Meds IQ | E-Learning | Safe prescribing

Child health – e-course

Course summary

This extended e-learning course will provide learners with an overview of the most common issues seen in paediatric pharmacy. Topics range from disorders such as asthma and epilepsy to issues around safeguarding children and public health. Learners will be supported by each other through discussion boards and a paediatric pharmacist course facilitator.

Aims and objectives

The overall aim of this course is to equip learners with the knowledge to support children in your area of practice.


The course is a ‘live’ course when learners are encouraged to interact through discussion groups and webinars. The course will run for 10 weeks where each week will need approximately four to five hours of learning. During each week specific tasks will be set which include: reading materials, accessing websites, listening to podcasts, watching videos and completing quizzes. A reflective journal is provided for learners to reflect on what they have learnt and how it will affect their practice. An online tutor will be available to help facilitate learning.

Learning outcomes

• explain the differences between children and adults in terms of drug handling, adherence and compliance issues and communication;

• describe the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of commonly encountered conditions in children;

• discuss the contributions the pharmacy team can make to the care of children;

• recognise signs and symptoms that warrant referral to a medical practitioner;

• discuss professional responsibilities regarding the safeguarding of children and take appropriate action if you have any concerns;

• identify potential sources of error in the prescribing, supply and administration of medicines in children and advise how to reduce these risks.

Quality assurance/MHRA Registration

At CPPE we have a high level of quality assurance. Every programme is reviewed by learning development pharmacists and clinical specialists in that topic area (in this case paediatric pharmacists). Every programme also undergoes a routine review with a programme guardian (a topic specialist responsible for clinical accuracy and relevancy).