Understanding Who To Contact

“Communication is key!”

LSP is all about further enriching paediatric training in London by creating opportunities, answering queries and signposting trainees to various resources - none of this can be done without an effective communication structure. 

AIM:  Ensuring all trainees have equal access to resources, learning opportunities and career development across London. 

After consulting with trainees and TPDs, we have made this comprehensive communication document with the aims to:

  1. CLARIFY and define the roles of the various organisations involved with paediatric training in London
  2. SUMMARISE the roles of our various communication platforms including guidance on how to use them
  3. ADVISE trainees, TPDs and those on the trainee committee on who to contact and when for various queries


WHO’S WHO? - LSP? NHSE? RCPCH? Trusts? College Tutors? TPDs? HoS?

“Who are they & what do they have to do with Paediatric training?”


For those new to the NHS, or even those who have been around a while, the relationships between the LSP, NHSE and the RCPCH can be confusing!

And what about trusts and NHSE? What is the difference between a College Tutor and a TPD?


The MISSION of all these bodies is to take trainees and develop them to the point of becoming a consultant - gaining a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT)

To do this:

  1. Trainees must demonstrate competencies as defined by the RCPCH, who set the curriculum. 
  2. This can’t happen in a vacuum, trainees need a curated clinical experience. This is where NHS England, Work, Training, Education division (NHS-E WTE) comes in. (This is the new name for HEE- Health Education England).
  3. NHS-E send trainees to a TRUST with the money to allow them to gain experience and these competencies. The NHS E team also oversees measures of progression (ARCP) and other aspects of training (LTFT, OOP).
  4. At each trust, there is a Consultant Paediatric COLLEGE TUTOR who is responsible for that trust’s paediatric postgraduate medical education.
  5. Those working at NHS E WTE need advice from training experts, so they have hired TPDs (Training Programme Directors). These are consultant paediatricians aware of the needs of training. They set placements suitable for each trainee, to develop specific aspects of training, essentially making trainee time at trusts as useful as possible. These TPDs are both part of NHS E WTE and the London School of Paediatrics.
  6. The LSP (London School of Paediatrics) is the peer support network for trainees in London, doing all it can to:“To set the gold standard in paediatric training by fostering a fun, supportive, and inclusive community”
  7. The HoS (Head of School), is a consultant paediatrician who oversees the work of LSP including TPDs and the LSP Trainee Committee.
  8. The LSP Trainee Committee is made up of trainee paediatricians in London, recruited via a competitive application. The committee is made of several subcommittees:
  • Academic
  • Connected
  • Education
  • Everyday Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Surviving and Thriving
  • Working lives and LTFT

To find out the mission statement and aims of each subcommittee (and how to contact them!) visit the LSP website

Bonus fact!

NHS E’s terms of reference comes from the Gold Guide, a reference guide for all postgraduate specialty training in the UK, which is produced by COPMeD (Conference Of Postgraduate Medical Deans in the UK)!

To conclude: When you are unsure about how to get some information, firstly try to get it from the correct and most applicable source and the appropriate website. If it can’t be found, email the right body. 

Click on all the links below to get the relevant contact details: