Diploma of Child Health (DCH) Clinical examination

This exam assesses whether candidates have reached the standard in clinical skills expected of a newly appointed General Practitioner (GP) who has completed a short period of training in paediatrics. DCH is available in the UK and some other countries, including India and Egypt.

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The DCH (Diploma in Child Health) gives recognition of competence in the care of children to General Practitioner vocational trainees, staff grades in paediatrics and trainees in specialties allied to paediatrics.

It comprises two exams:

  1. Foundation of Practice (FOP) theory
  2. DCH Clinical.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in: 

  • child development
  • clinical judgement
  • communication
  • establishing rapport with both parents and children
  • ethical practice
  • history-taking and management planning of chronic conditions
  • interpretation of data
  • knowledge and understanding of common problems in child health
  • organisation of thoughts and actions
  • physical examination
  • professional behaviour
  • safe prescribing.

How to apply

First, you need to register for exams: Create your account or sign in, go to Account (in the header), go to Register for exams and complete the short form, including your primary medical qualification. More about registering

Once registered, you can apply for an exam 

Read our guides for candidates

DCH Clinical - candidate guide UK (PDF, 3.65 MB)

DCH Clinical - candidate guide Hong Kong (PDF, 3.69 MB)

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