27 - 29 April 2020 (Postponed until 2021)

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Changes in service need and health care policy have enabled nurses, physiotherapists and doctors to develop new and novel roles, which directly impact on service delivery for children and their families.

Completion of this interprofessional "Paediatric Ventilation" module will enable you to expand your scope of practice and critical thinking within the clinical environment of Paediatric Intensive Care and within the discipline of Paediatric Ventilation. This clinical module is designed to empower you to acquire competence in the management of ventilation in children of all ages within Paediatric Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit areas.

Assessment, diagnosis and management of the ventilated child will be enhanced through the development of skills and knowledge in respiratory pathophysiology, paediatric ventilation strategies and weaning of ventilation. This module will also enable you to advance your critical appraisal and clinical decision-making skills and to take a strategic role in organisational decision-making. By the end of the module you will be enabled to work more autonomously, expanding your role, as appropriate, to optimise the care and management of children and families within your clinical field.

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 enable you to develop enhanced competency in the ventilation of children with a variety of illnesses who are receiving invasive and non-invasive respiratory support. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to make critical, evidence based decisions to benefit health and well being in this age group. In addition you will develop your own and others professional roles within the context of multi-disciplinary care delivery systems

At the end of the course you will be enabled to:

1. Systematically obtain, analyse, interpret and respond appropriately to clinical histories, presenting symptoms, physical findings and diagnostic information. (P)

2. Collaborate in case management through synthesis and prioritisation of historical and immediately derived data, whilst incorporating professional/legal/ethical standards into advanced clinical practice. (T/P)

3. Critically evaluate and utilise research evidence effectively to benefit patient care and to support the ongoing development of the nurse/ practitioner's role and wider service provision. (T/P)

4. Take a strategic role in organisational decision-making, balancing the need for cost effectiveness whilst delivering a high quality service within a changing society and health service. (T)

Learning outcomes will be assessed through practice.

  • T - Theory
  • P - Practice

Who should attend?

The course is designed for clinicians working within the Paediatric Intensive Care or High Dependency setting:

  • Senior nurses with the Paediatric Intensive Care Course and a minimum of 3 years post course experience.
  • Senior physiotherapists with a minimum of one years' experience and currently working within the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.
  • Medical staff who are currently working within the Paediatric Intensive Care and High Dependency setting.

Course methods

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Simulation
  • Hands on clinical practice

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

"Great course that gives a clearer understanding of the rationales for setting ventilation procedures and wearing ventilation"

"The course is extremely well organised. The context is informative and very relevant to my area of practice."

"Very good course"