Journey Through the Specialities


Paediatrics is the umbrella term for the care of children and so it includes every speciality that there is in adult care but for children. Paediatricians can be found in primary, secondary or tertiary care settings making it career with a huge range of opportunities. Paediatrics has a very holistic approach and cares not just for the physical health of the children, but also their mental and social wellbeing as well.

As a result of the vast career, there are many sub-specialities within including emergency medicine, neonatal medicine, oncology, palliative medicine, intensive care medicine and child mental health services making you part of a massive and vital multidisciplinary team. Adaptability for this job is essential as, for example, the treatment of babies is extremely different to the treatment of teenagers who are often nearly adults so paediatricians must be able to rapidly meet the needs of diverse patients throughout their working day.


Speciality Breakdown

This is a run through programme consisting of three levels. All doctors complete levels 1 (ST1-3) and 2 (ST4-5) in general paediatrics and then at level three, doctors can decide where they want to remain in general paediatrics or complete their training in a chosen sub-speciality which is the years of ST6-8. 

– This job is extremely rewarding and can be much more uplifting at times due to working with children. 

– A great opportunity to communicate with lots of people if this is something that appeals to you as the career has a very holistic approach dealing with both the children and their families.

– Paediatrics prides itself in being a progressive speciality with a focus on flexible training and working schedules.  

– This can be a very emotionally challenging job as doctors usually build a close relationship with their patients and so it can be really difficult if these patients are critically ill and unfortunately die. This is emphasised when treating children rather than adults. 

– The training pathway can be long and in some cases taking up to 15 years (excluding intercalation) to specialise in paediatrics from leaving college or sixth form.

– Paediatrics involves effectively treating the child and the family as they are such a big part of the process. This includes managing their ideas, concerns and expectations as well as supporting them if their child is unwell as often, they will suffer equally as much. Due to the heightened emotions, paediatrics is notorious for resulting in legal battles particularly surrounding concerns about consent and acting in the best interest of the patient even if this means making difficult decisions that the family do not like.