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Short courses
Nursing & Health

Paediatric Assessment
University Certificate in Professional Development

  • Note: this course is full. Applications for the 2021/22 academic year will open in July.

Course overview

We help extend your knowledge and skills in keeping with A Health Service of all Talents (DoH 2001). We also provide the 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).

  • HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants.
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

Where you study

Teesside University campus.


Course details

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

Your classroom and laboratory learning is facilitated through a systems approach and case review.

Problem based learning is used within the sessions. A practice-based workbook is used to facilitate supervised practice in your own practice setting.

The award is assessed using an objectively structured clinical examination that covers the systems approach.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should:

  • have a minimum of three 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
  • be supervised by a practice facilitator who is either an advanced, nurse practitioner, GP, consultant or SPR
  • have previous studies at level 2/ 3 in applied pathophysiology or equivalent.



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.



2021/22 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 6 sessions
  • Start date: TBC
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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