Apply to paediatrics

We provide guidance on applying to specialty training at ST1 and at ST3, academic training and training in one of our 17 sub-specialties. We have information about opportunities in the UK for international doctors. Plus guidance on recruiting consultant paediatricians in the NHS.
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Most doctors enter paediatric training at Specialty Training 1, or ST1, starting their posts in August or September. This is known as 'National Round 1'. Applications for 2024 are now closed.
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ST3 posts may be available at two points in the national specialty recruitment calendar. Applications for ST3 posts starting in August/September 2024 are now closed.
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All paediatricians play a part in research that benefits infants, children and young people. Academic posts enable some trainees to focus on research - and our toolkit and regular events give support.
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Sub-specialty training

All paediatricians start their training in general paediatrics. Some choose to apply for one of the paediatric sub-specialties (previously known as 'Grid').

Applications for 2024 sub-specialty posts are now closed. 

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Recruiting consultant paediatricians

The Advisory Appointment Committee (AAC) is an interview panel for NHS employers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland appointing to substantive consultant posts. We provide guidance for employers and for members acting as the College Assessor on these panels.

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The MTI(p) scheme provides paediatricians from outside the UK / European Economic Area two years of high quality postgraduate training in the NHS. Graduates can use this experience to improve patient care in their home countries, and UK hospitals benefit from their skills and knowledge.
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The IPSS facilitates GMC registration for eligible medical graduates from outside the UK / outside the priority nations list for MTI(p). Applicants need to enter UK posts with a sufficient training/educational component and organise the right to live and work in the UK.
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There are several options for international doctors who wish to come to the UK to work in paediatrics, whether on a short-term or long-term basis. We provide information, including finding work in the NHS, visas and GMC registration.

News about careers and training


Trainees taking the lead at our St David's Day Conference

Dr Matthew Spencer led a group of enthusiastic paediatric trainees to deliver the RCPCH Wales St David’s Day Conference last week in Cardiff. The RCPCH Wales team asked Matt (pictured) a few questions about his experience before and on the day and if he had any advice for next year's organiser.
President updates

Greetings from Kerala - President's blog

Camilla writes her latest message from the 61st annual conference of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, where she has led on talks on empowering women in child health leadership roles. There's been a full day of talks on vaccines and this is a good reminder for all members to "Think measles". Plus, a...

Invitation to apply for a fully funded, one-year industry placement

RCPCH is delighted to announce an exciting partnership with Vertex and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine on the Vertex Physicians in Pharma Programme (VPiPP). This unique, one-year work placement is for clinicians in training who wish to enrich their curriculum and knowledge by understanding an...