Adolescent Health Programme - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecoloists
  • Royal College of General Pracitioners

About the Adolescent Health Programme


The Adolescent Health Programme (AHP) is an elearning programme for all healthcare professionals working with young people age (12-18 years).

It is the third programme in the Healthy Child Programme (0-18) series of elearning resources, following the Healthy Child Programme (0-5 years) and Healthy School Child Programme (5-12 years).

This resource is suitable for GPs, school nurses, trainee paediatricians and the child health team as part of blended learning for those in training or wishing to update their knowledge and skills.

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 wellbeing of the school-aged child. The programme equally is not designed to address in any detail the specialist needs of children with very complex problems.

Adolescent Health Programme (AHP)

What it covers?

The Adolescent Health Programme 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 (HEE)/elearning for healthcare (e-lfh) 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 and ongoing peer review.  The sessions have undergone a review within the last 3 years and as a result have an improved design as well as having been updated in line with current guidance and references.

More information

The Adolescent Health Programme comprises 65 elearning sessions, grouped together by topic into 13 main elearning modules. There are an additional four modules (Modules 14-17 which cover Levels A-D). Each level references relevant sessions from within the key 13 modules and covers sessions which provide introductory knowledge through to an advanced or specialist skills. Sessions will signpost the learner to other learning where appropriate.

The modules comprise of individual e-learning sessions, which take 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.

Adolescent Health programme and other resources

The Adolescent Health programme can also be used as a browsable resource in conjunction with a number of other elearning programmes including MindEd. Select here to find out more.

AHP curriculum

The AHP curriculum is based on the RCPCH’s Paediatric curriculum. Find out more about the AHP curriculum by selecting the modules below.

  • 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 health problems
  • Module 11

    Substance use and misuse
  • Module 12

    Overweight and underweight
  • Module 13

    Common medical conditions
  • Module 14

    Level A
  • Module 15

    Level B
  • Module 16

    Level C
  • Module 17

    Level D

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 Team

  • Daniel Waeland, Executive Director of Education and Training, RCPCH
  • Dr Alice Setti, Project Clinical Lead
  • Ian O’Donoghue, Education and Professional Development Lead, RCPCH
  • Karole Smith, Programme Manager, Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England
  • Jen Van Iwaarden, Senior Project Manager, Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England
  • Jasmine Deol, Lead Learning Designer, Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England

How to access

In order to access the Adolescent Health programme, you will need an elfh 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 elfh, 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 elearning 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 elfh 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 elfh 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 elfh directly to express interest.

More information

Please select the following link for more information on how to use the elfh 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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