About our Paediatrics 2040 project

Economic, political, and social changes mean that the role of paediatricians - and the shape of paediatrics - is very different today to what it was two decades ago. It is likely that two decades from now, in 2040, the delivery of paediatrics in the UK will be very different.

Paediatrics 2040 will develop predictions of future child health outcomes to understand what future requirements for paediatric services may look like, and identify innovations that will change the way paediatric services are delivered.

Using these predictions, the project will develop proposals for future models of care and a vision of how future workforces that will best serve the needs of children and young people's (CYP) populations in 20 years’ time.

I want us to move from being reactive or having a short-term future outlook to having a long term vision 

Russell Viner, RCPCH President

The project will work across four lines of enquiry to develop a vision for the future. We will:

  1. Develop an understanding of the future burden of need for paediatric services - by forecasting future CYP population, burden of disease and health care activity trends - see data and evidence
  2. Develop an understanding of how innovation and technology will impact the delivery of paediatric services in the future - see impact of innovation
  3. Develop scenarios for future models of care that ensure the health needs of children and young people are properly served across the four nations of the UK - see new models of care
  4. Develop a vision of future workforce requirements and training to ensure we continue to attract and retain a paediatric workforce that is well equipped to provide the best possible services for children and young people - see working lives

The College will use the findings and strategies stemming from the project to continue to influence the future shape of paediatric care. This will include engagement with governments across the UK and national NHS bodies to ensure that the recommendations we make are adopted.

How can you get involved?

We'll be inviting members and other health professionals to input. For regular updates, follow @RCPCHtweets or #paediatrics2040 on Twitter. And, be sure to bookmark our meeting us page where we'll list events where you can speak with us.