Scotland news

Keep up to date with the latest child health news in Scotland, and find out how RCPCH Scotland is working alongside other organisations to help improve child health.

A Year in the life of RCPCH Scotland...

We had a really busy year in 2017! Have a read at what we were up to here.  We will be working really hard to make sure 2018 will be even better for the children of Scotland!

RCPCH State of Child Health 2018: 'one year on' reception - 23 January 2018

Our report will assess progress on implementation of our recommendations for Scotland since publication of the State of Child Health report in January 2017. It will create a platform for a renewed call to the Scottish Government to prioritise child health. We are delighted to be launching this during Scotland’s first ever Year of Young People 2018!


Join us on 23 January 18:00 - 20:00 at our reception in the Scottish Parliament to examine the current state of child health in Scotland with Professor Steve Turner, RCPCH Officer for Scotland, and meet MSPs, MSYPs, a range of stakeholder partners and children and young people who will be sharing their views on health and wellbeing.

Find out more and register - contact

RCPCH Scotland eBulletin - recent edition

November eBulletin (MS Doc, 19KB)

Free media training for members - 28 March 2017

This training day will give an overview of the media, top tips for radio, television and print interviews and will also give each attendee the opportunity to take part in ‘live’ television and radio interviews.

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Parliamentary training day - Edinburgh

We hosted eleven members in RCPCH Scotland in October 2017 to provide:

  • an understanding of the lobbying work of the College
  • the role of members in lobbying on behalf of the College
  • the skills to meet, present and write to parliamentarians effectively
  • an understanding of how to communicate political issues.

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Update on our Officer for Scotland

We congratulate our Officer for Scotland, now known as Professor Steve Turner, after the award of a Personal Chair in Child Health and Wellbeing at the University of Aberdeen.


Blog: State of Child Health 2017 Strategy: Where are we now?

We have been progressing our partnerships on Scottish child health priorities to keep the agenda going forward.  Find out where we are now in our latest blog (PDF 319KB)

The Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill

This was introduced to parliament on 19 June 2017 and published the next day. 

Read briefing update (PDF 156KB) or the full bill and accompanying documents

NES Improving Wellbeing eLearning Resource

This has been developed by NHS Education Scotland for all NHS staff (in clinical and non clinical roles) throughout Scotland to raise awareness of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, support the NHS workforce to implement and embed the act in practice and describes the NHS workforce’s responsibilities under this legislation.

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Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Information and Communications Toolkit 

This has been developed to support and equip partners and front line practitioners with necessary training, guidance and information tools to aid learning and support engagement with children, young people and parents in relations to GIRFEC and the duties as set out in the Act.

More about GIRFEC

Access by joining the Knowledge Hub (PDF, 17KB, 1 page)

SIGN 145 - Assessment, diagnosis and interventions of autism spectrum disorders

Making the case for financial inclusion services in children’s hospitals - evaluation of RHSC pilot

The recent Why Children Die report published by the RCPCH in 2014 highlights the impact that poverty can have on children’s wellbeing. In 2012, a Carer’s Needs Assessment was undertaken at the RHSC in Glasgow which identified financial worries as the top issue for parents/carers with a sick child. 

Many families struggled to maintain finances with a sick child due to requiring time off work or having to give up employment to care for a sick child.  

Evaluation report (PDF, 751 KB)

Scottish membership survey

In 2015 we surveyed the RCPCH Scottish membership, with 301 individuals responding. The questions addressed your primary reasons for being a member, your experience with events and courses, your satisfaction with services and benefits, and how you would like to be involved with RCPCH Scotland.

Report of survey responses (PDF, 451 KB)

Why children die - Scottish policy response

The Why Children Die report reviews existing UK evidence on child mortality. In response, we developed a suite of recommendations to tackle premature mortality in Scotland. These recommendations cut across the three domains of government and civil society; health systems and organisations; and healthcare and public health.

Download report (October 2014) (PDF, 73 KB)

If you would like to get involved in the debate as an organisation or individual contact Claire Burnett

RCPCH Scotland eNews - previous editions

June update 2017 from Dr Steve Turner (MS Doc, 19KB)

June eNewsletter 2017

March update 2017 from Dr Steve Turner (PDF, 178KB)

March 2017

November update 2016 from Dr Steve Turner (PDF, 35 KB)

November 2016