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! 
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 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. They are scheduled to run throughout the year, 09.30 - 13.00.

  • Tuesday, 14 February
  • Monday, 24 April
  • Thursday, 1 June
  • Wednesday, 19 July
  • Tuesday, 12 September
  • Friday, 24 November

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

START Assessors

You'll assess trainees on the day on a range of topics from Handover to Safe Prescribing and providing clear and supportive feedback post assessment for the trainees you met with. and diversity, children and young people's engagement.

You will need to have been a consultant for a minimum of one year.

To find out more, get in touch with Claire Ormandy in Training & Quality on