Workforce Issues

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A workforce strategy for community paediatrics

Executive Summary

  1. Longstanding workforce shortages in community child health (CCH) are having an adverse impact on waiting times and service delivery, leading to unacceptable delays for patients
  2. Recruitment is improving but is not keeping pace with the growing demand for CCH services
  3. A multifaceted approach is required to improve recruitment and retention to meet clinical demand.
  4. BACCH will support its members by implementing the action plan outlined in this workforce strategy, highlighting the current situation and arguing the strong case for enhancing and supporting CCH services. It will work with and alongside other organisations e.g. RCPCH, other Royal Colleges, service commissioners, providers and health education organisations to achieve its aims.
Oct 2019
BACCH Shortage occupation list Review 2018:
- BACCH Response
- additional evidence from BACCH Workforce Officer
December 2018

Covering all the bases
Community Child Health: A paediatric workforce guide

RCPCH and BACCH are developing resources to support workforce planning for community paediatric services.

This work aims to update and broaden the guidance developed by BACCH in 1991 (PDF) and the more recent ‘prospectus', and associated calculator for community paediatrics services. It will support service design and commissioning for a population to ensure high quality care based on national standards and best practice.

RCPCH Workforce Census 2015 March 2017
RCPCH Previous Worforce censuses various
CfWI Feb 2012
BACCH Community Paediatric Workforce Requirements: To meet the needs of children in the 21st century

Job Planning

The following exemplar job descriptions for community child health paediatricians should be used a guide only.


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