Resources for Health Professionals

Disability Matters

Co-developed by disabled young people, family carers and other experts, Disability Matters provides free high-quality e-learning to support those who work or volunteer with disabled children and young people between the ages of 0 and 25 years to help them to achieve what matters to them. It aims to improve confidence, promote effective communication and encourage collaborative working.

With 58 modules grouped under 6 clear sections and dedicated learning packages for paediatricians, nurses, NHS support staff and others, Disability Matters will help make your service more welcoming, accessible and inclusive.

Epilepsy Passport

The Epilepsy Passport is a paper record of relevant and up-to-date clinical information designed to be carried by children and young people or their parents and carers. It aims to help improve communication both between and within clinical teams that care for children and young people with epilepsy. Importantly, it also serves to improve clarity around ongoing management for children, young people and parents. It is available to download as a pdf from the RCPCH website and is expected to be completed at epilepsy clinic appointments by paediatricians and/or specialist epilepsy nurses. The Epilepsy Passport is then given to children and young people with epilepsy and their parents/carers who will present it to healthcare professionals as and when it is needed.

HeadSmart

The HeadSmart education module has been designed to help health professionals improve their knowledge of brain tumour presentation in children and young people and the links between brain structure and function. By the end of it you should know some of the common symptom and sign combinations that are caused by brain tumours in different locations, as well as understand the common ways in which brain tumours present and some of the diagnostic difficulties that occur in children with brain tumours.

Healthy Child Programme

The Healthy Child Programme 0-18 is a series of e-learning programmes developed for NHS healthcare professionals on child and adolescent health promotion. These e-learning programmes are free for NHS healthcare professionals and are delivered through the Health Education England e-learning platform e-Learning for Healthcare

There are three programmes in the HCP 0-18 series:

Meds IQ

Medication errors are a significant but preventable cause of harm to children and young people. Meds IQ aims to bring together tools and improvement projects that have been developed to address this problem. It is envisaged that child health professionals will be able to use this resource to support their own improvement work and learn from the experiences of others. At the same time, Meds IQ is bringing together organisations across the UK and beyond to ensure that medication safety remains a priority for paediatric research and practice. 

Meds IQ focuses on four key areas of medication safety: 

  • safe prescribing 
  • medication reconciliation
  • error reporting 
  • engaging patients, parents and carers.

Aside from a resource library addressing these areas, the site also has links to resources for developing skills in quality improvement methodology and e-learning courses.

MindEd

MindEd provides simple, clear guidance on children and young people's mental health, wellbeing and development to any adult working with children, young people and families, to help them support the development of young healthy minds.

It does this through bite-sized chunks of e-learning, that are free, completely open access, and available on tablets, phones or computers.

Paediatric Musculoskeletal Matters (PMM)

PMM is an evidence-based, free online resource focussed on common and also important musculoskeletal problems in children and young people. PMM was developed by a team in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, led by experts in paediatric rheumatology in partnership with doctors from primary care, paediatrics, orthopaedics, nurse educators, social scientists and creative web designers.

PMM content has been developed through research with a wide range of health care user groups and can be accessed via smartphone, tablet and PC. The PMM content has been peer reviewed and endorsed by RCPCH, the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology and NICE.

Safeguardingkit"

RCGP/NSPCC Safeguarding Children Toolkit

This Toolkit is designed to help GPs and Practice staff to recognise when a child may be at risk of maltreatment, to know what to do if there are concerns and how to work effectively with other disciplines and agencies. The core document emphasises aspects of child safeguarding and child protection most likely to be encountered in general practice in relation to patient care, patient safety, GP appraisal, revalidation and regulation. It brings together relevant guidance and information, focusing on good medical practice, early intervention and prevention, as well as signposting to existing safeguarding statutes, policies, tools and resources.

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Together for Short Lives

Together for Short Lives publishes a range of specialist publications, toolkits and guidance for all professionals who care for babies, children and young people with palliative care needs. For example there is a series of frameworks and pathways to help professionals plan care for children and families throughout their journey. There are specialist tools, including a children's palliative care symptom and pain management guide. The publications have been developed for all professionals; you don't have to be a specialist in children's palliative care.

Yellow Card Scheme

The Yellow Card Scheme is vital in helping the MHRA monitor the safety of all healthcare products in the UK to ensure they are acceptably safe for patients and users. In addition to collecting suspected adverse drug reactions the Scheme now supports the reporting of medical device incidents, counterfeits and defective healthcare products. For medicines, the Scheme acts as the early warning system to identify new and strengthen existing safety information. Reports can help MHRA to take action, if necessary, to make changes to the warnings given to people taking a medicine or review the way it is used to maximise benefit and minimise the risk to the patient.

You should report all suspected adverse drug reactions that are:

  • serious, medically significant or result in harm. Serious events are fatal, life-threatening, a congenital abnormality, disabling or incapacitating, or resulting in hospitalization;
  • associated with newer drugs and vaccines; the most up to date list of black triangle medicines is available at: www.mhra.gov.uk/blacktriangle

If in doubt whether to report a suspected adverse drug reaction, please complete a Yellow Card online or via the mobile App, available from Google play and iTunes.

Further info for healthcare professionals including CPD modules can be found on the MHRA website

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