Paediatric rheumatology - sub-specialty

Paediatric rheumatologists care for children and young people with a range of conditions, from mechanical pains and juvenile arthritis to complex multi-system inflammatory disorders. Find out more about this sub-specialty and its curriculum.

What makes a paediatric rheumatologist?

A paediatric rheumatologist is a doctor who cares for children and young people with a range of conditions, from mechanical pains and juvenile arthritis to complex multi-system inflammatory disorders. They rely on history-taking, examination and communication with other professionals, as the conditions they manage often do not have specific diagnostic tests.

Central to their work is liaising with the multidisciplinary team (MDT) – particularly, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists. They support collaborative work within clinical networks, are competent in practical skills such as joint injections and have expert understanding of the drugs used to target the inflammatory pathway.

Paediatric rheumatologists belong to a rapidly developing specialty that encourages a range of clinical and academic interests, including clinical, educational and basic science research. They are committed to contributing to collaborative research studies and clinical trials, with the aim of improving outcomes for children and young people with rheumatological conditions.

RCPCH Progress curriculum

From 1 August 2018, sub-specialty trainees will use the RCPCH Progress Level 3 Generic syllabus, alongside the RCPCH Progress Paediatric Rheumatology Syllabus,  which are available to download below.

Sub-specialty learning outcomes

In addition to the generic learning outcomes for level 3, paediatric rheumatology trainees must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Performs the high-level clinical and technical skills required in paediatric rheumatology.
  • Assumes a leadership role within the paediatric rheumatology team, including sharing responsibility for service delivery, research and education.
  • Liaises effectively with hospital and community teams and networks to manage the spectrum of conditions that are encountered in paediatric rheumatology.
  • Effectively manages and coordinates patient flow, staffing, safety and quality in the context of a paediatric rheumatology MDT or network.

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