Global child health - our UK courses

As part of our commitment to training the global workforce, RCPCH Global runs educational opportunities, including UK-based face-to-face courses and eLearning.
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Our upcoming courses in global child health

Global child health professional development framework

Especially for all post-MRCPCH paediatricians with an interest in global child health, this enables you to structure your self-directed learning in global child health through a blended approach of face-to-face courses, online learning, clinical work, quality improvement project work and teaching. 

It aims to equip you to manage sick children in low income settings, advocate on their behalf, implement and evaluate quality improvement health systems-strengthening projects, teach aspects of global child health and influence health policy.

Find out more and enroll via RCPCH Compass (you will need to log in or create an account)

Child Health in Low-resource Settings (CHiLS) (3 days)

This practically-focused course equips clinicians to manage the most common childhood presentations in low-resource settings and gives insight into working overseas. It is for paediatric clinicians with an interest in global child health or who intend to work in low income countries.

The course includes:

  • case-based discussions on the most common conditions presenting to a rural district hospital in a developing country
  • appropriate triage in low income settings via a short version of the Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment plus (ETAT+) course, rapidly gaining popularity in East Africa
  • broader issues of working in a different cultural and economic environment, for example, supplies, hospital management, attitudes and practices regarding illness and death
  • extensive pre-course reading materials.

It is taught by a combination of senior UK paediatricians with extensive overseas experience as well as paediatricians based in low income countries. Some input is also provided by paediatric trainees who have recently returned from working in a low resource setting.

Courses are run annually. We have received some excellent feedback from delegates with 100% stating they would recommend it. They felt the course improved their understanding of the role of an overseas volunteer, and motivated them in considering their potential contribution to global child health.


  • RCPCH Member Trainee - £400
  • RCPCH Member Consultant - £450
  • Non-member - £500
  • Free for Global Links volunteers enrolled on our programmes

For more information please contact Andrew on

Emergency Triage Assessment and Triage Plus (ETAT+) (3 days) and Generic Instructor Course (GIC) UK (2 days)

This is a two-part course, which normally takes place over one week. Delegates may book on one or both parts; they must have completed the ETAT+course before they can proceed to a Generic Instructor Course (GIC).

ETAT+ (Emergency Triage Assessment Training plus) is a comprehensive and proven intervention developed specifically for implementation in resource poor setting. It Supports inpatient paediatric care quality improvement. Supporting the delivery of quality paediatric care for the poorest and most vulnerable children.

The intervention package provides hands-on training to healthcare workers using evidence-based and up-to-date clinical protocols for identifying and managing the most common threats to newborn and child survival. It also:

  • reviews practice and monitors outcomes to improve quality
  • promotes teamwork and the integration of new skills and knowledge into everyday practice
  • produces a core of trainers and mentors to ensure sustainability and ongoing improvement.

A study from Malawi demonstrated that the intervention package has the capacity to reduce inpatient mortality by 40% (Molyneaux et al Bulletin WHO 2006).

The Generic Instructor Course (GIC) is accredited by the Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG).


  • ETAT+ - £350
  • GIC - £250
  • Free for Global Links volunteers enrolled on our programmes

For more information please contact Marcus on

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Helping Babies Breathe (HBB)

HBB is an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas. It is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). The learning outcomes include:

  • be able to facilitate a systematic, rapid situation analysis to identify neonatal resuscitation gaps and needs, opportunities and platforms, stakeholders and resources
  • understand the components needed to develop a strategic plan among partners and stakeholders to implement and/or strengthen newborn resuscitation to sub-national/national level coverage
  • be able to monitor and evaluate the process of implementation and outcomes of neonatal resuscitation.


  • Nurses / Trainees / Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) - £240
  • RCPCH members - £260
  • Non RCPCH members - £280

For more information please contact Marcus on

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Pre-departure training course for enrolled Global Links Teams

Teams undertake this comprehensive course to prepare to live and work in challenging low-resource settings and work on our programmes. This course includes:

  • programme specific and country specific induction
  • security training
  • training to teach.

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