Paediatric respiratory medicine - sub-specialty

Respiratory paediatricians are clinicians who have detailed knowledge and understanding of the respiratory system in children. Find out more about this sub-specialty and its curriculum.

What makes a respiratory paediatrician?

Respiratory paediatricians are skilled in providing holistic care to manage respiratory health and ill-health in infants, children and young people. At a tertiary level, they have highly specialised skills to manage complex acute and chronic conditions including difficult-to-treat asthma, cystic fibrosis and rare lung disease. They have expertise in technical skills including flexible bronchoscopy and the care of technology-dependent children.

Respiratory paediatricians deal with challenging problems of diagnostic and therapeutic uncertainty in their field of medicine. In doing so, they interact with many medical and surgical specialties to improve outcomes in children with lung disease in acute and chronic settings. They have a significant interest in patient responsibility and hold clinics in a variety of settings, including sharing care within clinical care networks. They advocate on public health issues at the individual, local and national level to promote lung health.

RCPCH Progress curriculum

As of 1 August 2018, sub-specialty trainees use the RCPCH Progress Level 3 Generic syllabus alongside the RCPCH Progress Paediatric Respiratory Medicine 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, paediatric respiratory medicine trainees must fulfil the below requirements.

  • Demonstrates proficiency in providing holistic care to manage respiratory health and ill-health in infants, children and young people, including the promotion of respiratory health.
  • Demonstrates tertiary level specialist skills to manage complex acute and chronic conditions, including difficult-to-treat asthma, cystic fibrosis (CF) and rare lung disease.
  • Demonstrates expertise in technical skills, including flexible bronchoscopy and the care of technology-dependent children.

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