Lifelong careers in paediatrics

Paediatrics is a rewarding but challenging specialty. Our fill rates are up, but encouraging people to choose paediatrics isn't enough. We're committed to supporting you at every stage, from training and beyond. Find out more about the work we're doing around workforce, rota gaps and wellbeing, and hear from other paediatricians about what helps them.
Written by current trainees, this guide covers the essential elements on what to expect from your training post, and examples of good practice that showcase how different centres across the UK look after their trainees.
Staff Grade, Associate Specialist and Specialty (SAS) doctors play important roles in general paediatrics and community child health. We support on training and education, plus representation through the SAS Committee.
As a consultant or other career-grade doctor, you may have a varied career path in paediatrics - such as a 'portfolio career' or less than full time working, volunteering overseas or taking a career break. We look at the varied options.

"We are all so grateful because of you..."

"You are helpful, kind, caring and professional"

We've been speaking with children and young people about their experiences with the NHS - have a look at what they have to say!.

It is so important to take care of yourself as a healthcare professional. College members across the UK recommend some useful wellbeing resources to support you, particularly over the pandemic.
To identify how best you learn, develop critical thinking and improve your clinical practice, you can engage in regular reflection. We offer key tips and look at self-care, especially for trainees.
We're committed to introducing a new two-level ‘run through’ specialty training programme by 2023, ensuring it is flexible, fulfilling and fit-for-purpose. RCPCH Progress+ is our response to the Shape of training review.

Member blogs and updates on wellbeing

President's blog

How do we respond to workforce challenges? - President's blog

In this edition Camilla explores workforce challenges and the recent reports and surveys on this issue. She also congratulates our new Chair of the Trainee Oversight Committee and settles down to listen to our new podcast on advocating for child health.

The Great Paediatric Bake Off - episode four!

Meet the team behind the College’s magazine Milestones, Dr Dita Aswani, Dr James Dearden, Dr Maddy Fogarty-Hover and Dr Seb Gray, as they roll up their sleeves and bake along with Dr Ash Patel.