The Academic Paediatrics Association (GBI) is committed to the promotion of Academic Paediatrics and Child Health, open to all levels of clinical and non-clinical academic staff, and those with NHS appointments, who are actively involved in research and teaching related to paediatrics and child health in the UK and Eire. The aims of the Association are to promote excellence in research relevant to child health and to support the teaching of paediatrics.  Read more.

President: Professor Paul Winyard

Secretary: Professor Howard Clark

Treasurer: Professor Andrew Wilkinson


Mini-Symposium on Global Child Health

Wed 9 Mar 2022

The APA is pleased to partner with the European Society for Paediatric Research, the Oxford Global Health and Care Systems Society and the Global Health Network to promote this event,

Full details:  https://www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/event/mini-symposium-on-global-child-health/

This is not only an important chance to discover more about current and emerging challenges to global child health, but also an opportunity to meet and network with diverse experts in this field.

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Online Leadership course for the global Paediatric community

Tue 1 Feb 2022

THe IPALA have established an 8-month on-line leadership course that may be of interest to emergent paediatric leaders.

The aim is to bring both leadership skill development and connection to the global paediatric community on matters of concern to global child health.

Details are available on https://ipala.org/programs and the email link is ipalaemail@gmail.com to express an interest.



Links with the global p(a)ediatric academic community?

Mon 31 Jan 2022

There are many global initiatives in Paediatrics but an interesting new one has been signposted by Prof Kevin Forsyth from Australia: https://ipala.org/ 

We've not had enough dealings with the team to be able to comment on the group yet, so please let us know your opinions and feedback so that we can share this with other members.

ACCEA revamped into the National Clinical Impact Awards

Thu 27 Jan 2022

The old ACCEA system is in the process of being updated with an overview available here

Many things are being improved, with key changes aiming to: 

1.               Increase the number of available awards. Once the transition process for existing national CEA award holders has completed over the 5 year transitional period, there will be up to 600 awards granted annually in England.  Once the transition is completed National awards and local awards are planned to be held concurrently

2.               Re-brand the scheme. The awards have been re-branded as the ‘National Clinical Impact Awards’ to reflect to applicants and scorers that the primary focus of the awards is the output of activities rather than undertaking activities in the absence of describing their impact and results.  

3.               Re-structure the award levels. In England, the scheme now operates as a three-level award system: National 1 (lowest), National 2 and National 3 (highest). 

4.               Refresh the assessment domains. The assessment domains have been revised to combining both Delivering and Developing Service into a single new domain (Domain 1). Three domains (Domains 2, 3 and 4 have been renumbered and their emphases amended) and a new fifth domain has been introduced to allow applicants to include evidence of national impact from other unremunerated activities or where they have delivered impact over and above expectations.   

5.               Simplify the application process. A single level application process has been introduced such that applicants no longer apply for an award at a certain level. This enables applicants to attain higher level awards on first application based upon the score attained. 

6.               Remove pro-rated awards. Those working Less Than Full Time (LTFT) will no longer have their post 2022 award payments pro-rated. 

7.               Remove the renewals process. The renewals process has been removed. National Clinical Impact Awards will be held for a total of five years, at which point applicants need to re-apply. 

8.               Remove the pensionability of awards. National Clinical Impact Awards are no longer be pensionable or consolidated. 

9.               Simplify the process for employers. Employers only now need to indicate their support or their lack of support for an application and will be required to provide a citation for each applicant. Employer scoring and ranking are no longer required. 

Detailed implementation planning and operations is now underway, with the aim to open applications around April 2022, but do keep checking to ensure that you don't miss this oportunity!



RCPCH Conference 2022 - abstract deadline 17 February


The annual flagship meeting for the RCPCH is being held from 28 to 30 June 2022 in Liverpool. This year's theme is 'Connect, Energise, Inspire' – Celebrating Paediatrics and Child Health Together'.

Abstract submission date is Thursday 17 February 2022, however, as listed above: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news-events/rcpch-conference/submit-abstract

This is your chance to share your work with a wider Paediatric audience to promote collaboration and larger studies.