Community child health - sub-specialty

These doctors work with vulnerable groups of children, including those with developmental disorders and disabilities, complex behavioural presentations, and at risk of abuse or are being abused. Find out more about this sub-specialty and its curriculum.

What makes a community child health paediatrician?

A community child health paediatrician is a doctor who has expertise in working with vulnerable groups of children and their carers. They also have a particular role with children who are 'looked after or are in the process of being adopted.

They hold clinics in a variety of settings, including schools, with an emphasis on continuity of care, and have strong skills working with multiple agencies, particularly with education and social care.

Community paediatricians have a vital role in planning and implementing local strategies to improve the health of all children in their area, including safeguarding policies and overseeing universal and targeted lifestyle programmes.

RCPCH Progress curriculum

As of 1 August 2018, sub-specialty trainees use the RCPCH Progress Level 3 Generic syllabus alongside the RCPCH Progress Community Child Health Syllabus which is available to download below.

Exceptions to this are those trainees who will CCT (certificate of completion of training) before 15 September 2019 - the 2010 curriculum is available to download below.

Sub-specialty learning outcomes

In addition to the generic learning outcomes for level 3, community child health trainees must fulfil the below requirements.

  • Demonstrates proficiency in the paediatric assessment and management of vulnerable children, including those with developmental disorders and disabilities.
  • Adopts a leading role with children who are at risk of abuse or are being abused and for those who are 'looked after', and can contribute to the process of adoption.
  • Demonstrates strong skills in working with multiple agencies, particularly with education and social care.
  • Actively participates in planning and implementing local strategies to improve the health of all children in their area, including safeguarding policy and overseeing universal and targeted lifestyle programmes.
  • Contributes with other professionals to the management of children with life-limiting complex disability.

Any queries, please contact progress@rcpch.ac.uk