Workforce and service design

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.
The RCPCH 2017 census highlights the structure of all paediatric services and acts as a measure against current standards and guidance. We collect data on the paediatric workforce and child health services in the UK.
This is high profile news: at least 752 more consultant paediatricians are needed in the UK. This short report sets out key findings from our 2015 census and makes recommendations for actions to improve the workforce.
Community child health (CCH) is the largest paediatric sub-specialty, focusing on the care of vulnerable children and families, children with long-term conditions and child public health. Our resources support workforce planning.

Our invited reviews service supports organisations and clinical teams to resolve concerns about paediatric service provision, safety, training, compliance with standards and proposals for paediatric reconfiguration or service design.

Our standards for paediatric care offer a vision of how paediatric care can be delivered to provide a safe and sustainable, high-quality service that meets the health needs of every child and young person.