Making the NHS a better place for children and young people

One of the College's key priorities is to make the NHS a better place for children and young people. We aim to do this by developing, influencing and promoting policy to support paediatricians in improving children's services. We play a role in workforce planning, conduct invited reviews and develop and evaluate service standards or models. 

We work closely with affiliated speciality groups, and engage directly with paediatricians, clinical managers and networks, as well as children, young people and their families to help drive improvements.

Workforce planning

The College plays a key role to help ensure an appropriately trained paediatric medical workforce can deliver safe and sustainable services for children in the UK, in the present and in the future.

About workforce planning

Invited reviews

Our invited reviews service aims to support healthcare organisations and clinical teams to resolve service, practice or individual concerns or 'benchmark' their paediatric service provision. This can include issues around safety, training, compliance with standards, and proposals for reconfiguration, expansion or service design. 

About invited reviews

Service standards and planning

The College recognises that services for children must be designed to provide high quality care as close to home as possible. We make recommendations on the reconfiguration of paediatric services and on acute and community services, such as our Facing the Future standards.

About service standards and planning

Service delivery

The College provides information and support for healthcare professionals, networks for children's health services, clinical management and informatics for quality.

About service delivery

Service evaluation

The College aims to evaluate current NHS interventions and analyse existing NHS data sets in order to improve the outcomes and experiences of children and young people. Our NHS 111 project evaluates urgent and emergency care services.

About service evaluation and the NHS 111 project

Quick guide to the healthcare system in England

Our overview can help clinicians navigate and understand the implications of the healthcare system in England. 

Our quick guide to the healthcate system (England)


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