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8 February - 12 March 2021 (Online)
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Course details

  • Duration:  5 weeks - 
    including live online sessions
  • Fees:
    - £395 Medical doctors and consultants
    - £300 Nurses and allied health professionals
  • 10% discount for Imperial College/ICHNT staff
  • Venue: Online
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This course looks at Medical Law and Ethics as applied to Paediatric Practice, including negligence, confidentiality, child protection, research, end of life care, organ donation, reporting of deaths and the Coronial process.

The course is part of a range of short courses spread throughout the academic year which are available both to students who are enrolled on the MSc in paediatrics and child health and as stand-alone CPD accredited programmes for all healthcare professionals. The courses are offered in line with level 3 of the RCPCH curriculum.

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Course aims

Acquisition of basic knowledge of medical law and ethics relating to all aspects of paediatric practice, with an emphasis on legal principles and current professional guidance. 

Acquisition of problem-solving skills necessary to solve practical problems in paediatric practice through debate and discussion.

Familiarisation with the Coroner’s Court and the Coronial process.

Course structure & delivery

The course is run online over 5 consecutive weeks. The course is a blend of guided self-directed learning and synchronous live online sessions. Work will include group sessions, individual efforts and presentations as well as interactive discussions.  

The course adopts an active learning strategy which consists of: ​ 

  • ​Pre-course work with activities to prepare for the course.
  • Self-directed tasks such as reading, researching & watching lectures with related activities to enhance & consolidate your learning​​.
  • Group work and group presentations.
  • Case-based learning and practical guidance where relevant.

All teaching is delivered by highly experienced paediatric practitioners and educators.

It is estimated that you will conduct 7 - 10 hours per week of guided and self-directed learning. You will be required to complete at least 80% of learning activities to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Online sessions
The synchronous online sessions will be delivered on the following dates:

Monday, 8 February: 9.00 – 11.00 

Friday, 12 February: 14.00 – 16.00 

Thursday, 18 February: 14.00 – 16.00 

Friday, 26 February: 14:00 – 16:00 

Friday, 5 March: 9.00 – 11.00 

Thursday, 11 March: 13.00 – 16.30

*NB dates may be subject to change

Who should attend?

Open to doctors, nurses, students of medicine or law.

Benefits of attending

The course will enhance your understanding of the ethical and legal principles of treating children. It includes the concepts of autonomy/capacity/best interests and negligence, as well as covering the topics of confidentiality and consent, child protection and The Children Act 1989, research ethics in children, end of life decision making and limitations to treatment and conflict resolution – a practical approach. It also looks at aspects of child death including the role of the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), death certification and post mortem examinations, the Coroner's role and Inquests.