Paediatric Education Monthly 

February 2019


Paediatric Epilepsy Training PET1, 2 & 3 CHaT and NeoNATE courses

various dates & locations


Book online


The 2019 Great Ormond Street Hospital Paediatric Endocrinology (G-PEG) Symposium on Hypoglycaemia

29th March 2019


The learning objectives of this symposium are physiology of glucose metabolism, causes and complications of hypoglycaemia. There are interesting case presentations highlighting different causes of hypoglycaemia and its management. There will be oral presentations from well-known speakers in this field and will have interactive case discussions. This is aimed at trainees & Consultants in Paediatrics, Neonatology and Endocrinology, nurses, midwives and dietitians who are involved in the management of hypoglycaemia in Children.


There will be a break away session for nurses to learn the practical skills of completing a hyposcreen (Metabolic and Endocrine), medications used to treat Hyperinsulinism, learn from case studies plus managing patients at home.


RCPCH CPD points approved.


Please forward this to all trainees and consultants within your department. 


To register, please visit -



6th International Achieving Improved Outcomes in Neonatology and Academic Paediatrics Association Joint Conference

13th - 15th March 2019



Flyer & booking information


12th Middlesbrough Neuro-developmental Paediatric Symposium

1st & 2nd April 2019



Flyer and booking information


Human Factors Network Event and Human Factors Forum

3rd April 2019

County Durham


Health Education England North East along with County Durham and Darlington NHS FT will be holding a Human Factors Network Event (am) and a Human Factors Forum (pm) – details below.  You have the option to attend just one of the sessions or both: 

Venue:                 Xcel Centre, Long Tens Way, Aycliffe Business Park, County Durham DL5 6AP


Time:                    Morning Session (0900-1230) – Human Factors Network Event (led by HEENE)

                              In the morning there will be a network sharing event and an opportunity for colleagues to learn about human factors projects and initiatives in the region.

 There will be an opportunity to submit projects to present - details coming soon.             


Afternoon Session (1330-1600) – Human Factors Forum (led by CDDFT)

The forum is based around patient safety discussion cards. These cards were developed by Prof Paul Bowie (NHS Education for Scotland, CIEHF) and Mr Steven Shorrock (CIEHF, Eurocontrol). Safety cards have been used in air traffic control to enhance safety systems. They have now been developed by this team for healthcare. The afternoon will include an introductory talk from Professor Bowie. The subsequent outcomes of practical sessions utilising the cards will form the basis for further talks and Q&A sessions.


Ultimately participants should complete the session with experience of how to take the safety discussion cards into their organisations and skilfully progress conversations on safety and Human Factors to improve their working environment, and the collective experiences of their patients, their teams and indeed, themselves.


Professor Bowie is looking to formally validate the safety cards. There may therefore opportunity for participants at the forum to be involved further in this process should they wish.


Flyer attached


Registration:     You can register HERE.  Lunch will be provided. Please indicate which session you will be attending (morning/afternoon or both).


27th Annual International Neonatal Conference

13th & 14th June 2019

James Cook University Hospital


Flyer and booking information


The Annual Subject-Specific Neonatal Medicine Conference

20th & 21st June 2019



After the very successful 2nd Luton Neonatal Neurology Conference in 2018, we are now back with another conference for 2019:

 Venue: University of Bedfordshire, Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton, UK. ‚Äč

Fetal-Neonatal Medicine is an exciting field, with enormous recent advances in imaging as well as antenatal, perinatal and postnatal interventions. This event will prove to be useful to all healthcare professionals involved in the care of the fetus and the newborn, including Neonatologist, members of Fetal-Neonatal Medicine MDT groups, Antenatal Radiographers, Obstetrics, Paediatric / Neonatal trainees.

It promises to deliver engaging and cutting-edge content from experts in the field of fetal cardiology, neurology, imaging and fetal intervention with Postnatal/Neonatal Management Planning.

For more information, to view Scientific Programme and Register please visit:  


11th Annual Northern Paediatric Emergency Medicine (NPEM) Conference

28th June 2019

Newcastle upon Tyne


Please save the date for the 11th Annual Northern Paediatric Emergency Medicine (NPEM) Conference which will take place on the 28th June 2019  at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in central Newcastle. It is open to anyone who is interested in Paediatric Emergency and Urgent care. The programme will cover different medical, traumatic and mental health emergencies in children and young people. Programme & registration details will follow shortly.

For any enquiries please contact


RCPCH Learning for Paediatric Trainees


The RCPCH Education and Professional Development team would like to share with you the key courses we think will be useful to your trainees over the coming months.  Further courses will be added during the year so please do keep these links. You and your trainees can also sign up to our courses and events monthly ebulletin by selecting CPD opportunities and events in ‘Edit your contact preferences’ on your RCPCH website ‘My account’.


Mentoring skills courses – relevant to all trainees - supports Progress curriculum domain 2 and 10 – upcoming courses in London (06 Nov & 18 Jun) and Cardiff (26 Mar)


Mentoring skills peer support webinars – relevant to trainees who are trained and active as mentors - supports Progress domain 2 and 10 – upcoming webinars (17 Sept, 18 Dec, 30 Apr)


Effective Educational Supervision courses – relevant to ST7-8 trainees – supports Progress domain 2 and 10 - upcoming regional courses include: Sheffield (02 Oct) and Bristol (06 Nov)


How to Manage series – relevant to all trainees, but particularly GRID trainees depending on topic – supports Progress domain 4 - examples of course topics: paediatric allergy, neurodevelopmental disorders and common cardiac problems


Progressing Paediatrics series – as above - examples of course topics: childhood epilepsies and neonatal cardiology


Paediatric e-learning resources – relevant to all trainees  - supports Progress domain 4 along with several other key domains depending on the topic.




Resources for Trainees Returning to Work and Educational Supervisors Supporting them


I am writing with an update regarding some of the resources available as part of the SuppoRTT (Supported Return to Training) Programme that have been developed in conjunction with Health Education England and the RCPCH.

There are now 3 very useful webinars available via compass. They are entitled:

1) Returning to Paediatric Training – Essentials to ensure a successful return to work following a break from clinical practice

2) Supporting a returning trainee – for educational supervisors

3) Enhancing our wellbeing and resilience

Each webinar is about 1 hour long and contains lots of practical information about optimising trainees experience of returning to work after time out of practice.

Follow the link below to log into Compass:

Compass - learning management system | RCPCH

In his last blog, RCPCH President Russell Viner looks forward to our work in the coming year - with the election of two Vice President roles and a strong focus on the paediatric workforce.



RCPCH Rules around CESR-CP for Paediatric training



If a trainee starts at ST4 level and will complete 5 years of UK training in approved training posts, they can be a CCT. This is because the minimum training time for Paediatrics is 5 years. The legislation says they must be in approved posts so a trainee completing 5 years in UK approved posts will meet this CCT requirement.


It is the RCPCH that, for historical reasons, imposed the level groupings of level 1 = 24 months, level 2 = 12 months and level 3 = 24 months. We can’t technically impose this to the requirement to meet a CCT.


What does this mean for you?

It means that your area needs to discuss with a trainee starting ST4 if they expect to complete 5 years training – whole time equivalent. If so, they can be CCT. If not and they expect to complete sooner, they would have to be CESR-CP because they won’t have completed 5 full years WTE in UK approved training posts.



Trainee Interest requested


Dr Nicola Cleghorn, Designated Dr for Safeguarding Children for North Cumbria, County Durham and Darlington has been appointed as the lead reviewer for the upcoming fractures review on the Child Protection Evidence strand at the RCPCH ( formerly CORE data). This is the updatng systematic review to the previous review in 2016. The review will start in February when the RCPCH support will start trawling the literature for papers. There is currently a discussion with the college as to how best to acknowledge the input from trainees but at the least it will be a good portfolio piece as well as good experience in critical analysis of papers.


If there are any trainees who would like to be part of a systematic review from the beginning through to the end – developing your critical analysis skills in particular, please contact Nicola on


This HEE (working across North East and North Cumbria) paediatric event newsletter is circulated at the beginning of every month. If you have any courses or meetings that you wish to advertise to trainees/trainers please contact Adele Simpson or Kelly Baxter before the last week of the month


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