Paediatric Care Online Partnership
In July 2014 the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics entered into a partnership to transform paediatric knowledge and care. Working with leading health experts in the UK and America, the RCPCH and the AAP are collaborating to create a UK version of Pediatric Care Online which was developed and introduced by the AAP in 2008.
This work was commissioned by the Department of Health as part of an innovative programme to improve the safety of child healthcare and in response to the poor health outcomes for children in the UK, shortfalls in training, skills and competence across the children's healthcare workforce and inefficient use of services.
Paediatric Care Online has been developed with the support of a partnership group including:
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is a charity established by Royal Charter, responsible for the training and continuing education of paediatricians in the UK. The RCPCH has over 12,000 members both in the UK and overseas.
The AAP is a professional membership organization of 62,000 primary care paediatricians, paediatric medical sub-specialists and paediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Founded in 1952 the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is the professional body for general practitioners. With over 50,000 members the RCGP represents and supports GPs on key issues including licensing, education, training, research and clinical standards.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. With over 432,000 members the RCN represents nurses, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is the professional membership body for pharmacists and pharmacy in Great Britain. The RPS leads and promotes the advancement of science, practice and education in pharmacy to shape and influence the future delivery of pharmacy driven services. They support and empower members to improve health outcomes for society through professional guidance, networks and resources.
The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is a UK Centre of Excellence supporting the development of universally high-quality health visiting practice. Launched in 2012 iHV promotes excellence in health visiting practice to benefit all children, families and communities.