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Paediatric Assessment University Certificate in Professional Development

This course is an opportunity for NHS Trusts to further develop their workforce in order to initiate alternative models of practice which reflect the challenges of the Children's NSF (DoH 2005), Every Child Matters (DFSE 2006), the need of their local population and NHS Plan (DoH 2000).


6 sessions


Course overview

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 two 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.

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Where you study

Teesside University campus.


Course details

What you study

You learn about the heart, respiratory system, HEENT (head, eyes, ears, nose and throat) and abdominal systems, considering the infant up to the young person. You use case histories and top-to-toe examinations within a lab environment.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through an objectively structured clinical examination.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should:

  • 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



Career opportunities

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.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 6 sessions
  • Start date: January and April
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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