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Online course

Emergency and Urgent Care for Children: a Survival Guide

Learn to recognise & treat the commonest medical & minor trauma conditions affecting children with this short online course.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Emergency and Urgent Care for Children: a Survival Guide

Why join the course?

This free, three-week online course will show you how to recognise and treat some of the commonest medical conditions that affect children.

We will use a combination of brief lectures, video simulations and guided group discussions, to introduce you to a range of conditions including:

  • Fever
  • Breathing Difficulty
  • Head Injury
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Seizure
  • Rash
  • Dehydration
  • Illness
  • Minor Injury

For each condition, we will look at how children present, what is important in managing them outside of the hospital setting, and what other things could cause similar symptoms.

Learn with experienced consultants and paramedics

The team presenting the course includes consultants in Children’s Emergency Medicine and Senior Advanced Paramedics from the University of Birmingham and a range of medical establishments, including Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Bristol Children’s Hospital, West Midlands Ambulance Service, and Leicester University and Hospital.

We encourage group discussion from all learners, regardless of role. For example, if you are a Paramedic and you have encountered similar experiences we welcome you to share them. Please be mindful not to share any identifying information. Similarly, if you are a non-Paramedic but wish to share your experiences you are welcome to do so.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the common causes, initial assessment and management priorities of children with the following: fever, breathing difficulties, head injuries, abdominal pain, seizures, rashes, dehydration, illness and minor injuries.

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily designed for advanced healthcare professionals working in the pre-hospital environment, including paramedics, pre-hospital medical teams, general practitioners (GPs) and health visitors. 

Knowledge of medical terminology will enhance the learning experience but this course will also be relevant to anyone who cares for unwell children, including teachers, parents and grandparents.

Who will you learn with?

Tina Newton

Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. A Consultant in the NHS for 10 years, the Clinical Lead for the ED and Trust Lead for Children’s Major Traumas.

Who developed the course?

The University of Birmingham is a public research university, consistently listed as a leading UK university and ranked among the top 100 in the world.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $89 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.