COVID-19

We're monitoring this public health challenge of COVID-19 - and the risks and impacts on our members and the wider child health workforce, and on children and young people. We have guidance on paediatric services, staffing and rotas, trainee progression in the UK, plus resources for services globally, and we've gathered resources for families in all four nations.

How we're responding

We're committed to supporting our members throughout this period. Our offices are closed, but staff are working remotely.

We have postponed or cancelled all events through July, including our annual conference, and have postponed all MRCPCH and DCH exams through August.

Our guidance, which we update daily, covers different settings, including community paediatrics, acute paediatrics and emergency departments, PICS and neonatal units, and addresses particular groups, such as children with complex medical needs and vulnerable children - plus tips on resilience and self care.
The healthcare workforce is fundamental to the NHS response to this huge challenge, and paediatricians have a responsibility to the wider profession. It's also vital that paediatric and neonatal services are maintained as much as possible. We cover rotas, rest, core skills and moving up/working across a system, and more.
The COVID-19 pandemic will cause unprecedented disruption to training and assessment in paediatrics in the UK. We know that trainees will understandably be anxious and have many questions. Our guidance covers ARCPs, the disruption to rotations and working patterns.

For families

We understand this is a worrying time for children and their families. So we have put together useful guidance and advice from across the UK.

We reiterate the key messages from UK Government: stay at home, avoid social interactions and regularly wash your hands. If your child has a medical condition they should continue to access treatment and attend medical appointments as recommended by their hospital, GP or healthcare professionals.

And with the support of members, we've created a 'health diary' for children and young people to use between appointments to record their feelings and questions...

 

Our news related to COVID-19