EARLY DEVELOPMENTAL SUPPORT E-LEARNING MODULE. UK based

These free e-learning sessions form an ‘Early Developmental Support’ course to enhance the skills development

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) have developed six e-learning sessions in association with The Open University (OU),Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and University of Hertfordshire (UH).

These free e-learning sessions form an ‘Early Developmental Support’ course to enhance the skills development of the range of health professionals involved in the care of children at neurodevelopmental risk and with actual or potential neurodevelopmental disorders.

The course is closely linked with the effective use of the generic and specialist Developmental Journals created as part of the Early Support Programme and rolled out to Early Support Regional Facilitators by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

The course is relevant for anyone working to implement the requirements of the 2014 SEND Code of Practice.

BACKGROUND

Discussions between the RCPCH, Health Education England (HEE), GOSH and OU reinforced the high need for quality educational opportunities/resources to support the skills development of the range of health professionals involved in the care of children with additional needs arising from neurodevelopmental disorders and paediatric neurodisabilities. 

Previous work (funded by the Department of Health and Department for Education) resulted in a number of quality educational resources as part of the Early Support programme. These resources include clinical materials and training approaches which can be used by a wide group of practitioners to ensure improved care for children with complex developmental needs and support for families.

HEE provided funding to RCPCH and e-LfH to deliver an e-learning course, ‘Early Developmental Support’. The project has developed appropriate resources to provide interactive, engaging e‑learning sessions that add value to the educational objectives and outcomes of the Early Support programme.

Six e-learning sessions have been developed, based upon the content of the Early Support programme, to improve implementation and educational goals and to reach the range of learners/health professionals involved in SEND provision.

The e-learning course went live on the e-LfH Hub on 18th October 2017

It can be accessed here: http://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Component/Details/478719

The Early Support programme created specialist Developmental Journals related to specific conditions, and more generic Developmental Journals for preschool and school-aged children and young people. These were rolled out to Early Support Regional Facilitators by the NCB.

Face-to-face training courses supported the use of the journals, however this training is no longer in place. The Developmental Journal for Visual Impairment (DJVI), for example, is a key piece of guidance to be implemented by multi-disciplinary teams but training is essential for its effective and safe usage. The e-learning that has been developed by this project can fill that gap, as well as providing a portal to the journals themselves and the other associated materials.

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