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From an Association to a Royal College : The History of the British Paediatric Association and Royal
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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 official 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 an extensive relationship with many of other countries, supporting the development of services and skills to improve paediatric care. It has produced influential documents, lobbied for advances in the practice of paediatrics (including a recent example of influencing the use of the new vaccination program for meningococcal B vaccination). 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.
This book will appeal to all professionals with an interest in the paediatric landscape over the past 25 years as well as to Members and Fellows of the College.