RCPCH &Us Voice Champion Award

Every year, children and young people from RCPCH &Us review nominations and select a Voice Champion of the Year, recognising the winners commitment to working with RCPCH &Us to improve child health collaboratively with young people and adults.

About the award

The RCPCH &Us Voice Champion Award recognises paediatric health workers who have gone over and above to support RCPCH &Us projects. The nominees are scored against the four core values of RCPCH &Us which provides a structure to identify and evidence the impact of their support. 

Educate

Collaborate

Engage

Change

Anonymised forms are assessed independently by our RCPCH &Us young people’s judging panel. In 2021, we had over 40 paediatric health workers nominated for their work with / support for RCPCH &Us.

The 2021 winner

Dr Mike Linney has been outstanding as an advocate for children and young people. His commitment and dedication to the RCPCH Engagement Committee as chair where he has helped young people, parents and paediatricians to collaborate together on improving child health looking at children's rights has made a huge impact. His support over the last year to help educate others about young people's health participation and showcasing the work of RCPCH &Us has highlighted his collaborative approach in helping to amplify the voices of children and young people. 
 

Previous winners

2020: Dr Camilla Kingdon was chosen for advocating for, and creating opportunities for, children and young people’s voice to inspire paediatricians at the RCPCH Annual Conference, joining young people to help plan their conference sessions and RCPCH &Us birthday celebration, whilst ensuring their voice is strong across the conference programme in 2019 and 2020.

2019: Dr Mike Farquhar was chosen for his work with RCPCH &Us young people over 12 months to help develop the NHS Rainbow Badge programme, including going to Herts Pride to run a market stall with the young people!

2018: Professor Judith Ellis was chosen for her advocacy and support in helping to change how children and young people are seen and heard in RCPCH, working with children and young people to develop RCPCH &Us, and coming to enjoy project celebrations with them. 

We would like to thank all those that support RCPCH &Us each year, and a special thanks to the judging panel for having to make such a tough decision!

For more information, please contact and_us@rcpch.ac.uk.