Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Founded in 1996 and now with over 18,000 members across the world, RCPCH play a major role in postgraduate medical education, professional standards, research and policy.

Aims of the College

Our mission is to transform child health through knowledge, innovation and expertise. Our vision is a healthier future for children and young people across the world.


Our Mission

  • To make the health and wellbeing of infants, children and young people the core of all we do
  • To ensure every paediatrician has the knowledge, expertise and support to promote child health and to care for infants, children and young people with health needs
  • To make a measurable contribution to the improvement of health and wellbeing of infants, children and young people in the UK and across the developing world
  • To inform, influence and shape policy and practice so that UK health services provide high quality, safe and sustainable health care services for all children in all settings.


Our Charity Objectives

  • To advance the art and science of paediatrics
  • To raise the standard of medical care provided to children
  • To educate and examine those concerned with the health of children 
  • To advance the education of the public (and in particular medical practitioners) in child health; which means the protection of children, the prevention of illness and disease in children and safeguarding their optimal development.



We have placed more than 100 clinicians in our programmes across a range of low-resource settings. Our teams work with local staff to improve the care provided to infants, children and young people in very challenging areas of the world. When our teams return to the NHS, many report improved capabilities, not just clinically but also in teaching, effective audit and management of quality improvement projects.

The success of our work relies heavily on the dedication of UK clinicians. We recruit and prepare doctors, nurses and midwives who help us in all aspects of programme delivery, usually through longer-term placements overseas in the Global Links programme.

Our placements include:

  • training and mentoring of local healthcare staff
  • transferring skills in paediatric and neonatal care
  • building the capacity of PICU (paediatric intensive care unit), NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), OPD (outpatient department) and paediatric emergency services
  • conducting clinical audits and quality improvement projects.


What do we offer and why join the programme?

We cover:

  • support in getting long term leave from your current role
  • all pre-departure costs (comprehensive medical insurance, return flights, inoculations, anti-malarials, PEP kit, etc.)
  • accommodation while overseas.
  • a monthly living allowance
  • comprehensive pre-departure training course (security training, Child Health in Low-resource Settings (CHiLS , leadership training, cultural awareness, ETAT+, Training to Teach).

To find out more, get in touch with the Global team. 

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