Participation in child health research

RCPCH has conducted a survey into the involvement of the paediatric workforce in child health research.


There has been concern that with pressures facing the NHS, the ability of the paediatric workforce to carry out child health research is declining. The number of academic paediatricians recorded in the RCPCH workforce census has decreased year on year, and there is evidence that supporting professional activities in consultant contracts are being cut, reducing the time available for conducting research.

In November 2012, the College launched Turning the tide: Harnessing the power of child health research. This report highlighted the need to increase research capacity through the collaboration of key stakeholders.

In order to investigate in more depth the issues facing child health research, the College conducted a survey of all consultant and SAS grade paediatricians working in the UK. This survey investigated the capacity of all members of the workforce to participate, and views on public and patient involvement (PPI) in research to inform the College’s &Us network.

Key aims

  • To establish changes in the level of paediatricians’ involvement in research from 2011 to 2015.
  • To identify any regional differences in research involvement.
  • To identify any differences in involvement in research across staff groups.
  • To establish attitudes towards - and ability to carry out - patient and public involvement (PPI) in research.


The report makes recommendations for the RCPCH and other key stakeholders to address the issues highlighted by the survey, working with workforce planning bodies to maintain capacity for child health research in the workforce.

The survey was conducted over summer 2015 and the full report can be accessed here:

Participation in Child Health Research: A survey of the paediatric workforce (PDF, 257KB, 20 pages)


If you’d like to get in touch about the survey, please contact