Global child health - our UK based courses

As part of our commitment to training the global workforce, RCPCH Global runs educational opportunities, including online learning and UK-based face-to-face, practical courses.
Last modified
13 January 2021

A pause on all face-to-face, practical courses

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have paused all practical courses.

We will announce new dates for courses on this page as soon as restrictions are lifted.

Online learning - ETAT+

Emergency Triage Assessment and Triage + (ETAT+) a comprehensive, proven intervention to support the poorest and most vulnerable children in rural and peri-urban areas.

This free online learning, relaunched in early 2021, is for support healthcare workers and students interested in emergency care in low-resource settings.

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

Online learning - 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) (2 days)

This course is paused due to COVID-19

This practically-focused course, which we run annually, 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. It includes:

  • case-based discussions on the most common conditions presenting to a rural district hospital in a developing country
  • 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.

The course 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.

We've 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 - £300
  • RCPCH Member Consultant - £350
  • Non-member - £400
  • Free for Global Links volunteers enrolled on our programmes

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

This course is paused due to COVID-19

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

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB)

This course is paused due to COVID-19

The course is designed to develop new HBB Master Trainers, who will commit to train global healthcare professionals in resource-limited environments. That training will provide the initial steps of neonatal resuscitation with an emphasis on The Golden Minute, the first minute after birth.

Suitable for doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, the course aims to:

  • increase capacity for assessment and resuscitation of newborn infants at birth in order to reduce global mortality from perinatal hypoxia/ischaemia
  • provide participants with the skills necessary to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques to health care workers in resource-limited settings
  • ensure training in neonatal resuscitation is embedded in strategies to improve maternal, neonatal and child survival at local, regional and national levels.

It is a wonderful course. The faculty were so passionate about their work. It was wonderful to meet so many of you with such great enthusiasm.

2019 participant


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

For more information please contact Marcus on

This course is paused due to COVID-19

Teams undertake this comprehensive course to prepare for our Global Links programme - in which they'll live and work in challenging low-resource settings. The course includes:

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