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This course is one of the core modules of the Postgraduate Certificate/MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health programme, but is is also offered here as a standalone short course for those of you who are not able to commit to completing the full PG Cert/MSc programme.


Recognition of serious infection in children is a topic of national importance. Research shows that the death rate from infection in children in the UK is higher than the rest of Europe and serious infection in children is not well recognised in the acute setting. Research from Imperial College on meningococcal sepsis in children, the leading infectious cause of death, has shown that there is inadequate recognition and initial management of meningococcal sepsis in secondary care.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to give healthcare professionals who see acutely unwell children a practical and evidence based approach to diagnosis and management of a wide range of infections. This course aims to provide a thorough understanding of the regular pitfalls in the diagnosis of infection and will highlight the life threatening consequences of such errors. Areas covered will include Epidemiology of Paediatric infection, The septic child, Children presenting with: respiratory distress, neurological problems, a painful limb, Gastrointestinal presentations, Fever and a rash ( to include chickenpox, Toxic shock syndrome, Kawasaki disease), Practical microbiology: new bacteria and old and Antibiotics- what to prescribe and when.

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Equivalent professional qualification, Relevant professional experience, Undergraduate degree