Workforce team

We are responsible for providing data and intelligence about the paediatric workforce in the UK. We run a biennial workforce census, regularly monitor new consultants and follow paediatric trainees to provide key data to inform working planning and policy.

We support the development of service standards and the delivery of service reviews, and responds to national workforce related consultations.

Team priorities

  • Ongoing collection, analysis and dissemination of paediatric workforce data to inform and influence service design and workforce and educational planning
  • In depth knowledge of the current paediatric medical workforce to support compliance with current safe and supportive staffing models and future modelling

Key current projects

  • Biennial workforce census
  • CCT and CESR follow up survey
  • Modernising Medical Careers cohort study
  • Rota compliance and vacancies monitoring
  • Outcome measures for acute general paediatrics
  • Community child health workforce planning guidance



Recent content


Workforce census 2017 overview report

In this first report of the series we provide a UK-wide overview of the findings from the census and make five key recommendations. Download the full overview report at the bottom of this page.
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Privacy notice - CCT and CESR cohort study

The following is a privacy notice for participants in our study which looks at the career destinations of paediatricians, one year on from completing their certification of completion of training (CCT) or certification of eligibility in speciality training (CESR). It explains how the RCPCH uses any ...

Our responses to workforce consultations

The College's Workforce team responds to a range of relevant consultations and calls for evidence, with the aim of supporting and advocating for positive changes to the child health workforce.

Workforce census 2017 resources

Below are downloadable resources that provide further detail about the workforce census 2017. First, further information about the study methodology and demand modelling calculations. Second, resources that allow further exploration of the workforce census 2017 data: supplementary data tables and an...

Workforce briefing - winter 2018

This briefing document reveals that patient demand is strongly outstripping the supply of doctors as the usual seasonal increase combined with a rise in children’s emergency admissions is placing unprecedented demand on services. It highlights some of the key findings from the College's Workforce ce...

Workforce census 2015

This was the ninth biennial census produced by the RCPCH since 1999. It provided a snapshot of how trained and trainee paediatricians were working on 30 September 2015, and the structure of child health services in the UK.