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Course details

  • Duration: 2 days (day 1 can be booked as a stand-alone course)
  • Fees:
    - £395 Days 1 & 2
    - £175 Day 1 only
    ESPID members / Imperial College Healthcare & University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust staff/Wessex trainees:
     - £125 for Day 1 only
     £250 for both days
  • Venue: St Mary's campus
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Recognition of serious infection in children is a topic of national importance. Research shows that the death rate from infection in children in the UK is higher than the rest of Europe and serious infection in children is not well recognised in the acute setting.

Research from Imperial College on meningococcal sepsis in children, the leading infectious cause of death, has shown that there is inadequate recognition and initial management of meningococcal sepsis in secondary care.

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

The aim of this course is to give healthcare professionals who see acutely unwell children a practical and evidence based approach to diagnosis and management of a wide range of infections. The first day of the course aims to provide a thorough understanding of the regular pitfalls in the diagnosis of infections and will highlight the life threatening consequences of such errors.

Areas covered will include Epidemiology of Paediatric infection, The septic child, Children presenting with: neurological problems, a painful limb, Gastrointestinal presentations, Fever and a rash (to include chickenpox, Toxic shock syndrome, Kawasaki disease), Practical microbiology: new bacteria and old and Antibiotics - what to prescribe and when.

The second day of the course builds on the practical content learned during the first day. It includes a short simulation session, interactive lectures which highlight recent advances in identifying and diagnosing serious infections, and how to cope with the threat of new and emerging infections. The course ends with some salutary reminders of the need for thorough assessment in children with infections.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at doctors of all grades who assess and manage children with infections. It is particularly suited to general and specialty trainees, and consultant in general paediatrics. The content may also be of interest to nurses and other health professionals who are involved in the care of children with serious infections.

Course methods

The course runs for two days but Day 1 can be taken as a stand-alone course. Some of the teaching will be done in small group workshops using real cases to illustrate the differential diagnosis, investigation and optimal management of a variety of common paediatric presentations. There will also be lectures in practical microbiology, antibiotic prescribing and emergency care. The role of simulation will be demonstrated and discussed. Following the course there will be on-line supportive materials from the course and further reading made available.

Optional assessment

Participants have the option of completing an assessment component and on completion will be provided with an official Imperial College London transcript of results. Details of the assessment and deadline for submission will be given during the course. Please note that there is an additional assessment fee payable in full prior to submission date. Please contact us for further information.

Comments from past participants

"Good reminder about antibiotics, mechanism of action and learned about useful antibiotic considerations. Excellent pathophysiology lecture."

"Excellent day. Great learning opportunity"

"Fantastic learning opportunity. Using scenarios and clinical experiences is a more effective method to teach infection in children"