START assessors and scenario generators - volunteering opportunities

Support the great work of this trainee assessment. We're looking for enthusiastic paediatric consultants and senior trainees to join our online sessions so we can generate new scenarios on varied clinical and professional themes. Consultants may become START assessors. Both are a great opportunity for your own CPD and to support the next generation of consultants! 
Icon - rosette with tick mark
Online sessions - see below for dates

The RCPCH START is the Specialty Trainee Assessment of Readiness for Tenure and guides trainees preparing to practice as a consultant paediatrician. Our RCPCH START - how it works page explains the assessment in detail.

We're looking for enthusiastic members to be part of the great effort in developing this assessment. So if you enjoy interacting with trainees and networking with fellow consultants, one of our roles could be for you!

Scenario generators

Join one or more of our group sessions and use your clinical experiences to help develop realistic and contextualised scenarios. These scenarios will engage and assess the knowledge and understanding of trainees.

We're looking for new scenarios in various generic and sub-specialty domains, including critical appraisal, handover, logistics and organisation, safe prescribing, ethics, conflict, mental health, equality and diversity, and children and young people's engagement. We also welcome new sub-specialty scenarios on acute and chronic clinical or professional themes.

Currently, our sessions run virtually on Microsoft Teams, and you'll be able to join with your own device from home or work.

We have these sessions scheduled in 2024, all from 09.30 to 12.00.

  • Friday, 02 February
  • Further dates TBC

To find out more, or if you have any ideas for scenario generation but can't attend the above dates, please contact Iris Sheshi , scenario generation sessions administrator, or Dr S Babarao, Chair of the RCPCH START Board on

START Assessors

You will assess trainees on the day on a range of topics from Handover to Safe Prescribing, providing clear and supportive feedback post-assessment for the trainees you met with. You will need to have been a consultant for a minimum of one year.

Currently, our sessions run virtually on Microsoft Teams, and you'll be able to join with your own device from home or work.

Training sessions scheduled for 2024:

  • Friday 26 January - 09:30-13:00 (completed)
  • Further dates TBC

To find out more, get in touch with Alefiya Khedapa, training sessions coordinator in Training & Quality team on