2. Paediatric training in Europe

The task of harmonising training programmes and training assessments through Europe lies within the remit of the European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) which has been specifically charged by CESP to undertake this task To achieve this the EBP will recommend the standards for specialist training in paediatrics, including training quality, syllabus and minimal standards for training centres. To this end recognition has been given to the diverse training needs of different types of Paediatrician and carefully constructed training programmes have been proposed.

The EBP has designated the following training system:

A) Common Trunk – a three year training in basic Paediatrics which serves as the common basis and
prerequisite for all other training programmes. All trainees complete this before proceeding to

B) Primary Care Paediatrics – a 2-3 year programme to produce a General Paediatrician.

C) Secondary Care Paediatrics – a 2-3 year programme producing a Paediatrician with or without a special
interest practising in a hospital setting.

D) Tertiary Care Paediatrics – a 3 year programme to generate an individual with a commitment of greater
than 0.6 Whole Time Equivalents employed in a hospital setting and academically active.

E) Social and Community Paediatrics – probably part of (B) but to be defined more adequately in due course.

The training programme described in this document relates to the 3 year programme in Tertiary Care Paediatrics, that is in Paediatric Haematology and Oncology. Trainees will have completed their 3 years Common Trunk training in basic Paediatrics before starting their training in Paediatric Haematology and Oncology. Exceptionally trainees may enter the specialty from adult Medicine and Haematology; these trainees will need to undertake training in basic Paediatrics as well as training in Paediatric Haematology and Oncology.