Paediatric Care Online

Paediatric Care Online (PCO UK) is an online decision support tool for health, legal and social work professionals working with children in the UK. 


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About PCO UK

PCO UK provides immediate, evidence-based guidance to inform decisions at point of care - together with a repository of supporting reference material and patient/carer information.

It is a UK version of the American Academy of Pediatrics's (AAP) successful Pediatric Care Online tool, which supports primary care providers in the US. 

PCO UK includes Key Practice Points, decision support tools that cover common signs and symptoms and critical care situations. These provide clinically assured advice and guidance derived from the AAP Textbook of Paediatric Care, which have been modified for UK use following a rigorous editorial and review process by the UK specialist and primary care community. They incorporate national clinical guidance where available.

View the open-access Key Practice Point on dyspnoea

Other PCO UK content includes the Child Protection Companion, British National Formulary for Children, Public Health England’s Green Book on immunisations against infectious disease and a guidelines directory.

For RCPCH members - how to access PCO UK

RCPCH membership includes access to PCO UK. (Honorary fellows and medical student affiliate members do not have PCO UK access as part of their membership.)

Go to the subscription page to sign in to your RCPCH account, and approve the PCO UK terms and conditions. You will then be directed to the PCO UK website where you just need to click the Sign in button on the top right.

For other professionals - how to subscribe to PCO UK

Professionals in the health, legal and social work sectors and who work in the UK are invited to subscribe to PCO UK. 

Apply for your PCO UK account

Funder and partners

PCO UK is developed by a partnership group, hosted by the RCPCH and funded by the Department of Health.

Partners include the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of Nursing, the Institute of Health Visiting and the American Academy of Pediatrics.


For current RCPCH members, please contact Member Services on

For non-members and general enquiries, please contact PCO UK on

For media enquiries, please contact Melissa Milner, Head of Media and External Affairs – | 020 7092 6005 or 07772 686 022 (out of hours)