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Development of Paediatric Care online UK

Multi-million pound transatlantic partnership set to transform paediatric knowledge and care.

The RCPCH, working closely with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and other key UK professional bodies, has been commissioned by the Department of Health to deliver an innovative programme to improve the safety of child healthcare. 

PCO UK is a UK version of the American Academy of Pediatrics's (AAP) successful Pediatric Care Online tool, which supports primary care providers in the US. 

About PCO UK

PCO UK will enhance and support daily practice by providing immediate, accessible information to inform decisions at point of care, together with a repository of supporting reference material and patient/carer information.

It will offer a suite of 'Key Practice Point' decision support tools that cover common signs and symptoms and critical care situations. These will provide clinically assured advice and guidance incorporating National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance where available.

These tools are based on original US content derived from the AAP Textbook of Paediatric Care, modified for UK use following a rigorous editorial and review process by the UK specialist and primary care community. US content has been replaced by national UK guidance, where available.

Other PCO UK content will include the British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) and Public Health England’s Green Book on immunisations against infectious disease.

Who PCO UK is for

PCO UK is relevant for all healthcare professionals who see children at the ‘point-of-first contact’ in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

This includes general practitioners (GPs), Emergency Department teams, practice nurses, children’s nurses, health visitors and paramedics.

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"PiP has a lot of credibility amongst paediatricians and health care professionals. Working in collaboration, members have consistently established clinical networks in a number of speciality areas."

Jonathan Howell, Former Consultant in Public Health

"I have worked closely with PiP over a number of years, and their work has been highly influential in developing networks, both nationally and regionally".

Hilary Cass, Former President, RCPCH

"….the upskilling was excellent. The master classes covered the management of children’s acute care and everyday health problems..."

Staffordshire Moorlands GP

"PiP has raised the profile of Child Sexual Abuse across the region, encouraging, training and supporting clinicians to work in this sensitive and challenging area..."

Cheryl Sherratt - Assistant Director of Nursing (Quality and Safety)

"The Paediatric Anaesthetic Network (PAN) provides a great forum for discussion and sharing problems and ideas with like-minded people working in different hospitals."

Richard Crombie, member of the Paediatric Anaesthetic Network.

"Tēnā koutou - greetings from New Zealand...the approach PiP has adopted in the development of clinical networks....has helped inform initiatives now implemented in New Zealand’s child & youth health sector". 

Mollie Wilson, CEO , Paediatric Society of New Zealand

"I can trust the PiP 'Brand' to deliver high quality education".

Consultant Anaesthetist (attendee at Study Day)

Thank you for that amazing Workshop! I gained such a lot of invaluable knowledge' (attended Cerebral Palsy & Spasticity study day - November 2018)

Menik Upatissa, Registrar at Dudley Group NHS Trust

PiP just goes from strength to strength – well done & sincere thanks for all your leadership particularly in bringing people together & nurturing collaboration, its sincerely valued, PiP remains a ‘bright spot’ on the national landscape (November 2018)

Kath Evans, Experience of Care Lead, Maternity, Infants, Children and Young People, NHS England

I’m writing to thank everyone in PIP for their excellent guidelines, study days, senior nurse support and above all professional friendship.  My career is now taking me overseas but your philosophy will be going with me - and a copy of the PIP clinical guidelines book! 


Tess Haynes, Former Modern Matron & CNS, UHNM

Many thanks for the invitation to present. It was a really informative and thought-provoking conference and I'm happy to have been able to contribute. Also a very well organised event too!

Speaker, Learning from Child Deaths event May 2019

The event was well put together and it was a privilege to be part of the special day.

Tracey Harewood, Bereavement Care Coordinator, BWCNHSFT on Learning from Child Deaths event May 2019