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Fundamental Care of Children and Young People

Module code PCH3834 (level 6)
PCH4834 (level 7)
Start date

February 2024

Fees See Fees and funding section further down the page
Module leader Mollie Bruton


Delivered by Great Ormond Street Hospital Learning Academy, this 15-credit module aims to develop practitioners underpinning knowledge in key areas of paediatric anatomy and physiology, specific medical conditions seen in children and young people and the evidence-based treatments and interventions used in practice. The module seeks to enable learners to critically analyse the impact of illness upon the child and family and practice their newly learned knowledge and skills within a simulated learning environment and clinical practice. We welcome practitioners who may not have a paediatric background or who wish to gain credits in paediatric healthcare practice.

This module can be taken as part of a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Graduate Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Healthcare Practice. Visit our MSc Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice page for more details.


Active learning will allow students to learn via collaboration, cooperation, and peer-based learning. Activities may include interactive lectures, clinical skills demonstration and supervised practice, small group activities, case-based discussions, workshops, practice simulations and tutorials.

Synchronous and asynchronous learning and teaching activities are delivered via a combination of study days and digital strategies at local sites or online using the Virtual Learning Environment.

Clinical skills development and simulation are delivered in fully equipped, state of the art skills labs using a range of low and high-fidelity learning modalities.


Formative assessment will take the form of a reflective logbook.

For the summative assessment, learners will complete an objective structured clinical examination (OSCA) based on a common childhood scenario.

Teaching dates

This module may include a mixture of online and face to face teaching days.

Dates: 19/02/2024, 08/03/2024, 22/03/2024, 03/04/2024, 17/04/2024, 29/04/2024

Assessment date: 29/05/2024, 30/05/2024, 31/05/2024

Provisional feedback: TBC

Academic board: TBC

Entry requirements

To undertake this module, you must work with children and young people in clinical practice. The module welcomes all healthcare practitioners working with children and young people, as well as healthcare practitioners with experience in the adult, learning disability or mental health setting who work with children and young people and require the underpinning knowledge to care for and support paediatric patients and their families.

Fees and funding

The fees refer to the 2024/25 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Part-time students: £64 per credit*

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide.

How to apply

Please apply using our application form. If you have any questions about the module, please contact academic.programmes@gosh.nhs.uk.

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