KidzMed - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Great North Children’s Hospital
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Academic Health Science Network
  • Health Education England_New logo 2021
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne

About the KidzMed programme

Kidzmed is a programme developed for members of the multidisciplinary team to teach children and young people how to swallow pills. It was set up at the Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle, and has won the NHS Sustainability Award, the HSJ Value Award for Pharmacy and Optimisation and the Bright Ideas in Health Award for Demonstrating an Impact upon Quality Improvement. The 15-minute elearning session is for all health and care professionals who want to teach children and young people how to swallow pills using an evidence-based, six-step technique.

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Pills have numerous advantages over suspensions for all parties concerned:

  • For children and young people: pills are less sickly, contain less sugar and children who swallow pills tend to have better adherence to their medication regimens
  • For carers: pills have a longer shelf-life, do not require a fridge for storage, are easier to transport and more readily available in local pharmacies
  • For prescribers : less prone to errors when writing prescriptions and can prescribe larger quantities
  • For pharmacists: pills are more commonly stocked in local pharmacies compared to suspensions

For the reasons above, and because most medicines are in pill form, swallowing pills is an important life skill for children to learn, an elearning session has been developed to help healthcare professionals and carers  teach children and young people how to swallow pills. In addition, this website contains resources to accompany the elearning session to help you set up pill swallowing training at your local centre.



  • Leaflet for carers
    • Download a leaflet to give to carers to assist with practising pill swallowing at home. It is useful to run through this leaflet with carers when initially counselling them.

Meet the team

  • Dr-Emma-Lim

    Emma Lim

    Consultant Paediatrician (Infectious Diseases), Great North Children’s Hospital
  • Dr-Yincent-Tse

    Yincent Tse

    Consultant Paediatrician (Nephrology), Great North Children’s Hospital
  • Dr-Ravi-Mistry

    Ravi Mistry

    Paediatric Fellow, Great North Children’s Hospital
  • Ailsa Pickering

    Ailsa Pickering

    Paediatric Nurse Specialist, Great North Children’s Hospital
  • Nicola Vasey

    Nicola Vasey

    Paediatric Pharmacist, Great North Children’s Hospital
  • Ian O’Donoghue

    Ian O’Donoghue

    Education Lead and elearning Project Manager, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Jonathan Guy

    Jonathan Guy

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Dave Beardmore

    Dave Beardmore

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • elfh staff - Paul Kelly

    Paul Kelly

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • elfh-staff-Alex-Drinkall-learning-profile

    Alex Drinkhall

    Communications and Stakeholder Lead HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Rashmi Chavda

    Rashmi Chavda

    Graphics Designer HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the The KidzMed project 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 The KidzMed project 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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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 The KidzMed project programme, please contact elfh directly.

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