The College supports members and Officers in making and shaping health service policy and standards to improve outcomes for children and young people.

Our priorities 

  • Influence key research decision makers so that child health research, including the areas of health, wellbeing services and mortality, is given the same parity as adult health research.
  • Improving health outcomes through advocacy, empowering children to be in control of their own health and wellbeing and putting children and their families at the heart of what happens.
  • Reduce the number of children who become ill or whose illness progresses unnecessarily due avoidable factors.
  • Shape policy and practice in the NHS so that it provides high quality and sustainable healthcare services for all children regardless of the setting in which they receive it and to ensure long lasting improvements to services and systems to improve health outcomes for children.
  • Work in partnership with other organisations to implement early intervention strategies and reduce health inequalities for children.

The Health Policy Team seeks to embed health inequalities and participation from children and young people in the development of all policies, working across the four-nations.

Health policy work 

  • Coordinating input to Government, Department of Health (DH) and other bodies’ developments, where there may be an impact on the healthcare of children and young people - for more information, see our consultations and position statements.
  • Providing a policy briefing service to members and Officers, summarising current developments in healthcare and developing position statements using member expertise.
  • Working with the Media & External Affairs Team and specialty members to ensure that our media responses and press releases are timely, accurate and pertinent - our RCPCH news feed is regularly updated to include the latest in policy news.
  • Linking with other Colleges, the Department of Health and organisations to anticipate new ways of working for children's and young people's services - for the latest developments across the UK, see service standards and planning.
  • Responding to relevant enquiries through the College helpline and website - for enquiries, contact us on health.policy@rcpch.ac.uk.
  • Supporting five College committees – managing administration and supporting development and publication of standards and handbooks.


The Health Policy Team comprises three full-time staff.