Trainee volunteers needed to update PCO UK Key Practice Points

Are you interested in joining the Paediatric Care Online (PCO UK) editorial team? With support from us, you'll review content on the basis of UK national guidance. Share your knowledge, learn new skills and self-accredit for CPD.
Remote working

Clinical content needs to be up-to-date and clinically assured to be useful to healthcare professionals and must therefore specify a date for when the next update is due. Like producing clinical guidelines, it is good practice to update PCO UK’s Key Practice Point topics at least every three years.

We're keen to hear from any ST4+ trainees interested in assisting us to update existing Key Practice Points (KPPs).

I find working on these updates a really useful way of updating and refreshing my own knowledge on topics that are not always part of my everyday practice

ST7 paediatric trainee

What will the work involve?

The work will involve reviewing KPP content to determine what updates are required - on the basis of appropriate UK national guidance - and then completing the update. If a more thorough update is needed, you will work alongside RCPCH specialty groups. 

All update work can be completed remotely, and reviewers will receive detailed guidance from the PCO UK team. Upon completion of the work, you will be acknowledged and receive a letter confirming your contribution to the update work.

If interested, you will be able to:

  • share your knowledge with the child health community
  • have your content published and read by health professionals worldwide
  • learn to develop new editorial / research skills
  • self-accredit for CPD

What topics are up for grabs?

We have are coninuing to update KPP topics currently on PCO UK and are seeking volunteers to assist with updates from the next batch – topics to be reviewed in light of an update are as below:

  • Appetite Loss
  • Back Pain
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Fever (Pyrexia)
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Headache
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Emergencies
  • Ingestion of Caustic Substances (Caustic Injury of the Oesophagus)
  • Precocious (Early Onset) Puberty
  • Puberty (Delayed)
  • Rash (Infants and Older Children)
  • Vaginal Discharge


If you an ST4+ trainee interested in helping with this update programme, please contact the PCO UK editorial team at to express your interest.