Preterm birth - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Action Medical Research for Children

About the Preterm birth programme

Children born preterm (before 37 weeks of gestation) are at increased risk of a range of cognitive, social, emotional and learning difficulties, compared with children born at term. These difficulties may persist throughout childhood and adolescence and can have a negative impact on children’s attainment at school. This elearning programme is designed to improve users’ knowledge of the long term consequences of preterm birth on children’s development and to improve professionals’ competence in supporting preterm children’s learning. Although designed for education professionals, the programme will also be of interest to health and care professionals involved in the care of children and young people born preterm. The programme comprises the latest evidence-based information to help users develop their understanding of:

  • what preterm birth is
  • how preterm birth can affect children’s cognitive, motor and social-emotional development
  • how preterm birth can affect children’s attainment at school
  • how professionals can support children born preterm.

More information

This programme was co-designed with stakeholders including educational psychologists, teachers, teaching assistants, parents of children born preterm and young adults who were born preterm.

The creation of this resource was funded by Action Medical Research.

Meet the team

  • Professor Samantha Johnson, Professor of Child Development, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester
  • Dr Sarah Clayton, Research Associate, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester
  • Dr Lucy Cragg, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Camilla Gilmore, Professor of Mathematical Cognition, Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University
  • Professor Rose Griffiths, Professor of Education, School of Education, University of Leicester
  • Professor Neil Marlow, Professor Emeritus of Neonatal Medicine, Institute for Women’s Health, University College London
  • Dr Victoria Simms, Reader in Developmental Psychology, School of Psychology, Ulster University
  • Professor Heather Wharrad, Professor of elearning and Health Informatics, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

How to access

In order to access the Preterm birth 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 Preterm birth 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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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 Preterm birth 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

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