What you study
This multi-disciplinary award is of benefit to you as a professionally qualified health care practitioner, for example nurse, paramedic, health visitor, pharmacist or other allied health professional. You must have been qualified for a minimum of three years and wish to expand your role to include history taking, examination and basic diagnosis of sick infants and children. You must be practising in a community or acute health care setting that includes care and support for infants, children, and their families, for example hospital wards, accident and emergency departments, walk in centres, primary care teams, emergency services or out of hours services.
How you learn
You learn about the heart, respiratory and abdominal systems, considering the infant up to the young person. You use case histories and top to toe examinations within a lab environment.
You are assessed through an objectively structured clinical examination.
- have a minimum of two years post qualification clinical experience
- have practice manager verification that you are currently employed in a capacity which may require use if paediatric physical assessment skills
Successful completion of the award should enable you to work autonomously (subject to agreement with your line manager) to undertake a patient history and examination, request, use and interpret investigations to aid diagnosis, present and record your findings in a structured way, provide an informed opinion of the child's health status and initiate appropriate first-line treatment.