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 2022

We are pleased to launch the YPHSIG 2022 essay competition for medical students. This year the essay competition has three categories to choose from:

  1. What impact can long term conditions or disability have on adolescent development and how can adolesent development impact on the long term condition of disability?

  2. Case study: the patient that changed my outlook on adolescent healthcare

  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital healthcare for adolescents?

Participants are invited to enter just one entry addressing one of the above topics. The word limit is 1500 words and submission must be recieved by 23:59 GMT on the 31st January 2022.

The prizes are:

  1. First prize consists of a £100 cash prize, entry to the 2022 Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Annual Scientific Meeting and a prize winners certificate presentation at the YPHSIG section meeting.

  2. Two runners up prizes of £25 cash and runner up certificates (delivered by post)

Full terms and conditions and details of the categories are available here. If you have any queries please contact yphsigstudent@gmail.com

AYPH: Key Data on Young People 2021

The 2021 edition of the Association of Young People's Health (www.ayph.org.uk) Key Data on Young People is being published as a website as well as a summary report for the first time. Supported by the Health Foundation, the new Youth Health Data Hub will help you find useful up to date national data about young people’s health to use in your day to day work in an accessible way, as well as links to other resources and sources of local data to help you understand more about the key issues facing your area. The data hub also includes data for classroom teaching to inform health education teaching for secondary school students, and young people’s perspectives on health topics.

Read more at www.ayph.org.uk


International Adolescent Health Week 2022

20-26 March 2022

IAAH Youth Ambassadors have decided that the theme for IAHW 2022 will be "Transitions".

  • from childhood to adulthood, physically and mentally

  • from a pre-pandemic life into a life shaped by a pandemic

  • from dependence to independence

  • from leadership from older generations to this younger one

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.

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.


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

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.