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


The Academic toolkit - almost everything you've ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask ...

Tue 26 Sep 2023

Academic toolkit

This 'how to guide' was jointly developed by the Academic Paediatrics Association (GB and Irelend), the UK Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children (EATC for Children) and the RCPCH.   

This is a perfect stepping-on point for anyone interested in paediatrics or already committed paediatric trainees to explore more about academic careers. There are tips on many areas such as improving your applications, academic checklists, writing a compelling PhD proposal and case studies outlining career journeys by your predecessors. Don't be surprised by the amazing variety of paths travelled - there is hope for us all. 

Access it here: https://academictoolkit.org/



New Academic posts in Birmingham

Mon 25 Sep 2023

The posts of Associate Professor (equivalent to previous senior lecturer posts) are now live on University of Birmingham jobs at the links below and job descriptions attached for info:

  1. Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor (Paediatrics)


  1. Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor (Specialty Agnostic)


The closing date is 23.59pm on 15th November 2023. 


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 2024 - abstract deadline 30 Oct 2023


The annual flagship meeting for the RCPCH is being held in Birmingham again from 25 to 27 March 2024.

The theme this year is is 'Building a bright future together'.

Abstracts should be submitted via: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news-events/rcpch-conference/submit-abstract