Personal Child Health Record (PCHR)

The Personal Child Health Record, also known as the PCHR or 'red book', is a national standard health and development record given to parents/carers at a child's birth.

Review of the PCHR

The PCHR is constantly under review. The content and format are overseen by a multi-disciplinary group, hosted by the RCPCH and chaired by Dr Helen Bedford. The latest review will consider different ways of presenting the content of the record.

Download the PCHR.

The RCPCH does not supply paper copies of the PCHR. If you have lost or require a new PCHR, please ask your local health visitor or health centre.

Digital version - ePCHR

The RCPCH endorses the eRedbook. This is the UK's first digital Personal Child Health Record, developed in partnership by Sitekit and Harlow Printing Ltd. The eRedbook transferred the content of the PCHR to a more secure and easily accessible online format for parents and healthcare professionals to use in the management of a child's healthcare. The electronic version does not replace the paper PCHR, but allows parents the choice on how best to access information.

The eRedbook has been clinically assured and is compliant with the PCHR standards published by the RCPCH. Development is organised through the Clinical Advisory Group and the inter-collegiate ePCHR committee. The eRedbook is currently being trialled across the UK, with further information on general availability to follow.

For further information on the eRedbook, please contact: