Described below are important online learning resources to help develop your knowledge on subjects relevant to child and adolescent public health.
General public health knowledge
PHORCaST is a website that has been created "to help recruit, retain and develop the careers of people working in public health" at all levels and in all sectors. It is a UK-wide initiative, funded by Health Education England and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A section of the PHORCaST website is devoted to Accessing Education and Training where you can find information and links on courses and qualifications in Public Health and UK training schemes.
This resource contains an online Public Health textbook, tutorials and learning modules. The textbook is particularly helpful for Public Health trainees preparing for the Part A Membership Examinations of the Faculty of Public Health. It will be a useful source of information even if you are not preparing for the exam.
Wessex School of Public Health
This resource aims to promote understanding of the core concepts of public health and provide access to freely available public health eLearning modules.
E-learning resources on aspects of child health
RCPCH eLearning resources
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health website provides a range of eLearning resources suitable for both paediatricians and child health practitioners from other disciplines .
Of particular relevance for those seeking eLearning for child and adolescent public health are modules on
Immunisation training resources for all healthcare professionals are available from the Health Protection Agency website. This resource includes information on courses and study days, ways to test your own knowledge of immunisations, slide sets for training days and other eLearning links.
The Workforce section of the ChiMat (Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network) website contains a Safeguarding Children Training Directory, linking to a range of safeguarding training resources to meet the needs of all staff working with children and young people.
NHS Health Education England provides e-learning on Female Genital Mutilation (http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/female-genital-mutilation/).
A range of e-learning resources on screening (including on programmes specific to pregnancy and childhood) is available from the National Screening Committee (http://cpd.screening.nhs.uk/onlinelearning).
E-learning on assessing child development using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire within the English 2 year child health review is available from NHS Health Education England (http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/asq-3-and-the-two-year-review/)
A portal to a range of e-learning modules on disability is available from Disability Matters (https://www.disabilitymatters.org.uk/)
The Obesity Learning Centre (http://www.obesitylearningcentre.org.uk/elearning-training/) provides links to a range of training events and online resources related to healthy weight and obesity.
As part of the Baby Friendly Initiative, UNICEF UK provides a tailored e-learning module on breastfeeding for GPs and, separately, paediatricians. The modules can be purchased by individual GPs or groups of GPs and by hospitals for groups of paediatricians.
Short e-learning module on keeping children safe online provided by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Child and adolescent mental health
The Department of Health has funded the development of MindEd, a substantial e-learning resource covering issues relevant to the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, including normal psychological development, recognition of problems, and effective counselling and psychological therapies.
In partnership with various third sector organisations, the Open University provides open access learning materials on child rights (http://www.open.ac.uk/about/international-development/ido-africa/development-programme-africa/create ). These are primarily designed for health professionals working in East Africa but are useful for professionals working in any setting.
The Welsh Government provides innovative e-learning materials on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (http://www.uncrcletsgetitright.co.uk/)