RCPCH Ambassadors is an England-wide network of volunteer RCPCH members that advocate on behalf of the College for the needs of children and young people to be understood and prioritised in their area. They do this by engaging with their local Integrated Care System (ICS). You can read more about the RCPCH Ambassadors role on our web page, and download the role description below.
We asked a couple of current Ambassadors to write about their time in the role. Trainee paediatrician, Dr Deji Jaiyesimi, reflected on some of the benefits:
I know much more about what is going on at a population health level, not only in my local area but across the country as we have monthly meetings with other Ambassadors.... to equip us with the skills and knowledge to have greater impact in our areas... It's also opened my eyes to the paediatric population data that is out there, and how we can use this to make a case for services that we feel will benefit children and young people in our area.
And, Dr Charmari Wijemanne, consultant community paediatrician in London offered some thoughts to someone considering applying for the role:
I would advise taking time to form relationships, listen and understand that change is slow but starts by building trust. Although everyone has different agendas, priorities and pressures keeping the health and wellbeing of the child at the centre will help you to find common ground. It is rewarding and a privilege to be able to advocate for children and their families.
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