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Paediatric Examination and Assessment Level 7 Module



Wednesday 10 April 2019 - Wednesday 17 July 2019


UEA, Norwich

Event Category:

Nursing, Medicine, Ambulance Service

Service Priority

Maternity, Newborn & Children's Health

Start Date:

10th April 2019


6 Days







This module is available as a Health CPD credit only module or can be taken as part of the Advanced Professional Practice programme.  For further information on the Advanced Professional Practice programme please visit


Children require a different approach to adults and many healthcare professionals are anxious about assessing children. This module aims to give healthcare professionals the necessary skills and knowledge to assess children presenting to them acutely unwell and be able to recognise those with potential serious and life threatening illness.

The Department of Health commissioned an interactive tool to support health professionals in the assessment of the acutely sick child. ‘Spotting the Sick Child’ offers a useful framework for guiding principles in the development of this module and will offer students a useful platform by which to consolidate their learning. 

The use of the Paediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) will be applied to detect changes in the child’s physiological status in the context of their vital signs e.g. pulse, respiratory rate and distress and conscious level. Participants will explore the use of PEWS in order to identify if a child's clinical condition is deteriorating and recognise this as an early indication that intervention may be required. 

Is this course for me?

You will need to provide evidence of the following:

  1. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Mandatory Training Status (adult and child)

What will I learn?

Healthcare professionals will develop underpinning knowledge and advance their understanding of paediatric physiology in order to translate into safe and effective paediatric assessment and monitoring skills of potentially unwell children within clinical practice. 

How will I learn?

Face to face learning

Study Dates


10th April, 1st, 15th May, 5th 26th June 2019


17th July 2019

Course Director

Karen Blair


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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