Clinical leadership – resources and guidance

We provide tips, guidance and support for paediatric clinical leads and clinical directors, and other paediatricians working in leadership roles.
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Last modified
27 July 2022


These resources are linked to the Paediatric Clinical Leads Development Programme. These comprise five 1-day modules that can be taken in any order, providing practical support, expertise and ideas for tackling the common and not-so-common challenges facing clinical leads.

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More resources are available on RCPCH Learning, our learning website.

Service standards and guidance

A wealth of resources, briefings and advice on current issues are available from the RCPCH Health policy team and many of them, and others, are listed below.

Our Facing the Future standards for paediatric care offer a vision of how paediatric care can be delivered to provide a safe and sustainable, high-quality service. They include:

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Workforce planning

This section provides details of relevant publications and briefings to support clinical leads in service planning and design.

Quality improvement

We launched a Quality Improvement Hub for sharing resources, tools, ideas and practical examples of improvement in practice. This is a new resource which is being developed over the next few months so feedback is always welcome.

Other tools and resources

Check out the Healthcare Leadership Model for core tools and a self assessment pack.

"Becoming a clinical lead" handbook

We are planning a series of short guides specifically for paediatric clinical leads.

Sections planned include examples of:

  • Job description specifically for a paediatric clinical lead
  • Service specification examples for general acute paediatrics
  • A paediatric ’dashboard’ used to monitor how your service is doing
  • A business case for development of an aspect of paediatric service
  • A workable template and resources for team job planning

Top tips on:

  • What is your role?
  • Things I wish I knew
  • Local induction - what every clinical lead should know
  • Terminology
  • Effective recruitment
  • Communication dos and don’ts
  • Influencing management
  • Involving children and young people
  • Specification and service design templates
  • Engagement
  • Commissioning
  • Managing difficult behaviours
  • Succession planning

We will be providing further links and ideas for template documents, tools and publications based on requests from members. Please let us know if you have anything you'd like to see or would like to contribute.