH Scotland’s Committee to consider forming a Scottish Academic Group that reports both to them and the Academic Training Committee of the RCPCH across the UK.

We would welcome your thoughts on how we can take this forward.

Download more information (PDF, 1 page)

Get involved in the debate by contacting Claire Burnett on

RCPCH Scotland eNews - recent editions

November 2016

June 2016

March 2016

November 2015