Paediatrics 2040 - help us set the vision for our specialty's future

We are recruiting members at all career stages and across the UK to act as commissioners on this two-year project, which will set out a compelling and credible vision for the future of paediatrics in the UK. You will work on one of four lines of enquiry: data and evidence; future impact of innovation; scenarios for models of care; working lives.
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Paediatrics 2040 will set out a compelling and credible vision for the future of paediatrics in the UK.

Our final report, scheduled for publication in October 2020, will develop predictions and models of children and young people’s health outcomes by 2040. We will consider how advances in innovation will shape the delivery of paediatric care, what models of care should look like and how the paediatrician of the future is likely to work.

With a project board in place, we are now building four sub-committees, each of which will deliver an output:

  1. An understanding of the burden of need for paediatric services
  2. The future impact of innovation on the field of paediatrics
  3. Scenarios for future models of care
  4. A vision of future workforce requirements, training and models of work

We're seeking a diverse range of members - from consultant paediatrician to medical student - to join these sub-committees as commissioners.

If you have a passion to help us shape the vision of our specialty, read on. We explain the role of each sub-committee, what we're looking for in a commissioner and how to apply. 

1. Data and evidence sub-committee

This committee will work to analyse data and generate models across these domains:

  • Future child health outcomes, the social determinants of children and young people's (CYP) health and CYP poverty for the UK in 2040 
  • Future population structures and demographic distribution for the UK in 2040
  • The long term economic benefits that investments in CYP health services and paediatric care could result in by 2040

This will inform work in the other three lines of enquiry: innovation, models of care and working lives. The bulk of its work will be conducted in 2019, and will involve: 

  • Reviewing data held by the College
  • Developing robust methodologies for all domains
  • Assessing what data is required and available,and collect relevant data 
  • Analysing data and generating models on:
    • child health outcomes in 2040 
    • population models for 2040 
    • economic benefits because of increased investment in CYP health services
  • Interpreting models and outcomes of the work to produce a chapter for the report detailing likely child health outcomes, and identifying challenges and opportunities
  • Working with other sub-committees to ensure they can understand and utilise model outcomes, and other data in their work
  • Working with other sub-committees and the project board to identify data and analysis, and perform this if required

2. The future impact of innovation on the field of paediatrics sub-committee

This sub-committee will seek to understand, and predict the impact, of innovation on the profession and delivery of paediatric care. It will consider the likely role of innovation and technology in improving the management and delivery of care, as well as in the training of workforces.

Work will focus on innovation in these fields: 

  • Public health and prevention
  • Treatment and diagnosis, including escalation of illness
  • The management of care
  • Models of working

Innovations to be considered include: 

  • Genomics 
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Digitalisation
  • Digital integration
  • Wearable technology

3. Scenarios for future models of care sub-committee

This sub-committee will utilise data, models and analyses produced by all other sub-committees to understand the future health needs of CYP in 2040. It will develop strong links with all other sub-committees to use the data and evidence stemming from their work to develop future models of care.

It is proposed the committee consider the following:  

  • Geographic, demographic differences within the UK 
  • Future service mixtures 
  • Models of preventative care 
  • Task shifting and collaboration with other specialities 
  • The role of innovation and digital services 
  • Participatory models of care 
  • Models of care that could fit the needs of local populations 
  • The role of preventative care and public health 

4. Working lives sub-committee

This sub-committee will utilise data, models and analyses produced by all other sub-committees, and combine this with evidence and information collected from stakeholders and members to develop visions for the above areas.

The committee may wish to consider the following areas:

  • Shape and size of future workforces, future role of paediatricians within the health care system and future roles of other health professionals in paediatric care 
  • Recruitment modelling
  • Development of future training models, and consideration of implications of innovation and technology on the future of training
  • Future models of working and flexible career paths
  • Working lives support to workforces 
  • How the College can best support members in the future

About the role

Each commissioner will work on one of the four sub-committees to deliver work according to the project schedule. We estimate that each commissioner will spend about eight to 10 hours a month over the lifespan of the project. The project board will set and communicate deadlines for specific pieces of work. 

Work will be collaborative, and commissioners will work with the project board to develop a detailed workplan and to report on their field of enquiry. These reports will form the basis of the overall Paediatrics 2040 report, for publication in October 2020.

The type of work will vary by sub-committee. It may include data analysis, literature reviews and primary evidence collection through engagement with members and other health professionals at forums, hearings, and surveys. There may be some in-person meetings, but all sub-committees will use digital platforms to collaborate in the production of reports.  

Person specification

To apply, you must be an RCPCH member.

We are seeking a diverse range of people - from across the UK and at different career stages, including consultant paediatricians, SAS doctors, trainee paediatricians, foundation doctors and medical students.

Otherwise, you will be expected to bring a range of skills and experience, including:

  • Interest in the future of paediatrics
  • Strong understanding of paediatric care, or of the UK health sector
  • Experience of working on subjects related to one of the lines of enquiry
  • Ability to evaluate and interpret information
  • Experience in research, and/or report writing
  • Experience in quantitative or qualitative data collection 


We will reimburse reasonable travel within the UK and accommodation for attendance at project meetings, in accordance with RCPCH guidelines.

How to apply

There is a single application process. You will need to provide some details, including a maximum 300-word statement describing your motivations, skills and experience relevant to the project, as well as your CV.

The project board will review applications and invite successful applicants to one sub-committee based on where their expertise will best fit.