London Specialty School of Paediatrics

Who are we?

Managed by Health Education England, in collaboration with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, we offer the broadest range of training opportunities in the UK to produce exceptional consultants skilled in all aspects of paediatrics.

Our programmes include all specialties covered by the National Grid. We are flexible to meet the needs of generalists and those wishing to develop special expertise as part of general training. Academic training opportunities are available through all the major London universities. We have an excellent success rate in securing higher degrees and subsequent programme grants.

The school has a strong philosophy of trainee involvement. Trainees contributing to the strategic committees within the school can participate in targeted leadership and organisational development programmes.

The London Specialty School of Paediatrics provides the largest paediatrics training programme in the UK, responsible for training more than 900 doctors across London and the south east.

Our objectives

The primary function of the School is to produce paediatricians who are able to deliver excellent care within the context of an evolving and dynamic service environment. To do this we aim to:

Paediatric care is founded on a unique triadic interaction between the child, the parent and the clinician.  There are also multi-agency interfaces with both education and social care. The school will ensure a joint approach to training through:

Who is the head?

Dr Andrew Long has been appointed as Interim Head of the London Specialty School of Paediatrics. This is a joint appointment with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Andrew is a consultant paediatrician at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley which is part of the South London Healthcare Trust. He was previously Director of Medical Education and Associate Medical Director within the Trust and has held a number of roles within the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Andrew intends to build on the work that has been achieved by his predecessor, Hilary Cass and help to develop the School to achieve its objective of providing excellence in paediatric training.


Within the new competency-based programme, trainees will take between 5-8 years to gain a CCT, Training is divided into three levels:

StRs will be allocated a personal programme director who will be available to guide them through the whole training process.

At each stage of training, progress can be monitored using a series of frameworks of competence. Regular assessments of competence and performance will take place using a variety of methods.  Information about competency-based assessment is available on the RCPCH website.

General Training

Trainees wishing to enter general training will also usually undertake a year or more in a chosen subspecialty, as well as further time in general posts. This will allow trainees to develop of expertise in one or two specific areas, and to take ‘special responsibility’ for these at DGH level. For example, a trainee may undertake 12-18 months oncology training in order to manage the shared care oncology in a DGH, rather than the full subspecialty training undertaken by Grid trainees who wish to practice at tertiary level.

Subspecialty Training

Paediatric Subspecialist Training programmes are currently available in accident and emergency medicine; endocrinology; neurology; gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition; respiratory medicine; paediatric intensive care; community paediatrics; neurodisability; metabolic medicine; clinical pharmacology and therapeutics; nephrology; oncology; neonatology; allergy, immunology and infectious disease; paediatric palliative care; and rheumatology.

Find out more

To find out more about training in paediatrics, visit the Royal College of Paediatrics website.

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