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Paediatrics in the UK

Paediatricians in the UK manage a broad range of medical conditions affecting infants, children and young people.


Across the UK, Paediatricians are in high demand and with the specialty also being included on the shortage occupation list, there are extensive opportunities available across all grades in the NHS.

The sub-specialties within Paediatrics are divided into 4 key areas:

  • General Paediatrics
  • Community Paediatrics
  • Neonatology
  • Paediatric Cardiology



Hospitals in the UK will offer one of the 3 following levels of patient care:

Primary care: based in the community and general practice settings

Secondary care: usually based in a hospital setting

Tertiary care: usually based in larger district general hospitals and teaching hospitals


Working as a Paediatrician in the UK: What’s required?

MRCPCH/Equivalent or PLAB

The postgraduate qualifications accepted by the GMC in this specialty are:

  • UK: MRCPCH
  • Ireland: MRCPCI
  • Pakistan: FCPS
  • Sri Lanka: MD
  • Australia/New Zealand: FWACP
  • Singapore: MMed

Junior doctors who have completed PLAB will need up to 2 years’ experience in a solely Paediatric position to have access to opportunities across the UK.

For a comprehensive guide on the MRCPCH examination, click here

To read our in-depth guide on the PLAB examination, click here

The GMC require doctors from countries where English is not the native language to provide evidence of their English language skills. This means passing either the OET or IELTS.

Doctors from within the EEA (European Economic Area), who have completed a postgraduate qualification in their home country, are able to use this qualification, accompanied with a pass in either OET or IELTS, to attain GMC registration. 


If you would like to discuss the demand for Paediatricians in the UK, or have any questions about which qualifications may be required, please contact us.

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