Health Education South West, November 2010

Framework for delivery of RCPCH Curriculum

  • Based on ‘Curriculum for Paediatric Training: Level 1, 2 and 3’, Sept. 2010 available at
  • Weekly topics to form basis for teaching, whilst understanding that it will not be possible to cover all subtopics
  • Trainees should take an active role in teaching
  • Teaching sessions can incorporate other generic topics from curriculum, e.g. communication skills
  • Consider range of teaching methods, e.g. bedside teaching, on-line learning
  • In addition to topics below, it is suggested to have regular APLS/NLS sessions and Evidence-based medicine / Journal club
1 Adolescence Contraception and sexual health, Teenage pregnancy, Self harm, Substance abuse, Depression, Psychosis, Eating disorders, Transition
2 Cardiology (acute) Congenital heart disease, Cyanosis, Heart failure, Arrhythmias / ECG interpretation, Infective endocarditis
3 Cardiology (outpatient) Heart murmur, Hypertension, Palpitations, Syncope
4 Clinical governance 

Development of clinical guidelines, Audit and standard setting, Management, Complaints procedures, Principles of risk management, Research

5 Community

Neurodevelopmental conditions, Autistic spectrum disorder, ADHD, Multidisciplinary teamwork, Medical reports to support education

6 Dermatology Skin failure, Skin infections, Drug reactions, Erythematous rash and fever, Eczema, Seborrhoeic dermatitis 
Diabetes (acute) µWell, child with diabetes mellitus, DKA, Hypoglycaemia
Diabetes (outpatient)  Long-term management of diabetes, long term complications, the diabetes team

Ambiguous genitalia, Neonatal thyrotoxicosis, Short and tall stature, Growth, Puberty, Goitre and thyroid disorders, Polyruria and polydipsia, Obesity

10  ENT

Sore throat and mouth, Nosebleeds, Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea,
Earache, Acute and chronic stridor, Cervical lymphadenopathy

11  Gastroenterology (acute)  Acute abdominal pain, Acute diarrhoea/vomiting, Upper/lower G.I. bleeding, Abdominal distension, Acute liver failure, Congenital abnormalities, Reflux and oesophagitis
12  Gastroenterology (outpatient)

Chronic or recurrent abdominal pain, Chronic diarrhoea or vomiting, Constipation, Dysphagia, Malabsorption, Malnutrition, Iron deficiency anaemia

13  Genetics (See curriculum for list of competencies)
14  Haematology

Anaemia, Polycythaemia, Neutropaenia, Purpura/bruising, Coagulopathy, Transfusion

15  Immunology & Allergy

Anaphylaxis, Food/other allergy, Cow’s milk protein allergy, Immunisations, Auto-immune disease

16  Infection (acute)  Investigation and management of acute infections, Common and worldwide infections, Septic shock, Anti-microbials and infection control
17  Infection (outpatient) Fever of unknown origin, Recurrent infections, Immunodeficiency, Congenital infections
18  Metabolic medicine  (See curriculum for list of competencies)
19  Musculoskeletal medicine 

Joint swelling, Musculoskeletal pain, Limp, Limb pain, Back/neck pain, Leg alignment (normal variants), Multisystem disease

20  Neonatology (1) Prematurity, Acute and chronic respiratory distress, Mechanical ventilation, Cyanosis not of respiratory origin, Serious congenital abnormalities, Minor congenital anomalies
21  Neonatology (2)  “ “


Neonatology (3) 

Sepsis, Hypotension, Fluid management, Screening, Feeding, Jaundice, Parenteral nutrition, Infants of diabetic mothers, IUGR and other nutrition problems, Blood products

23  Neonatology (4) “ “

Neonatology (5)

Birth depression, Neonatal encephalopathy and seizures, Interpreting radiology including cranial ultrasounds, Disordered development, Long-term effects of prematurity and follow-up, Effect of prematurity on families, Ethical issues relating to neonatal intensive care, Apnoeic episodes as an infant, The dying baby
25  Neonatology (6) 

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26  Nephrology 

Fluid balance and prescribing, Nephrotic syndrome, Acute nephritis, Acute renal failure, Hypertension, Haematuria and proteinuria, Chronic renal failure, Tubular disorders


Neurology & Neurodisability

Seizures, Faints and funny turns, Acute focal neurological signs, Meningism and altered consciousness, Trauma to central and peripheral nervous system, Fever or illness in a child with complex disabilities

Neurology & Neurodisability

Neural tube defects and other congenital anomalies, Hypotonia, neuropathies and myopathies, Neurodevelopmental regression, Weakness, Abnormal head size and shape, Headache

Neurology & Neurodisability

Disability, Ataxia, clumsiness and abnormal movement patterns, Disordered development, Hearing loss, Speech and language delay, Specific learning difficulties

30  Oncology

Leukaemias, Lymphomas, Other solid tumours, Principles of cancer treatment, Side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy

31  Ophthalmology Orbital cellulitis, Red eye, Squint, Ptosis, Proptosis, Abnormal movement, Abnormal fundus, Visual impairment, Retinopathy of prematurity
32  Palliative care

(See curriculum for list of competencies)

33  Public health  Screening and surveillance, Health promotion, Public health and epidemiology, Injury prevention, Immunisations
34  Respiratory (acute)  Acute severe asthma, Lower respiratory tract infection including pneumonia and bronchiolitis, Respiratory failure
35  Respiratory (outpatient) Asthma, Cystic fibrosis, Recurrent or chronic chestiness, Lung function tests
36  Safeguarding (acute)  Recognition of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect, fabrication), the legal process, Physical injury, Head injury, Vaginal or rectal bleeding
37  Safeguarding (outpatient)

Faltering growth, Soiling/wetting, Vaginal discharge, Behavioural change, Repeated or bizarre physical symptoms

38  Teaching

Training, Appraising, Assessing, Mentoring, Teaching and learning skills including receiving/providing feedback 

39  The law in Paediatrics Ethics, Consent and confidentiality, Death, Data protection, Equality and diversity, Controversies in health care
40  Urology

Acute scrotal pain, Antenatal renal tract abnormalities, Renal imaging, Stones, Voiding disorders including enuresis/dysuria/frequency/polyuria, Urogenital abnormalities