Thrive Paediatrics

Thrive Paediatrics is a project that aims to improve the working lives of paediatricians. It recognises the many multi-layered, multifaceted challenges that the workforce is facing and identifies the need for change.

Across the country, paediatricians are doing excellent work to nudge their experiences and working lives in a more positive direction.

With funding from the Dinwoodie Foundation, we have been collaborating with two pilot Wellbeing and Innovation Networks, supporting them to use their stories to begin a journey to improve their working lives. RCPCH has developed the Roadmap for Transforming the Working Lives of Paediatricians and offers other resources to support individuals, communities and organisations with this work.

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The RCPCH Roadmap for Transforming the Working Lives of Paediatricians identifies the multi-layered challenges that our workforce faces. It offers a framework to reflect on our own stories to find areas of good practice and highlight things that can be improved.
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Wellbeing and Innovation Networks are communities of paediatric professionals with the shared drive of nudging experiences in a more positive direction. Inclusive and diverse, they offer a space to draw on each other's experiences and collaborate to act both individually and as a group.
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We invite paediatricians from all professional backgrounds to join our one-hour online drop-in sessions. Hosted by our Dinwoodie Thrive fellows, these are an opportunity to share good practice, brainstorm ideas and connect with other people in our Thrive community.

"A vision of how things could be - and should be" - Dr Jonathan Darling, RCPCH VP for Education and Training

"The NHS currently feels like a difficult place. The cost-of-living crisis, widespread industrial action and the impact of COVID-19 have all added to a system already stretched by rota gaps and capacity issues. So, to talk about thriving in our paediatric careers risks accusations of being divorced from reality, of pointless dreaming.

"But in our Thrive Paediatrics work, we venture to suggest that there is a place for a dreaming, for a vision of how things could be - and should be.

"Change will not happen simply through painting such a picture. But it is surely more likely to happen if together we develop and share that vision, and feel empowered to reach for it."

"You deserve to feel fulfilled, to be valued and nurtured" - Dr Jess Morgan, RCPCH Dinwoodie Clinical Fellow

Related updates and blogs


The children we carry at Christmas 

As Christmas approaches, Jess Morgan, one of the Thrive Paediatrics Fellows, reflects on the importance of checking in with each other and building a sense of belonging amongst the team.

‘Wellbeing’- the language we use matters

In this month’s Thrive Paediatrics blog, one of our Dinwoodie RCPCH Clinical Fellows describes the impact of the language we use when we discuss wellbeing.