About us

We are the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the membership body for paediatricians in the UK and around the world. Founded in 1996 and now with about 20,000 members in the UK and internationally, we play a major role in postgraduate medical education, professional standards, research and policy.

Announcing the 2021 RCPCH Honorary Fellows and James Spence Medallist

Honorary Fellowship is awarded to a small number of people each year who are considered by our members to have made a major contribution to paediatrics and child health through research, education, clinical service and leadership. This year's Honorary Fellows in alphabetical order:

  • Lord Victor Adebowale
  • Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta
  • Dr Fiona Campbell
  • Dr Helen Goodyear
  • Dr Jenny Harries
  • Professor Aye Aye Khaing
  • Professor Kyaw Linn
  • Dr Robert Scott-Jupp
  • Dr David Vickers

The James Spence Medal is our highest honour, awarded for outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge and understanding in paediatrics and child health. This year's winner is:

  • Professor Henry Halliday

Our mission is to transform child health through knowledge, innovation and expertise. Our vision is a healthier future for children and young people across the world. 

Our strategy puts infants, children and young people at the heart of our organisation.  

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As first the British Paediatric Association and, since 1996, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, we have a rich heritage of collaboration and innovation in child health.

We invite you to delve into our history through our members' blogs, and to explore our extensive archive, with subject archive guides on key topics.