Adolescent Health Programme - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Adolescent Health Programme

The Adolescent Health Programme (AHP) is an e-learning programme for all healthcare professionals working with young people. It is the third programme in the Healthy Child Programme 0-18 series of e-learning resources, following the Healthy Child Programme and Healthy School Child Programme.

Suitable for GPs, school nurses, community paediatricians and the child health team, AHP aims to ensure that all health professionals have essential youth communication skills and understand young people’s rights to consent and confidentiality.

This work was commissioned by the Department of Health and delivered by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare in collaboration with a consortium of professional bodies. The materials have been written by subject specialists and experts in their particular field and have been subjected to extensive peer review.

The programme is not intended to replace core learning or textbooks on these subjects, but rather to focus on their impact on the health and well-being of young people.

Adolescent Health Programme (AHP)

More information

The Adolescent Health Programme comprises 71 e-learning ‘sessions’, grouped together by topic into 13 modules. Each learning session takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The sessions include interactive elements, case studies and self-assessments to reinforce learning and there are a range of resources signposted at the end of each session. The full curriculum for the Adolescent Health Programme is available for download in pdf format:

Curriculum guide >

You can find out more about the curriculum by selecting the modules below.

MindEd and the Adolescent Health Programme

In addition, the mental health topics included in the Adolescent Health Programme are also freely available as part of the MindEd mental health e-learning programme. The Healthy Child Mental Health Framework brings together the mental health e-learning sessions from the Healthy Child Programme 0-18 series on the open-access MindEd platform. Visit the MindEd e-learning portal here.


  • Module 1

    Introduction: Health and Illness in Adolescence
  • Module 2

    Healthy Development
  • Module 3

    Legal Framework
  • Module 4

    Communication and Consultation with Young People
  • Module 5

    Health Promotion and Advocacy
  • Module 6

    Long-term Conditions and Transitional Care
  • Module 7

    Concordance / Adherence
  • Module 8

    Young People Friendly Services
  • Module 9

    Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Module 10

    Self Harm and Common Mental Problems
  • Module 11

    Substance Use and Misuse
  • Module 12

    Overweight and Underweight
  • Module 13

    Common Medical Conditions

Sample sessions

  • Self-Harm and Common Mental Health Problems

    This session describes four evidence-based talking therapies used for treating mental health problems in young people in a range of settings. It also briefly covers current guidance on the management of specific conditions and makes reference to pharmacological interventions when appropriate.

  • Introduction to Young People Friendly Services

    This session introduces the basic elements of young people friendly services. The policy context and evidence for specific young people focused services is explored. The importance of young people’s views is acknowledged as a focus for service improvement.

Project board

  • Andrea Goddard

    Dr Andrea Goddard

    Project Executive
  • Helena Gleeson

    Dr Helena Gleeson

    Clinical Lead
  • Alistair Thomson

    Dr Alistair Thomson

    MindEd Consortium Executive, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Alan Ryan

    National Programme Director, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

Project team

  • Helena Gleeson

    Dr Helena Gleeson

    Lead Reviewer
  • Scott Mountifield

    Lead Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Laura Green

    Laura Green

    Project Manager, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

How to access

In order to access the Adolescent Health programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Adolescent Health programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with e-LfH, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Adolescent Health programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access e-LfH Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Adolescent Health programme, please contact e-LfH directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact e-LfH directly to express interest.

More information

Please select the following link for more information on how to use the e-LfH Hub.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Adolescent Health programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.

You can check whether or not you qualify for free access by clicking on the ‘Register’ button above.

For more information on the licensing options available for the Adolescent Health programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

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