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
Health Careers 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 website is devoted to Working in Public Health, and public health specialty training.
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.
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
- The Healthy Child Programme
- Healthy development in young people
- Children and young people with mental health issues
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.
Future Learn offers online youth mental health courses for learners to explore and understand mental health issues that affect young people. The courses provide learners with skills, research, and training as part of their professional development.
A three part e-learning module on assessing child development using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire within the English 2 year child health review is available from Health Education England, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care.
A portal to a range of e-learning modules on disability for the UK workforce is available from Disability Matters.
Henry provides evidence-based training for healthcare professionals to enable them to help families develop and sustain a healthly lifestyle. The course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
In partnership with third sector organisations, the Open University provides open access learning materials on child rights. These are primarily designed for health professionals working in East Africa but are useful for professionals working in any setting.
Short e-learning module on keeping children safe online provided by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Immunisation resources for all healthcare professionals are available from Public Health England. This resource links to an interactive e-learning programme to support training of healthcare professionals involved in advising on and/or delivering immunisations across the life course.
As part of the Baby Friendly Initiative, UNICEF UK provides tailored e-learning packages to help health professionals support mothers with feeding and managing the challenges. The modules can be purchased by individual GPs or groups of GPs and by hospitals for groups of paediatricians.
NHS Health Education England provides e-learning to improve awareness and understanding of Female Genital Mutilation, known as FGM.
A range of e-learning resources on screening from initial training to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is available from the UK National Screening Committee. This includes training on programmes specific to pregancy and childhood.