Paediatric respiratory medicine - sub-specialty

Respiratory paediatricians are clinicians who have detailed knowledge and understanding of the respiratory system in children.

Read about this clinical area and download the syllabi for both sub-specialty and for generic specialty training. We also have an educational supervisor guide.

Introduction to this sub-specialty

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.

Training in this sub-specialty

In summer 2023, we launched RCPCH Progress+, our updated, two-level paediatric training programme in the UK.

Paediatricians start in core training, and then move on to specialty training - when some choose to apply to train in a paediatric sub-specialty, such as respiratory medicine.

The Progress+ curriculum provides a framework for paediatric training, and outlines the Learning Outcomes and Key Capabilities required at each stage before attaining the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

The RCPCH Progress+ syllabi support the curriculum with further guidance on how the Learning Outcomes can be achieved and demonstrated, with sub-specialty Learning Outcomes. You can download the Progress+ syllabi for this sub-specialty and for specialty training (generic) below. 

Trainees due to CCT by September 2024 continue to use the Progress curriculum and syllabi; you can also download the the Progress syllabi below.