Research and surveillance

Girl with Magnifying glassRCPCH works with organisations and multidisciplinary teams on a range of research programmes, and is a partner of the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit.


The College commissions child health research with the aim of strengthening children’s research activity in the UK by focusing on:

  • exposure to child health research at undergraduate level
  • research training and short term experience opportunities for paediatric trainees
  • supporting and incentivising NHS consultant research involvement

The College's Science and Research activities are overseen by the Vice-President for Science and Research, Professor Anne Greenough. Professor Greenough is Head of the School of Medicine and Professior of Clinical Respiratory Physiology at King's College London.

British Paediatric Surveillance Unit

logo_bpsu-srcd_print_1.jpgThe BPSU enables doctors and researchers to find out how many children in the UK and Republic of Ireland are affected by particular rare diseases or conditions. A joint initiative of the RCPCH, Public Health England (PHE) and the Institute of Child Health (ICH), the BPSU has collaborated in over 90 research studies into rare childhood disorders, and its methodology has been replicated internationally.

The BPSU welcomes applications from clinicians and researchers who wish to carry out national surveillance on rare childhood diseases and disorders.

More about BPSU

Research opportunities

The College supports and promotes paediatric and child health research opportunities. Explore current vacancies, postgraduate opportunities, funding, surveys and awards.

More about research opportunities

Read report of our survey about the involvement of the paediatric workforce in research

Research guidance

The Research & Evaluation team and the BPSU provide advice on undertaking research and on the development of applications using surveillance methodology, questionnaire design, and applying for ethics approval from the Health Research Authority.

More about research guidance

Research projects

Current research projects

Completed research projects

Patient and public involvement

The College and the BPSU are committed to ensuring that public and patient involvement (PPI) is embedded in all of its workstreams. We provide guidance to investigators on how to engage children, young people and their families.

More about PPI

UK Child Health Research Collaboration

The UKCHRC is a growing partnership between funders of child health research which, through increasing and strengthening research, aims to improve child health outcomes.

More about UKCHRC


Research programmes - Raisha Sajjad, Research Administrator

BPSU - Richard Lynn, BPSU Scientific Coordinator 

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