Survive and thrive in paediatrics

Paediatricians in the NHS often tell us they love their work, but we know there are serious challenges from rota gaps to negative media stories. From advice for new trainees, to stepping up as a consultant, our careers service for all doctors and wellbeing tips, explore a range of materials tailored to your needs.

COVID-19 pandemic

In these challenging times, it's more important than ever to take care of yourself. We've reached out to College members across the UK, who have recommended some useful wellbeing resources to support you through these difficult times.

We also have a range of resources on COVID-19, including guidance for paediatric services and the workforce, useful links for parents and carers and a research and surveillance hub.

"It's about doing everything we can to make your working lives better..."

Russell Viner, RCPCH President, looks at how we as a College can provide support throughout your career.

Camilla, VP for Education & Professional Development and Hannah, Chair of Trainees Committee, acknowledge the very real challenge of retention and how we can start the conversation to improve things.

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.

You spend your career caring for others. But, what about yourself?

"If you look out for others, others will look out for you." Eight paediatricians at different career levels consider how they deal with stress in a career that can be fun, but a bit of a "rollercoaster ride". 

If you're thinking of leaving paediatrics, or just want to explore your options, talk to other people - whether that's in your local Trust or through the College's peer-to-peer career support service.

To identify how best you learn, develop critical thinking and improve your clinical practice, you engage in regular reflection. We offer key tips.

And, we look at self-care, including when there are understaffed shifts or you're returning to clinical work after an absence.

Children and young people tell us how you make a difference every day

"I loved it when my doctor was telling jokes and dancing, it made me laugh and not feel so worried." Charlotte

"...You will be helping lots of children. Thank you for your work and the work you will do." Matthew