We manage external relations with stakeholders and policymakers including the Northern Ireland Executive and organisations with an interest in child health. Our friendly team is here to make sure members across Ireland have a voice.
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The team in Northern Ireland engages with senior policy makers in Department of Health and Education and other key statutory and voluntary bodies on College priorities, including State of Child Health NI recommendations, Facing the Future service standards and workforce census.
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Dr Ray Nethercott is the Officer for Ireland, representing members in both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland at RCPCH Council. The Regional Lead for Northern Ireland is Dr Mugilan Anandarajan, and the position of Regional Lead for the Republic of Ireland is currently vacant.
This committee allows paediatricians to act as advocates for the College in Northern Ireland in relation to media, public affairs and health policy work. It offers input and advice on member focused activity such as courses and events.
Northern Ireland's Stormont building, with tulips

Ahead of the election on 5 May, we as paediatricians called on the incoming Assembly to create and embed a child rights-based Health and Social Care system and make child health and wellbeing a national priority. Our manifesto outlined four key actions.

We invited members and young people to get involved in our campaign, which is now closed.

Contacting us

For all enquiries, email us at Please address any mail to RCPCH Ireland, Unit 92228, PO Box 1213, Belfast, BT1 9JY (please note this is for correspondence only).

You can call our Policy and Public Affairs Lead for Northern Ireland, John McBride on 028 9693 6901.

For other key College contacts, use our main contact us page.

Latest news relating to Ireland


The national PAFTA winners 2022

Chair of the Trainees’ Committee, Dr Laura Kelly is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s national PAFTAs, celebrating paediatric training achievements across the UK.

Latest resources relating to work in Ireland


COVID-19 and paediatric training

Since March 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to training and assessment in paediatrics in the UK as well as significant stresses to everyone's working and personal lives. We hope that, two years on, we are beginning to return to normal or at least to readjust to a new n...