Workforce studies and data

In order to plan and model the future paediatric medical workforce the College collects and analyses a range of accurate and up-to-date information about the numbers and characteristics of the paediatric workforce in the UK.

The College undertakes a series of surveys to establish how trainees' career pathways and intentions shape the future supply of trained paediatricians and to monitor rota vacancies and compliance with European Working Time Directive (EWTD).

Working with Physician Associates

The College has collated guidance on working with physician associates in medical practice. Find out more about the role of physician associates and responsibilities of paediatricians when collaborating with physician associates.

More about working with physician associates here

CCT recommendations follow up study

The College undertakes an annual survey of all paediatric doctors recommended for CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) or CESR (Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration) to look at their early career destinations.

More about the CCT follow up study

Rota compliance and vacancies survey

Since the introduction of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD), the RCPCH has annually monitored rota vacancies and compliance in UK units providing general paediatric and neonatal services. 

Data analysis for the 2016 survey is now complete and the full report can be accessed via the link below.

More about this study and the survey results - rota compliance and vacancies

MMC cohort study - are we training the right workforce?

The College is following the 2007 cohort of paediatric trainees throughout their training career. This represents a major opportunity to assess the aspirations and progress of a unique group, and feed vital information into the workforce planning process. 

MMC cohort study

Paediatric workforce involvement in child health research

With concern for the declining ability of the paediatric workforce to carry out child health research, the College has conducted a research survey of consultant and SAS grade paediatricians working in the UK, with findings reported in autumn 2015. The survey investigates paediatricians' involvement in research and perceptions of public and patient involvement (PPI) in research.

More about survey on participation in child health research

Community Child Health: A paediatric workforce guide (Covering all bases)

The RCPCH and BACCH have developied a series of evidence based resources to support workforce planning for community paediatric services. The aim of this work is to update and broaden the workforce guidance developed by BACCH in 1999, to support service design and commissioning for a population and ensure high quality care based on national standards and best practice.

This was launched on 7 September 2017. 

For more information and to download the resources go to Covering all bases.

Consultant delivered care

In April 2012, the College published its report, Consultant Delivered Care – an evaluation of new ways of working in paediatrics. The report concludes that children would receive better care if they had 24/7 access to a consultant or equivalent senior doctor.

Other/External studies


Health and Social Care Information Centre

NHS Hospital and Community Health Service (HCHS) Workforce Statistics in England, Medical and Dental Staff 2002-2012 - as at 30th September.

NHS Staff 2001-2011 (Medical and Dental)


ISD Scotland

NHS Scotland Workforce Statistics


Welsh Assembly Governement - Stats Wales

Health Statistics Wales


Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Executive

Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Workforce Census 2016 (PDF,1.83 MB, 51 pages) 

Trainee related research

British Medical Association (BMA)  BMA Cohort Doctor study
General Medical Council (GMC)

National Training surveys

State of Medical Education Practice

Foundation Programme

UK Medical Careers Research Group (UKMCRG) Longitudinal Studies: Paediatric Career Intentions

Useful links