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Course details

  • Duration: 4 weeks - 
    including live online sessions
  • Fees:
    - £395 for doctors
    - £300 nurses and AHPs
  • 10% discount for ISSOP members
  • Venue: Online
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This module will cover adolescent medical, social and mental health problems, the approach to the adolescent patient and provision of medical services for adolescents including transitional care. A particular focus will be on the sexual and mental health of adolescents.

Specific topics will include- ethical dilemmas and adolescent sexual health, common adolescent gynaecological problems for paediatricians, eating disorders in adolescents, detection of adolescent mental health problems for paediatricians (and GPs and other health professionals), how to set up an adolescent service, the adolescent with disability and causes and consequences of adolescent vulnerability.

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

Training in adolescent health and well being for healthcare professionals is essential to ensure that young people accessing our services now and in the future receive age-appropriate care and have a voice in healthcare services provided for them. Adolescent psychosocial, sexual and mental health are key topics that will be addressed in this module for future health outcomes.

Course structure & delivery

The course is run online over 4 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, 7 June: 9.30 – 12.00

Friday, 11 June: 9.30 – 11.00

Friday, 18 June: 9.30 – 11.00

Friday, 25 June: 9.30 – 11.00

Friday, 2 July: 9.30 – 12.00

*Dates may be subject to change

Learning outcomes

The short course will provide healthcare professionals with skills and knowledge needed to communicate effectively with young people and to plan for health services specific to adolescent needs with the aim of  helping young people to lead healthier and more active lives.

Who should attend?

This course will benefit paediatricians, GPs, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals involved in Child Health.

As the course is a multi-professional programme, students will develop an understanding of how their own individual behaviours, and those of the teams within which they work, can have a significant influence on the quality of care delivered.

Comments from past participants

"Fantastic, great subject matter, has practical implications, delivered by specialists."

"Good resources and accessible data. "

"Excellent tips on nuances of interviewing adolescents."