The College plays a key role in workforce planning for paediatrics to ensure there is an appropriately trained paediatric medical workforce to deliver safe and sustainable services for children in the UK, in the present and in the future.
It does this by:
- collecting and analysing data about career grade paediatricians through a biennial census of the paediatric medical workforce
- monitoring the progress of trainees and studying their career intentions
- developing solutions to meet service demands
- modelling options for the future
- influencing national and local workforce planning bodies.
The College also monitors other developments in workforce planning, inlcuding Department of Health and CfWI publications and workforce proposals linked to the Health and Social Care Act. Read about recent developments in workforce planning.
Biennial workforce census
Every two years the College conducts an insitutional census which covers the following areas:
- paediatric medical staff in each organisation, and vacancies
- paediatric and neonatal services provided in each hospital
- general and neonatal rotas
- community services and community lead roles
- tertiary services.
Please visit the our workforce census page for more information.
In 2011 we conducted an individual survey of all consultants and SSASG doctors recorded in the previous 2009 institutional workforce census to gather information about:
- clinical and non-clinical work commitments
- involvement in research
- attitudes to resident shift working and retirement intentions.
The results of this suvey are now available to download from the workforce census page.
Consultant Delivered Care
The College has recently undertaken a six-month project to assess the impact of consultant delivered care in paediatrics on quality outcomes, training, work-life balance and other indicators.
To read more about this project, please visit the Consultant Delivered Care page.
- Information about the size and characteristics of the trainee workforce is collected by the RCPCH Education and Training Directorate. The latest information was produced in April 2011.
- The College is also conducting a cohort study of paediatric trainees (the ). Trainees in their ST3 year are currently responding to College questionnaires. The first part of the study was completed in 2009. The second part of the study was conducted in 2011 and results will be published shortly.
European Working Time Regulations
- The introduction of the European Working Time Regulations (EWTR) and other legislation have been drivers for changing the way the paediatric service is delivered and workforce requirements.
- From December 2010 to February 2011 the College conducted a Working Time Regulations Survey to assess the impact of the regulations on all acute units – a report of the findings is available.
- In May 2009, the College published the document .
- In May 2010, the College held a Workforce Solutions Workshop to consider future solutions for service delivery.
Associated Publications, Resources and Links
- RCPCH responds to Health Select Committee, Education and Workforce Planning Report
Dr Carol Ewing, Consultant Paediatrician and Workforce Officer at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health ...
- Developments in workforce planning (older posts)
RCPCH response to Health Committee consultation on education, training and workforce planning In December ...
- Developments in workforce planning
RCPCH response to balance of competences between the UK and the European Union The RCPCH has submitted a ...
- Planning services for young people who keep us awake at night masterclass
Tue, 05/02/2013 - 16:50 ...
- Health warning for Scots children flu vaccine plan
Parents have been warned that children’s health will be 'risked unnecessarily' by government plans to save money by ...
- Trainee Welcome Pack
Trainee welcome pack Information for paediatric trainees including details on: Enrolment ...