RCPCH & RPS Joint College Webinar: The why and how of pill swallowing – patient and safety considerations

Learning how to swallow solid oral dosage forms is a life skill that those over the age of three can be taught. Healthcare professionals work with patients and their carers to ensure safe and effective medication use. This can be further enhanced by teaching pill swallowing.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health multidisciplinary session in collaboration with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society will explore assisting those with pill aversion, the benefits of pill swallowing and approaches to support and implement pill swallowing schools in clinical settings.

Experienced pill school mentors will be available to share their experiences and answer delegate questions.
Endorsed by Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Date: -
Time: -

Free to attend

Learning objectives

  • Identify medicines optimisation and safety benefits surrounding pill swallowing
  • Describe the steps involved in teaching children, young people and adults with pill aversion how to swallow pills
  • Discuss prescribing considerations when switching to solid dosage forms
  • Identify training and support available across the UK


  • Steve Tomlin - Chief Pharmacist, GOSH; RCPCH Meds Safety Committee; Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Hospital Expert Advisory Group [Chair]
  • Alice McCloskey- Academic Pharmacist, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Emma Lim - Consultant Paediatrician, University Hospital Southampton
  • David Terry - Director Academic Practice Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Target audience

  • General Paediatricians
  • Community Paediatricians  
  • Paediatric trainees
  • Specialist paediatricians
  • Pharmacists
  • Oral medicine doctors and trainees
  • Paediatric dentists and trainees
  • GPs & GP trainees
  • Public Health doctors
  • Dieticians