Paediatric Rheumatology

The care of children with rheumatic diseases involves a broad spectrum of conditions including inflammatory arthritis, vasculitis, and hypermobility syndromes. Rheumatologists working within multidisciplinary teams deliver holistic care for children with chronic illnesses and provide transitional care for adolescents.

This is an exciting specialty with rapid advances in research and development of new treatments translating into improving outcomes for children with rheumatic diseases. 

A day in the life of a paediatric rheumatology trainee (PDF, 76 KB)

What opportunities exist for training in paediatric rheumatology?

Following RCPCH Level 1 and 2 training in general paediatrics (ST1-4), trainees have the opportunity to sub-specialise in paediatric rheumatology either as tertiary specialist or a general paediatrician with an interest.

Tertiary specialist

The National Training Number Grid scheme allows trainees at Level 3 (ST6-8) the opportunity to sub-specialise as a tertiary specialist in paediatric rheumatology. This includes 2-3 years of tertiary specialist training and requires rotation between 2 tertiary centres. The CCT obtained will be in paediatrics and paediatric rheumatology.

How to apply

General paediatrician with an interest

For trainees wishing to train in general paediatrics with an interest (e.g. working as a consultant paediatrician in a district general hospital within a paediatric rheumatology clinical network) 12 months experience within tertiary specialist unit is required. Please note that there are not specific GMC approved training programmes available and not all deaneries offer the possibility for trainees to develop an interest in the speciality. 

A Special Interest (SPIN) module in paediatric rheumatology has been developed to guide trainees on competencies for a general paediatrician with an interest. The module can be used in conjunction with the Level 3 competency framework. This module does not change the confirmation of completion of training (CCT) the trainee will receive (ie the CCT will still be in paediatrics).

Further information on the Rheumatology SPIN module - March 2010 (PDF)

How can I find out more about paediatric rheumatology?

Curriculum documents

Paediatric Rheumatology Curriculum (PDF, 2.29MB, 174 pages)

Paediatric Rheumatology Guidance Checklist (MS Doc, 167 KB, 4 pages)

CSAC membership




Email address


Dr Anne-Marie McMahon

Training Advisor

Dr Alice Leahy 

Training Advisor

Dr Sharmila Jandial 

Quality Advisor

Dr Clarissa Pilkington 

Assessment Advisor Dr Tania Amin 

Trainee Representatives


Dr Eleanor Heaf

Dr Sarah Maltby

Related links

British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology

Paediatric Rheumatology European Society