We are pleased to celebrate the launch of our Paediatrics 2040 project conclusions, which were published today (Wednesday 24 February). Please join the conversation on Twitter using @RCPCHtweets and #Paediatrics2040.
Download a copy of our executive summary report - “Our vision for the future of paediatrics in the UK”
Paediatrics 2040 was initiated in Autumn 2018 by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, looking to guide our vision of how to achieve a healthier future for children and young people. Over the last two years, we have been busy collaborating with paediatricians, experts and young people across the UK to develop our credible vision for the future of paediatrics in the UK, concentrating on four areas – data and evidence, impact of innovation, models of care, and working lives. We are now excited to share the full project conclusions.
Professor Russell Viner, RCPCH president and Paediatrics 2040 project co-chair, said:
“It’s a truism that we can only see where we truly are and where we are going, if we look up and around us. Paediatrics 2040 is the College looking up and looking around, looking out 20 years to see how best we can train and support paediatricians to care for children and young people over the next two decades. We hope Paediatrics 2040 will engage our members and bring a sense of excitement about these possible futures.”
Dr Hannah Jacob, ST7 Paediatric trainee and Paediatrics 2040 project co-chair, said:
“As a trainee, it is all too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of shift work, exam preparation, training progress. This project has been a fantastic opportunity to think big. I hope that this report will serve as a springboard for future projects, concentrating our efforts on optimising the care we provide through better systems and a highly skilled, coherent and happy workforce.”
Comment from one of our Youth Authors:
“It [Paediatrics 2040] has given me hope for the future of paediatrics, and I feel confident that future generations of young people will have better experiences with healthcare.”
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Chair, said:
“I am delighted that this landmark report has been launched – we are at an inflection point in the NHS with respect to the nature of the care we offer. Thus our children and young people stand to benefit most from rethinking healthcare, with improved integration and personalisation of care backed up by a health system where innovation and flexibility allow new technology to enhance the work of dynamic clinical teams. The insights from Paediatrics 2040 are timely and much-needed.”
Jo Revill, RCPCH CEO and Dr Camilla Kingdon, RCPCH President-Elect, said:
“As we embark upon the creation of a new three-year strategy for the College, this report could not be more timely or more welcome. The pandemic has forced us into new ways of working and new ways of thinking. It’s clear that as the body that speaks for paediatrics and child health in the UK we need to set out a clear vision for how healthcare could improve in the future for the next generation.”
As we start to think about life beyond COVID-19, we are now at a pivotal moment to change how paediatrics will look for the better over the next 20 years. Ultimately, we want to see a healthier future for all children and young people in the UK and beyond. We hope that you will find the project conclusions helpful in thinking about the future of child health, and how we can all work together to shape it for the better.
There is still time to join our dedicated launch event on Friday 26 February to discuss the project conclusions with members of the project team. More information about the programme is on the RCPCH website. The event will also be recorded and made available to view on demand.