About the workforce census

Our census is conducted every two years. It gathers data on the UK's paediatric services and acts as a measure against current standards and guidance.

The most recent census launched in autumn 2017, when we contacted all Clinical Directors and Leads of UK paediatric medical services to request data for submission by 31 July 2018.

What data do we collect?

We undertook our first workforce data collection exercise in 1986 and have been running a paediatric workforce census in its current form every two years since 1999.

We collect data in the following areas:

  • the paediatric workforce – workforce numbers, vacancies, types of paediatric post, workforce characteristics, contracts and job planning
  • child health services in the UK – service configuration, acute services, lead roles, safeguarding, and subspecialty services.

You can download the dataset below.

Why do we collect data?

  • Provide members and other stakeholders, including the public, with a unique view of the growth and trends in the UK paediatric workforce.
  • Provide members and others with data that can be used to benchmark and improve standards at local, regional and national levels.
  • Provide valuable data for developing the RCPCH workforce planning strategy. Inform the development of service standards and workforce guidance, such as those for short stay paediatric assessment units (SSPAUs), paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition services and community child health services.

You can download our privacy notices below.

How do we collect data?

Data is collected via the RCPCH Net Solving data collection system.

  • All data can be accessed via a central proforma by selecting one of eight tabs containing the different areas of information relating to your service.
  • You will be able to move onto different questions and tabs even when required data has not been entered; answers to required questions, however, will be needed in order to submit the final return for your organisation.
  • Lead users will be able to assign colleagues in their organisation to enter data by adding their name and email.
  • A flexible system of question sensitive help exists and users can add comments throughout the system.
  • There is a colour-coded key for you to track progress on each section of the census.

For reference, you can download our user guide below.