Paediatrics and Child Health

The School of Paediatrics is committed to ensuring that Wales offers a high quality, curriculum driven, sustainable training programme with the aim of producing paediatricians of the highest calibre who will deliver the best possible care for children and their families.

The training programme is currently being reconfigured with the aim of consolidating training rotas to meet the recommendations of both the RCPCH and the Temple report. The School maintains close contact with College Tutors, Local Programme Directors and Educational Supervisors in each health board, ensuring that training closely follows the standards set by the RCPCH.

Trainees are pivotal in the development and running of the school.

We aim to develop paediatricians who are:

  • sensitive to the needs of children and young people, and who can communicate effectively with children, young people and their families.
  • safe and competent in all settings in which they are required to deliver service.
  • able to respond to the changing expectations of the public and the broader NHS, and who are able to continuously develop and adapt their practice to meet future healthcare needs.
  • able to understand their leadership and advocacy role in delivering and developing child and family-centered services.
  • able to demonstrate skills that are essential to ensure good multidisciplinary, family and multi-agency working skills.

Trainee Quotes

'I have been very happy with my community placement in Singleton Hospital. My supervisor has been very supportive and helped me gain confidence in managing community patients. She has spent time discussing my patients and offering guidance and I have always felt very well supported. The whole department including doctors, therapists, school nurses, secretaries have been very friendly and extremely helpful. I always felt that I could ask them for advice and guidance. I have enjoyed my community experience and this is a post that I would highly recommend.' - Feedback from an ST3 trainee on her community placement.

'Having this week commenced my consultant post, I think now is a good time to thank the Wales Deanery for its help and support throughout my training. In particular I would like to thank the Training Programme Directors and Head of School, who have been a valuable source of advice and information at various stages throughout my programme.' - Dr Ian Morris

'I really enjoyed my time in the Paediatric Department at Glangwili Hospital. The staff are extremely supportive and friendly. I was given opportunities to act up as a registrar, but always felt very supported at these times.I have seen many interesting cases and been directly involved in their management, learning how to stabilise sick patients and organise their transfer to intensive care centres.' - Feedback from Dr Rachel Morris on her ST3 placement at Glangwili Hospital.

'Excellent place for a trainee to progress. Supportive seniors, who are keen in teaching and supporting the trainees to progress.' - Feedback from Dr Lekha Sridhar on her ST5 placement at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

'As a final year trainee this job gave me the right mix of general paediatrics, neonates and outpatient experience. I also had plenty of opportunities to develop and improve my leadership and management experience, It's a fantastic job to do before becoming a consultant.' - Feedback from Ramya Venkataramakrishnan on her ST8 placement at Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

'Overall an excellent placement with a supportive and friendly consultant team that has exposed me to a wide variety of common and rarer paediatric presentations and conditions and supported my learning well for the RCPCH clinical exam.' - Feedback from Dr Chris Course on his ST2 placement at University Hospital of Wales. 

'Excellent learning opportunities, plenty of scope to take ownership of patients whilst still having appropriate degree of supervision available at all times. Able to experience many aspects of community paediatrics which offer fantastic training opportunities.' - Feed back from Dr Kathryn Glenn on her ST7 Community Paediatrics placement.

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