Membership benefit for spring - volunteering opportunities

Developing new skills, meeting new people, networking with like-minded colleagues, carrying out a sense of purpose... The benefits often outweigh the time given, which may be why more than 1,100 of you volunteer for the College. Whether it's representing your region or specialty on a committee, working overseas or contributing to a consultation, it all furthers our collective aims of better child health. We spotlight the diverse opportunities for members.

Join a committee

Each month we invite you to consider nominating yourself for a post on our member committees. Current opportunities include Assistant Officer in Child Protection, SAS Committee Chair, MTI(p) Representative for Scotland, Trainees' Committee Representative for Wales and vacancies on several CSACs for paediatric sub-specialties.

The time commitment, always specified on the role description, may be as little as a few hours per month. As appropriate, College staff provide support, and we reimburse expenses for travel and subsistence in line with the College’s policy.

More about nominations and current vacancies

Contribute to advancing global child health

RCPCH Global focuses in improving child health in low-resource and emerging healthcare settings by recruiting and preparing clinician volunteers for long and short-term placements. Long term placements - for example, as a Clinical Advisor to develop and deliver overseas work - usually last six to 12 months.

Having previous experience is advantageous but not essential. We provide courses to help prepare clinicians for working in low-resource countries.

But, volunteering for RCPCH Global doesn't always mean mean travelling overseas. We also recruit for UK-based opportunities including desk-based reviews and hosting visiting paediatricians from low-resource settings. And, we also work with other health professionals working in child health, such as midwives and nurses.

Find out more about RCPCH Global volunteering opportunities or contact the team at global@rcpch.ac.uk.

Become a media or political spokesperson for the College

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Members of our Press Panel are looked to for their expert opinion on current and upcoming child health news stories across a range of media. They help press accurately communicate key messages. Our free media training sessions give first-hand experience of what you could expect from a television or radio interview.

Meanwhile, our Parliamentary Panel lobbies political decision makers to achieve meaningful policy change across the UK. Those interested receive free tailored training to provide them with the theory on how parliament works and how to develop their influencing and persuasion skills.

There are numerous ways to be involved with the work of our College. It has been a great opportunity to work with colleagues from around the UK to improve training in paediatrics. I have felt valued and listened to at every stage by College staff and senior colleagues I have met through volunteering with the RCPCH.

Dr Hannah Jacob, Chair of the Trainees Committee

Examine or set exam questions

Our Question Setting Groups, or QSGs, meet across the UK to develop questions for our three theory exams. They are open to members with MRCPCH, and are a great opportunity to work alongside peers from other hospitals and support the next generation.

The Principal Area Theory Lead, or PAT Lead, is a crucial role, leading on the development of the theory exams. They set up the QSGs and act as the main regional contact for these exams. 

Or, you may consider applying as a Clinical Examiner. We provide full support, with a compulsory training and shadowing sessions. Non-consultant grade and non-principal grade GPs with a background in another specialty allied to paediatrics, and paediatricians with suitable experience and knowledge, can apply as examiners for our Diploma of Child Health. If you wish to examine at the MRCPCH (membership exam), you will need to be an RCPCH Fellow. We're often recruiting in countries where we host our exams, including Egypt, India and Myanmar, and we'll open application for UK examiners this summer. Already an active examiner? You may wish to apply as a Senior Examiner.

Coach a fellow paediatrician

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If you are an experienced paediatrician and would like to develop mentoring skills, our highly interactive one-day courses can equip you with the skill and knowledge needed for mentoring. Although we do not currently recruit mentors centrally, if you actively support mentoring within your deanery or trust you could apply to join our network on sharing best practice and become a Mentoring Champion. Or, find out more about mentoring.

Present your training success stories

RCPCH trainees and consultants support colleagues by showcasing their training achievements, supporting one of the 11 domains in RCPCH Progress, our training curriculum. Featured on our website (the latest one is about patient management, and often widely discussed on Twitter via @RCPCHtweets. If you can provide a case study or a video, we'd love to hear from you! Contact us at progress@rcpch.ac.uk.

Influence the shape of tomorrow's training

Our Shape of Training document looks at the future of pre-sub-specialty core training. We welcome feedback from members on your experiences, especially on how we can make improvements to ensure paediatric training is flexible, fulfilling and fit-for-purpose. Send your comments to qualityandstandards@rcpch.ac.uk and consider joining our stakeholder day in October.n

Develop, design or review courses

Can you help us develop our educational programmes? As an Education and Professional Development (EPD) Faculty member, you can support the continuing professional development of your colleagues as well as yourself! You'll be invited to an annual faculty development day and have the opportunity to meet other members interested in education and development.

I applied as Scottish representative on the Emergency Standards Committee as I think it is important to ensure that opinions from across the devolved nations are heard down in London. It has been a new experience for me, but I am enjoying the opportunity to get involved with the college policy in my specialty, whilst meeting and working together with colleagues from a variety of different backgrounds. You may find yourself assuming that somebody else will step forward to take on these roles, but that is by means always the case to and, you can come to the realisation that, perhaps, this is something you could usefully contribute to.

Dr Scott Hendry, Emergency Standards Committee

Consult on clinical guidelines

Our clinical standards consultation panel comprises members of all sub-specialties and career stages who want to influence UK clinical guidance. By joining the panel, you'll be emailed opportunities in your clinical area(s) to consult on draft scopes or guidelines, review evidence or represent the College at meetings.