Healthy Child Programme - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecoloists
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About the Healthy Child Programme

The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) is an e-learning programme for all healthcare professionals working with pregnancy and the first five years of life. It is the first programme in the Healthy Child Programme 0-18 series of e-learning resources, including the Healthy School Child Programme and Adolescent Health Programme.

The HCP e-learning programme supports the implementation of the Healthy Child Programme – Pregnancy and the first five years of life framework and covers a range of topics related to child health and health promotion. It is suitable for health visitors, nurses, trainee paediatricians and the child health team as part of blended learning for those in training, or wishing to update. It can also be used as a browsable resource in conjunction with the MindEd child mental health e-learning programme.

This work was commissioned by the Department of Health and delivered by Health Education England e-Learning 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 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 wellbeing of children. The programme equally is not designed to address in any detail the specialist needs of children with very complex problems.

Healthy Child Programme

More information

The Healthy Child Programme comprises 76 e-learning sessions, grouped together by topic into 12 learning modules. Each e-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 Healthy Child Programme is available for download in pdf format, below.

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MindEd and the Healthy Child Programme

In addition, the mental health topics included in the Healthy Child 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.

HCP curriculum

  • Module 1

    Healthy Child Programme Basics
  • Module 2

    Communication, Record Keeping and Inter-professional Working
  • Module 3

    Family Health
  • Module 4

  • Module 5

    Positive Parenting & Parenting Issues
  • Module 6

    Development & Behaviour
  • Module 7

    Speech Language and Communication Needs
  • Module 8

    Growth & Nutrition
  • Module 9

  • Module 10

    Health Promotion
  • Module 11

  • Module 12

    Health Visiting Model of Practice
  • Module 13

    Early Developmental Support

Sample sessions

  • Dental Health Promotion

    This session aims to enhance your knowledge and skills regarding oral health and factors that predispose to poor oral health. Promoting oral health in the infant and young child forms an integral part of this session. This session was updated in 2016 with the help of the Delivering Better Oral Health Working Group.

  • Growth Charts and their Interpretation

    This session is an introduction to growth charts, and includes information on how to plot measurements and when to become concerned about a child’s growth.

  • Promoting Attachment and Wellbeing Part 1: Concepts

    This session is the first of two in this series focusing on attachment and wellbeing. This first session will provide an overview of attachment whilst the second (Positive Parenting and Parenting Issues/Promoting Attachment and Wellbeing Part 2: Practice) will explore the range of attachment-based interventions that help to foster secure attachment.

Project board

  • Andrea Goddard

    Dr Andrea Goddard

    Project Executive
  • Mitch Blair

    Professor Mitch Blair

    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

  • Mary Malone

    Dr Mary Malone

    Lead Reviewer
  • Sean Mackay

    Sean Mackay

    Lead Reviewer
  • Scott Mountifield

    Lead Learning 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 Healthy Child 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 Healthy Child 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 Healthy Child 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 Healthy Child 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.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Healthy Child 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 Healthy Child Programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

More information

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