Membership benefit of the month - media and parliamentary training

Want to act as a spokesperson for the College in the media or at political meetings? We run regular training sessions for members around the UK. Can you get involved?

Sessions are held in our London office, as well as in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. We also now run media training in Manchester. Sessions are free for members and are aimed particularly at those who are interested in joining the RCPCH Press and Parliamentary Panels.

The course was well delivered and interesting, and there was a good balance between practical and informative sessions. I feel empowered for change!

RCPCH Member

Parliamentary training

Lobbying and influencing political decision-makers is an important part of the College's work. It is vital that we get our messages heard in Parliament – and in the devolved nations – so that we can achieve meaningful change to policy that improves child health across the UK.

This day is full of practical sessions to hone your influencing and persuasion skills, as well as theory sessions to demystify how Parliament works and what MPs actually do! This combination of theory and practical makes this training not to be missed for any members interested in getting more involved in our lobbying and campaigning work. 


Our next session will take place in the London office on Friday 30 November 2018. If you’d like to come along, please email us on to confirm your space, or put your name on the waiting list to be the first to hear when we release our dates for 2019. Please do let us know which of the four nations you would prefer to be trained in, as we offer bespoke sessions depending on the relevant jurisdiction. We can also tell you more about what our Parliamentary Panel gets involved with!

Media training

We regularly get requests from the media for spokespeople who would be able to give an expert opinion on a current or upcoming news story. They might ask us for a written quote or verbal interview, or they may want somebody to appear on their television, radio, or even podcast show! We work proactively with the media to effectively and accurately communicate, and give a balanced account or explanation of the health issues affecting children and young people across the UK. This gives our voice strength.

If you book onto one of our media training sessions, you will find out first-hand what it is like to be in front of a studio camera or live on the radio, as our trainers interview you about a current news story. You’ll go through the briefing process with a member of the RCPCH team before you have a go, and will be given plenty of tips, trick and techniques for how to effectively prepare for your moment in the spotlight.


For 2019, we currently have three sessions booked in:

  • Manchester (Wednesday 1 May)
  • London (Wednesday 28 August)
  • Northern Ireland (Wednesday 27 November)

If you’d like to book onto one of our upcoming sessions, register your interest for training in any of the four nations, or would like to know a bit more about what being a member of our Press Panel involves, you can get in touch with us on who will be happy to help.

You can also keep up-to-date with the work we have been doing, and get a flavour for the sorts of stories we respond to, by subscribing to our Daily Press Cuttings service. To subscribe, log into your RCPCH account and update your subscription settings to include “Press and PR (Press Cuttings)”.