From an Association to a Royal College

The History of the British Paediatric Association and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 1988-2016

  • Alan Craft
  • Keith Dodd

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Roy Meadow
    Pages 1-8
  3. Bertie Leigh, Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick, Lord Turnberg, John Cash, Ian Lister Cheese, Bernard Valman et al.
    Pages 9-35
  4. Bernard Valman
    Pages 37-42
  5. Andrew Wilkinson
    Pages 43-45
  6. Keith Dodd, Graham Sleight
    Pages 47-49
  7. Alan Craft, Keith Dodd, Harvey Marcovitch, Melissa Rome
    Pages 51-55
  8. John Osborne
    Pages 61-71
  9. Thomas Lissauer
    Pages 73-79
  10. Mary McGraw, Amanda Goldstein
    Pages 81-90
  11. Neil McIntosh, Vic Larcher, Joe Brierley
    Pages 109-125
  12. Anne Greenough
    Pages 127-130
  13. Euan Ross, Richard Lynn, Richard Reading
    Pages 131-136
  14. Jo Sibert, Jeff Debelle
    Pages 137-142
  15. David Hull, Imti Choonara, Helen Sammons, Michael Beresford
    Pages 143-148
  16. Peter B. Sullivan, Bhanu Williams
    Pages 149-154

About this book


This book describes the history of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) covering the period from 1988 to 2014, which includes the transition from the British Paediatric Association (BPA) to the formation of the now established RCPCH.

The book contains a collection of viewpoints from paediatricians who held officer posts with the association and College through this time. The authors offer insights and reflections to help the reader understand where the College is at the moment on a variety of core paediatric issues, and significantly where it has come from. The formation of the RCPCH from the BPA was very controversial, with some members resigning from the RCP. Since then, the College has come a long way and is now recognised as the definitive body to speak for children’s health in the UK and has forged relationships with many overseas countries. It has produced influential documents, and lobbied for advances in the practice of paediatrics. It has reported on standards for how children should be cared for in emergency and urgent care settings, launched policy to improve how children are looked after in the secure estate, and produced teaching and training materials for child protection among many other contributions to child health.

Finally, it will be of interest to other Colleges and professional bodies as well as to Members and Fellows of the College.


Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Child Health History of Paediatrics Royal College of Medicine British Paediatric Surveillance Unit British Paediatric Association

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Craft
    • 1
  • Keith Dodd
    • 2
  1. 1.Sir James Spence InstituteNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Derbyshire Children’s HospitalDerbyUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-43581-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-43582-4
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