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December 2018 blog now available

posted : 10/12/18

December's PCO UK editorial blog is now available, written by Mrs Doreen Crawford, PCO UK KPP Reviewer and Nurse Consultant. This blog edition has a Christmas theme, focussing on bereavements, neglect and trauma, as well as mental health. Read more



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UK-WHO Growth Charts added

posted : 27/11/18

Growth is an important indicator of child health. By using growth charts to compare height and weight, child health professionals can tell whether a child is growing as expected.

As of today you can now access and download the UK-WHO Growth Charts from the dedicated PCO UK page.



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New Key Practice Point topics published

posted : 24/10/18

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2018 Key Practice Point (KPP) topics, covering the signs, symptoms and care situations for the following:

*To mark World Mental Health Day, three of the above new Key Practice Points focus on important areas of mental health for children and young people.

The editorial team worked with a number of healthcare professionals and paediatric specialty groups to produce these topics in line with our robust editorial process

KPPs continue to provide concise, easy-to-use decision support tools to assist healthcare professionals with diagnosis and treatment management at the point of care. We will continue to update and provide new content to ensure PCO UK remains a valuable source of support and information.


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Self-accreditation for CPD through use of PCO UK

posted : 11/10/18

While preparing for appraisal or re-validation with your personal development plans (PDP), you can trust PCO UK to help show that you are keeping your knowledge up to date and learning about the latest, evidence-based developments in your specialty.

We are pleased to announce that after discussions with the RCPCH Education & Professional Development team we have been granted use of the below statement:

"PCO UK may be a useful resource for national and international doctors’ continuing professional development (CPD). Learning from reading and reflecting on articles may be self-accredited for CPD in line with a doctor’s own professional or regulatory body guidelines." 

By using the RCPCH CPD scheme, and online CPD diary, you have the tools at your fingertips to support in planning, reflecting on and recording your learning and creating PDPs.

The RCPCH CPD scheme provides a framework to assess your educational needs and to identify and plan appropriate learning activities on a continuous basis within the context of your Professional Development Plan. The scheme is consistent with Academy of Medical Royal Colleges CPD guidance, and can help you to ensure you are meeting GMC requirements for re-validation and CPD.

Paediatric doctors should refer to the RCPCH CPD scheme guidance for more information or contact the team at pco@rcpch.ac.uk.


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Autumn PCO UK update now available

posted : 20/09/18

We are pleased to announce the first PCO UK Update for Autumn 2018. 

In this Update we look at what has been happening over the summer months, leading into autumn, and how evolution is taking hold of the platform nearly 3-years after launch by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in 2016.

It also brings to you the latest news, including developments, new releases, relevant events and courses of interest, as well as sharing the work of our colleagues.

Read the Autumn Update here.


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Key Practice Point topics updated

posted : 28/08/18

As PCO UK enters its third year the editorial team, supported by RCPCH Trainees, have undertaken work to review and update the older Key Practice Points (KPP). 

We are pleased to announce that to start this rolling update programme off we have successfully updated 33 KPP topics available on both the app and website.

We worked with over 15 paediatric trainees to review and update the KPP topics in line with our robust editorial review process. 

The revised KPPs continue to provide concise, easy-to-use decision support tools to assist healthcare professionals with diagnosis and treatment management at the point of care.

 

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Blood component mobile app now available

posted : 23/07/18

New ‘blood components’ app, developed by the National Blood Transfusion Committee and the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) Patient Blood Management team, now available to download via all relevant app stores

This important app summarises relevant national guidelines to act as a prompt for clinicians to facilitate appropriate use of blood and enable robust documentation of indications. It is based on the National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC) Indication Codes for Transfusion (2016) and the British Society of Haematology (BSH) ‘Transfusion for Fetuses, Neonates and Older Children’ guidelines (2016). 

The full 2016 guideline is freely available via the BSH website, together with practical and easy to use bookmarks for blood component (red cells, platelets, fresh and cryoprecipitate) transfusion thresholds, volume to be infused and duration of transfusion, for neonatal transfusions and one for paediatric transfusions. Patient and parent information leaflets are also available to order for free from NHSBT website.

 

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PCO UK is evolving and we need your help!

posted : 27/06/18

Are you a keen photographer, work in a busy clinical environment and would like to contribute images to the forthcoming Image Library?

We are currently updating the resources within PCO UK to enhance and evolve this online decision support system. 

The Image Library resource will host a variety of online-exclusive clinical photographs to accompany conditions covered within the Key Practice Points (KPP). Soon healthcare professionals will be able to browse images to aid diagnosis and presentations, including clinical manifestations and aetiology. 

However, in order to build a successful Image Library we need help from our clinical colleagues to obtain quality photographs and images of condition presentations. 

What topics will be covered? 

Understandably, not all KPPs will qualify for images; however, the intention is to provide a resource for healthcare professionals to refer to for examples of clinical manifestations (where applicable). For example, conditions like rash or alopecia can present across a wide spectrum. 

Current KPP topics can be found here, with a further 10 new topics planned for publication shortly covering topics such as Attachment Difficulties, Clubbing, Depressed Mood, Hyperglycaemia, Neonatal Sepsis, Pyrexia of Unknown Origin, Psychotic Behaviour, Spasticity, Stroke and Traumatic Injury.

How can I get involved? 

If you would like to get involved, please contact pco@rcpch.ac.uk for more information and / or to request the patient consent form.

 

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New guidelines added to our Guideline Directory (May 2018)

posted : 30/05/18

Don't miss out on the latest guideline updates on PCO UK! Searchable by paediatric conditions, specialty areas and keywords, the Guideline Directory contains quick links to national clinical guidelines.

Guidelines recently added include:

Our Guideline Directory now contains over 180 paediatric guideline. View the full list.

If you have a guideline that you would like to be included, please contact pco@rcpch.ac.uk. Please note that all guidelines need to be developed in accordance with the College's manual, Setting Standards for Development of Clinical Guidelines in Paediatrics and Child Health.

 

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PCO UK Key Practice Points Updates - trainee volunteers needed

posted : 13/04/18

As PCO UK enters its third year of operation in 2018 the editorial team are beginning a programme of work to review and update the Key Practice Points (KPP).

Are you interested in assisting the editorial team to update the Key Practice Points?

We are keen to hear from any trainees interested in assisting us in this work. This will involve reviewing KPP content to determine what updates are required - on the basis of appropriate national guidance - and then completing the update (this applies to trainee's working in the relevant specialty).Take a look at our Fever KPP as a example of what will be updated. 

All work could be completed remotely, and reviewers will receive detailed instructions and guidance from the PCO UK team and Lead Editor. Upon completion of the work, each individual reviewer will be acknowledged, and receive a letter confirming their contribution to the update work. 

If you are interested in contributing please contact pco@rcpch.ac.uk to express your interest.

 

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International Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day - 26 January

posted : 26/01/18

On 26 January 2018 the RCPCH celebrated International Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day and supported Societi Foundation in stepping up efforts to grow awareness and encourage urgent action when treating this serious disease.

Kawasaki Disease is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in UK children - and research shows U.K. outcomes remain amongst the poorest in the western world - with about a third of treated children still having heart damage. This is often due to slow detection rates and delayed treatment. The U.K. Foundation for Kawasaki Disease is launching a campaign for every doctor and every parent to know the symptoms of this increasingly common disease. 

Throughout the awareness day, we joined in with the social media campaign - #Kawasaki_Disease and #ForOurChildren - and raised £80 which was donated to Societi. 

To find out more information on Kawasaki Disease visit Societi, the UK Foundation for Kawasaki Disease.

 

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Risks of Valproate Medicines in Female Patients

posted : 26/01/18

Babies born to mothers who take valproate medicines (Epilim and Depakote) during pregnancy have a 30–40% risk of developmental disability and a 10% risk of birth defects. Despite communications to prescribers in January 2015 and February 2016 on the magnitude of this risk and the actions to take, there is evidence that women are still not being informed of the risk. Patient Safety Alerts were issued in 2017 asking all organisations to systematically identify women and girls taking valproate. A European review is considering whether further regulatory action is necessary and is due to complete in Spring 2018.

The Paediatric Care Online UK website features warnings where valproate is recommended as a medication, within the following Key Practice Points:

This warning will prompt clinicians to speak to the patient about the risks associate with the medicine during a pregnancy.

 

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New Resource added for Healthcare Professionals - Meningitis Research Foundation eTool

posted : 08/01/18

We are pleased to announce that the Meningitis Research Foundation eTool has been endorsed by the RCPCH and added as a Resource on PCO UK.

This eTool was developed by the Meningitis Research Foundation in collaboration with the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the study investigators at St George's and an expert at St Mary's. It is designed to help clinicians improve their assessment and management of young infants who present with possible bacterial meningitis.

For more information on this eTool, please visit our Resources for Healthcare Professionals page.

 

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New guidelines added to our Guideline Directory (Dec 2017)

posted : 14/12/17

Don't miss out on the latest guideline updates from NICE and RCOG! Searchable by paediatric conditions, specialty areas and keywords, the Guideline Directory contains quick links to national clinical guidelines.

Guidelines added recently include 

Our Guideline Directory now contains over 170 paediatric guideline. View the full list.

If you have a guideline that you would like to be included, please contact us. Please note that all guidelines need to be developed in accordance with the Setting Standards for Development of Clinical Guidelines in Paediatrics and Child Health (PDF).

 

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New Resource added for Healthcare Professionals and Families - Societi

posted : 29/11/17

We are pleased to announce that Societi, The UK Foundation for Kawasaki Disease, has been added as a Resource on PCO UK.

Established in 2015 Societi are a policy shaping and influencing organisation which work to raise awareness of Kawasaki Disease - the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children - and provide information for clinicians and families.

For more information on Societi, please visit our Resources for Healthcare Professionals and Resources for Families pages.

 

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Key Practice Point on Fever endorsed by NICE

posted : 02/08/17

As the Key Practice Points on Paediatric Care Online (PCO UK) continue to develop, it has been announced that our Fever (Pyrexia) KPP has now been endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The endorsement recognises that the KPP supports implementation of the recommendations in the NICE Fever in under 5s clinical guideline (CG160).

The PCO UK team plan to continue this endorsement process, demonstrating the high-quality of information available in the wide range of KPPs.

For more information on how we develop our Key Practice Points, please visit our About page.


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Ten new Key Practice Points published

posted : 24/05/17

We are pleased to announce that based on user feedback, our expert editorial team have developed 10 new Key Practice Point (KPP) Topics that have launched at the end of May.

We worked with over 35 clinicians (including Paediatricians, GPs, Health Visitors, Nurses and paediatric trainees) as well as 12 paediatric specialty groups to produce the new set of KPP topics in line with our robust editorial process

The new KPPs help to address the ongoing need for concise, easy-to-use decision support tools to assist healthcare professionals with diagnosis and treatment management at the point of care.


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Download our new mobile app today!

posted : 23/05/17

To respond to user demand, the PCO UK app has been created to provide all users with quick and easy access to this powerful resource whether online or offline, from your tablet or mobile phone.

The app makes it even easier to access the decision support information you need, when you need it, and includes access to Key Practice Points, the Green Book and the Child Protection Companion.

The app has been optimised for use on both Apple and Android devices, and is available to download from the iTunes and Google Play stores.

For more information on how to download the app, visit our information page


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