Welcome to the home page of the Young People's Health Special Interest Group an association of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK.

The YPHSIG aims to raise the profile of young people's health and promote the development of high quality health services for young people in the UK. We are an association of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and membership is open to paediatricians and other healthcare professionals working with young people.

For further details on becoming a member of the Young People's Health Special Interest Group or to apply on line click here.

Student Essay Prize Winner 2021

The winner of the YPHSIG Student Essay prize 2021 is Rebecca Howitt, a third-year medical student at the University of Oxford.

Her essay “What improvements should be made to adolescent healthcare in the UK over the next decade and what steps could be taken to reduce socio-economic heath inequalities?” impressed our panel of judges with its ideas for increasing service accessibility and improving transition to adult services.

You can read her full essay below.

Congratulations also to runners up: Ishika Bansal (University College London) and Monica Mangoro (University of Nottingham) who both showed great insight in their reflections on young people's healthcare.

Paediatrics 2040

This report was initiated in 2018 by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, looking to guide their vision of how to achieve a healthier future for children and young people.

RCPCH Conference 2021

RCPCH conference has been confirmed from 15-17 June 2021 (virtually) with the YPHSIG joint session on the 16 June (timing TBC). Abstracts are currently open until Wednesday 10 March.

Ann McPherson Memorial Lecture 2021

Dr Ann McPherson, an Oxford GP was a key figure in the development of adolescent health in the UK. This year is the 20th anniversary of the amazing Dipex charity she set up. Philip Pullman is giving this lecture - "The Importance of Stories."

Joint Statement on Virtual Consultations

The YPHSIG have written a joint statement about virtual consultations with the AYPH and Adolescent Health Group for RCGP, endorsed by the RCPCH and RCGP.

Student Essay Prize

The 2021 prize is now closed for submission and this year's judges are working through the difficult task of finding a winner. Results will be announced soon.


The YPHSIG has developed an app which includes an aide memoire for the HEEADSSS adolescent psychosoclal assessment .

Adolescent Health Programme

E-learning modules free to NHS staff and UK medical students

Upcoming events

Training in Adolescent Health

An association of the RCPCH

What's happening

Evidence Based Adolescent Health

Clinical and Other Resources