RCPCH Annual Review 2019

In 2019 we saw political change and increasing workforce challenges; we continued our vital mission to transform child health, and we focused our efforts on supporting our membership. Our latest review looks at our activities, governance and finances in the previous year.

We are an evidence-driven body and charity, working to improve the quality of medical practice for children in hospital and in the community at home and internationally. We work with children, young people and their families to inform our ideas, our training and our practice.

The challenges facing the paediatric workforce are considerable and led us to launch a series of projects and campaigns during the year.

Jo Revill, RCPCH CEO

Some highlights from 2019:

  • We mark the end of the first full training year with all paediatric trainees using our new curriculum, RCPCH Progress. In consultation with consultants, trainees, employers and patients, we begin to redevleop the training programme.
  • We launch our three-year #ChoosePaediatrics careers campaign, addressing both recruitment of new paediatric trainees and retention of current paediatricians.
  • With our Trainees Committee, we produce our new trainee charter and toolkit - to signpost the right resources and enhance consistency in training delivery across the UK.
  • We launch our new online portal for Quality Improvement, QI Central, to help paediatricians improve the outcomes and experiences of the children and families they care for. We launch new, or expand existing, QI programmes in epilepsy and diabetes, and continue important work on our clinical audits.
  • Our workforce census shows a 21% gap between the actual consultant workforce and the workforce needed to meet demand and deliver safe care - as well as focused reports for each nation.
  • We publish findings from our members' survey on pension taxation, with resources to support affected paediatricians, and we urge the Government to reform the tax rules in package of urgent workforce measures.
  • Two years on from our original State of Child Health report, we produce national scorecards to track progress on our recommendations, and we continue work on our 2020 report.
  • Our engagement of children and young people through RCPCH &Us continues to underpin all our work. We work with more than 4,000 people across the UK, launch a new parent-led toolkit on 'hidden health', contribute to member resources and look at children's rights.
  • We run 77 training events, three membership ceremonies, one annual conference, one Christmas celebration and more... 

On a personal note, it has been an honour to lead the College on behalf of our members. When I look back at the year, it played out in many unpredictable ways—but we responded and participated in national debates with integrity and zeal.

Professor Russell Viner, RCPCH President