Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondWelcome to the Emergency and Urgent Care for Children: A Survival Guide MOOC.

Skip to 0 minutes and 17 secondsDuring this course the team will use the three weeks to guide you through the presentation and initial management of common medical and and trauma conditions that affect children. We will use a combination of brief lectures, video simulations and guided group discussion to introduce a range of conditions including fever, head injury and rashes. You will look at how children present, what are the management priorities in the pre-hospital setting and what else may cause the symptoms that they are coming to you with? We encourage the learners to keep to the pace of the course. To move along with the group and in that way you’re going to get the most from it. I hope you really enjoy it. Thank you.

Introduction to Emergency and Urgent Care for Children

Welcome to the Emergency and Urgent Care for Children: A Survival Guide MOOC.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you joining the course. I really enjoy working at Birmingham Children’s Hospital - even though as you can hear on the video above, there is never a quiet moment!

The team will use this three week course to guide you through the presentation and initial management of some of the commonest medical and trauma conditions that affect children acutely.

During the course we will use a combination of brief lectures, video simulation and guided group discussion, to introduce you to a range of conditions including fever, head injury, and rashes, with three subjects being covered each week.

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

Wherever possible we encourage learners to keep to the pace of the course. This way you will get the best out of the course, if you move ahead you will of course see the answers more quickly, but you will learn more if you move along with the group.

Who is it for?

The course is primarily aimed at professionals working in the pre-hospital environment who deal with unwell children.

This could include paramedics, pre-hospital medical teams, general practitioners, and health visitors but what we are covering will appeal to a wider audience such as teachers, parents, grandparents etc.

Whilst some medical knowledge is useful to gain the most from the course, it is not essential and lay people are encouraged to take part in the hope that they would gain some useful knowledge about caring for children who become acutely unwell. In order to help with this, we have included a Parent Information Leaflet which is downloadable from the first page of each new topic.  

The Team

The Team is comprised of Consultants in Children’s Emergency Medicine, and Senior Advanced Paramedics.

Dr Tina Newton

Tina is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She has been a Consultant in the NHS for 10 years, is the Clinical Lead for the ED, Trust Lead for Children’s Major Trauma, and until recently has played a national role in training future Paediatric Emergency Medicine doctors. Birmingham Children’s Hospital Emergency Department sees approx 56,000 children per year with a range of major and minor illness and trauma.

Dr Kate Mackay

Kate is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She originally trained in London, and moved to join the team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She has an interest in medical education and trauma, and has been an honorary lecturer at University College London, and designed modules for a BSc in Child Health.

Dr Damian Roland

Damian is a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Emergency Medicine working at Leicester Hospital and Leicester University. He has a research interest in scoring systems and educational evaluation and is an active user of Social Media to improve Knowledge Translation for himself and others.

Shane Roberts

Shane is a Paramedic employed by West Midlands Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust as their Head of Clinical Practice for Trauma Management, he has over 30 years’ experience in pre hospital care including air ambulance operations and instructing. He has had an interest in pre-hospital paediatric and trauma care from an early stage in his career.

Jason Wiles

Jason is a Paramedic employed by West Midlands Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust as their Head of Patient Safety. Jason has a keen interest in pre hospital paediatric care and leads on this for the Trust. He has tailored his ongoing education to paediatrics and has been fortunate to work alongside the team at Birmingham’s Children Hospital A&E.

Dr Lorna Bagshaw

Lorna is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals. She has an interest in spreading excellence in care for acutely unwell children from dedicated centres out to peripheral hospitals and the community as effectively as possible.

Dr Mark Lyttle

Having trained in the UK and Australia, Mark is a Consultant and Senior Research Fellow in Paediatric Emergency Medicine based in Bristol. He is always happy to share what little knowledge he has, to realise the benefits of communication and multi-professional integration in improving outcomes for acutely unwell children.

Professor Russell Beale

Russell is the Executive Producer for this course. He is a Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of Birmingham, and has worked as a Critical Friend for Future Learn. He brought his expertise in massive online pedagogy along with his video ninja skills to help create an effective social learning experience.

Jacqui Corrin

Jacqui is the Producer and Project Manager for this MOOC. She has an special interest in promoting advances in medical device technology and medical education.

This MOOC was generously supported by West Midlands Trauma Network and West Midlands Ambulance Service. Educators and actors kindly gave their time for free to keep costs to a minimum.

Prove what you’ve learned with a certificate

If you want a record of your course, you can buy a Certificate of Achievement from FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement is a great way to prove what you have learned on the course and as evidence of your Continuing Professional Development. This is a personalised certificate and transcript, detailing the syllabus and learning outcomes from the course. It comes as a printed certificate as well as a digital version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile. To qualify, you must have marked at least 90% of the steps in the course complete, have attempted all test questions and achieved a 70% or above score across all tests in the course.

There is also the option to purchase a personalised Statement of Participation, to celebrate taking part. To be eligible for the Statement of Participation, you must mark at least 50% of the steps on the course as complete. This also comes in a printed and digital format and you can add it to your LinkedIn profile.

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Emergency and Urgent Care for Children: a Survival Guide

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