About the College

Founded in 1996 and now with about 17,500 members across the world, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health plays a major role in postgraduate medical education, professional standards, research and policy. 

Infant, children and young people at our core: Our three-year strategy 2015-2018

Our priorities wheel illustrates our main areas of work.RCPCH strategy, with infant, child and young person at core

Download our College Priorities and Strategy document (PDF, 3 MB)

Our mission, vision and values

Our mission is to transform child health through knowledge, innovation and expertise.

Our vision is a healthier future for children and young people across the world.

We have four values:

  • Innovate – Approach things creatively, embrace risk, view change as an opportunity, have an open mind to new ideas
  • Influence – Advocate for better child health, challenge positively, share best practice, work proactively
  • Include – Embrace diversity, ask for the voices of ICYP, work together, value everyone's input
  • Lead – Develop self and others, act as positive role models, act with integrity and honesty, encourage, praise and thank

Our key areas of work

Training, exams and professional development - We are responsible for the postgraduate training of paediatricians in the UK, provide career support and run the membership (MRCPCH) and Diploma of Child Health examinations.

Improving child health - We aim to improve outcomes through research, standards, quality improvement and policy, in the UK and globally. We aim to ensure the voice of children, young people and families in our programmes.

Member services - We support our members with a package of unique benefits. These include access to multidisciplinary educational programmes, including face-to-face courses and e-learning resources. 

News and campaigns - We engage with the media, government, NHS, charities and other stakeholders, working across the UK - Scotland, WalesIreland and England.

Our history and archive

Our history begins in 1928 when a small group of paediatricians formed the British Paediatric Association. We maintain an archive that can be searched online.

In 2017, we celebrate 21 years as a Royal College.

College structure and governance

The College is governed by College Officers - including our current President, Professor Neena Modi, Honorary Treasurer, Registrar, Vice Presidents and other Officers. Our committees help set strategy. 

About 150 members of staff work across five key areas (divisions) in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

More about the structure and governance


Find contact by query

Phone: +44(0)20 7092 6000

Email: enquiries@rcpch.ac.uk

Post: 5-11 Theobald's Road, London WC1X 8SH

The RCPCH has offices in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast - how to find us

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is a registered charity in England and Wales (1057744) and in Scotland (SC038299)