Workforce information and planning

We play a key role in workforce planning to ensure there is an appropriately trained paediatric medical workforce to deliver safe and sustainable services for children in the UK - in the present and in the future.
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Consultant and SAS doctor job planning toolkit

Our toolkit guides consultant paediatricians and SAS doctors in the NHS - from preparation for the first job planning meeting to objective setting and review, plus information on leave and alternative working patterns.

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To support members and other stakeholders, we collate and present paediatric workforce information in the UK via interactive maps and graphs, plus a detailed list of official resources.
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Our varied reports on the paediatric workforce in the UK are based on data we have collected via the workforce census, service audits and other research projects.

Workforce census

Our most recent census reports, published in October 2022, provide an overview of the paediatric and child health workforce, focusing on consultants and SAS doctors working in the UK, with key recommendations.
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Thrive Paediatrics

This project 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.

Latest news and blogs about workforce


RCPCH responds to NHS Practitioner Health announcement

RCPCH has responded to news about the NHS Practitioner Health announcement and calls for the mental health and wellbeing of NHS staff to be a priority focus for NHS decision makers into the future.

NHS England's 2024/25 priorities and operational planning guidance

NHS England has published the 2024/25 priorities and operational planning guidance. It sets out three core priorities for the health system for the year ahead, and the key actions to achieve these objectives. This short briefing for members summarises these actions and highlights the key points ...

Most recent resources about workforce


Paediatric rota gaps survey 2024 - about this project

We are asking College Tutors across the UK to complete a survey, or ask their relevant colleagues to do so, about rota gaps in their Trust or Health Board. The data collected will give us a better understanding of rota gaps in paediatrics and reasons. We can use this information to support our membe...