How to Manage: Leadership and Practice in Health Improvement - online

This virtual study day takes place on 8 February 2022, via Zoom - and you'll be supported with pre-course learning and message boards. You''ll also be invited to attend follow up, virtual Q/A sessions with the course lead and college President, Dr Camilla Kingdon, on 28 February, 18:30 - 19:30.
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Fully booked

Please note, this course is now fully booked. If you would like to join our waiting list to be informed of future dates, please click the link below.

The RCPCH is pleased to offer this course at a reduced, introductory rate. Please note the fees may be subject to change.

RCPCH member - Trainee: £90
RCPCH member - Consultant: £110
Non-RCPCH member: £140

Course aims

This course aims to give paediatricians the clinical tools, background knowledge and advocacy levers to improve child health, in doing so covering the content of domain 5 of the RCPCH Progress curriculum:

  • Promotes healthy behaviour, including giving advice, from early years to adulthood
  • Takes into account the potential impact of cultural, social, religious and economic factors on child and family health
  • Demonstrates leadership in the promotion of health and wellbeing practices in the wider community

Learning outcomes: virtual study day

This study day will enable you to understand the wider determinants of your patients’ health and the role that health professionals can play in supporting families to improve their health outcomes.    

These are based on Progress Curriculum domain 5 with further information and understanding about how people make choices and change. Whilst the earlier parts of the course are linked to level 1, these are vital building blocks of understanding to meet level 3 competencies and are an essential base for high quality paediatric care. 

By the end of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Describe how environmental factors, including parenting, family dynamics, wider social and cultural factors, as well as the physical environment impact on health outcomes in the UK (linked to level 1a and b)
  • Outline how people make choices and decisions
  • Develop understanding of the impact of professional communication on successful behaviour change through lens of unconscious bias, micro-aggressions, stigma and how to mitigate this
  • Develop practical understanding of how and why to enquire about what factors are impacting on a family, beyond immediate health
  • Use this to develop skills in how to advise families about making changes for better health
  • Describe how to bring community level data into your clinical work.  
  • Outline the role of health professionals in advocating and leading with regard to wider determinants of health 
  • Advise other professionals on the impact of social inequalities on health outcomes and advocate for children, young people and their families outside the clinical environment. 
  • Enquire about local policy and practices that impact on children, young people and their families in your area 
  • Discuss the role of health professionals in influencing and guiding wider policy beyond direct healthcare 

Learning outcomes: virtual evening event

Whilst advocacy and national leadership is not a specific part of the curriculum, it is a common role and fulfilling aspect of many paediatrician’s work. Understanding this wider context is a consideration for START and consultant interviews.

In this session you will be able to expand your skills and knowledge in:

  • The impact of social inequalities on the nation’s health and how that compares to other similar countries
  • The role of a paediatrician in advocating for policy change at a national level
  • How the college has achieved this in the past and plans to in the future.  
  • The realities and hurdles of advocacy

Target audience

  • Paediatric trainees
  • SAS doctors
  • Consultants and AHPs with an interest in general
  • Community paediatrics and mental health

Clinical Leads

Dr Max Davie is a Consultant Community Paediatrician, working in Lambeth as part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust Community Services. He has a special interest in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions in school-age children and in the mental health of paediatric patients more generally. He is past convenor of the Paediatric Mental Health Association and current Health Improvement Officer for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Course requirements

To participate in this online course, you will need access to:

  • Windows or Mac Computer (laptop/desktop or tablet)
  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE). Minimum bandwidth is 600kbps (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down)
  • Microphone and speaker - either using the built-in microphone/speaker or a headset connected to your laptop/desktop or tablet
  • Webcam - either using the built-in webcam or separate webcam connected to your laptop/desktop or tablet

Please note you will be required to download Zoom in order to participate fully in this course.