Message from the President - 18 December

In his final blog of 2020, Russell reflects on a challenging year as well as current growing concerns of children and young people with eating disorders. He also congratulates Camilla Kingdon and Steve Turner on their election as President and Registrar - and invites you all to join our free online Christmas Cracker celebration.

As we get ready for a very unusual Christmas, I think it’s fair to say few of us will be sorry to wave goodbye to 2020. I know many of you won’t get much of a break, but I hope you get some rest at least.

The early part of next year looks like it will be very challenging indeed, after which we can look forward to brighter days, fewer restrictions, and a return of the many things we’ve been unable to do these last 12 months. Looking back over the reflections I’ve been sharing with you this year, the first time I wrote about COVID-19 was in early February. So much was uncertain then and it was impossible to imagine the extent of what we were all about to go through. I know many of you will have had sad and gruelling experiences both personally and professionally, and I hope you get some rest in the days ahead. was great to see so many people put themselves forward [for RCPCH President and Registar].

Last week I had the great pleasure of calling Camilla Kingdon and Steve Turner to congratulate them on their election as President and Registrar. I’ve worked with both of them for a few years now and they are dedicated, kind, and totally committed to representing our members, our specialty, and most importantly of all, children and young people. These roles are fascinating, challenging and immensely rewarding. The College is in very good hands for the three years ahead. I have a few months left in post, after which I will pass the baton to Camilla. I want to thank the other candidates that stood for election; it was great to see so many people put themselves forward. The College is totally reliant on the dedication and expertise of our officers – voluntary roles – and it’s not an easy thing to stick your head above the parapet – well done to all.

Finally, we’ve had reports from many of you with concerns about increasing presentations of children and young people with eating disorders. Our communications and policy teams are gathering insights and they want to hear from you or from colleagues of yours who work in this field. Please contact

That’s all for now, apart from to say that we hope you can join us for the RCPCH Christmas Cracker, our online celebration featuring your fellow members, and children and young people. We begin at 19:30 this evening, and if you can’t make it then you can catch up over the festive season. 

Thank you for everything this last year and I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and peaceful Christmas and I'll leave you now with this fantastic image.


See you in 2021.


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