A regular blog by RCPCH President, Professor Russell Viner
9 October 2020
Russell's term as President finishes next spring, as does that of our Registrar, and so the College is looking for clinicians who can bring their passions and priorities to these roles. And, we continue our calls to protect and restore children's health services this winter with a new statement, plu...
25 September 2020
As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, Russell reflects on what we have achieved together so far. Looking at newly released guidance, reports and webinars he also explores the RCPCH conference online and the sizeable collection of resources being made available through this - free to all our membe...
11 September 2020
Russell thanks members, volunteers and staff for all the achievements over the past six months, reflecting on the many phenomenal impacts these have made. He announces the launch of the new #ChoosePaediatrics campaign and what's to come from the clinical and staff advisory group, and also explores e...
28 August 2020
Russell explores workforce retention and announces future plans at RCPCH, including our first Officer for Retention, an upcoming live Q&A on retaining the workforce and announces applications for the roles of President and Registrar.
14 August 2020
As we approach mid-August, Russell's address to members looks at the reopening of schools and our guidance on shielding. He also invites members to join the upcoming Q&A on our equality, diversity and inclusion action plan.
3 August 2020
Russell has heard from many members with concerns for at-risk and vulnerable children in this period, and we're now seeking your insights. He also welcomes the UK government's recent announcement about obesity and junk food advertising, but we need to understand how people's lives are and see the de...
26 June 2020
We're now starting to look forward- as we make the case for children and young people should we experience a second wave of COVID-19 this winter, and reimagine the future of child health services, as outlined in our first Paediatrics 2040 report.
19 June 2020
In this week's address to members, Russell highlights our recent work on schools, including a widely-covered open letter to the Prime Minister and support for Marcus Rashford's free school meals campaign.
12 June 2020
It's week 16 in our new hyper-reality and it's again been a pretty complex period. In this week's address to members, Russell highlights new College statements on BAME inequalities, shielding and supporting LGBTQ+ children and young people, as well as our continued focus on restarting services.
5 June 2020
It's been a sobering week, and in this message to members, Russell affirms the College's solidarity with BAME colleagues, particularly at this time. He also reports from yesterday's Council and AGM meetings where we discussed COVID-19 and our principles for recovery, among other important subjects.