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London’s acute paediatric staff to enhance their skills

Healthy London Partnership, in partnership with Health Education England, has launched a dynamic new e-learning tool for London’s acute paediatric health professionals to enhance their knowledge and training in caring for children in high dependency care.

Paediatric Critical Care in Practice (PCCP) is an e-portal of resources designed for  London’s health professionals to use to develop their knowledge and achieve the quality of care set out in the London’s Paediatric Critical Care: Level 1 and 2 Standards.

Published in April 2016, the London’s Paediatric Critical Care (level 1 and 2) Standards are formal standards for high-dependency care that all acute paediatric hospitals in London are expected to deliver.

PCCP offers health professionals across all of London’s acute paediatric hospital sites access to the same high-quality educational opportunities. It supports best practice paediatric high-dependency care and includes:

  • a wealth of evidence-based e-learning modules
  • supporting resources and sign-posting to additional sources
  • quick reference guides.

PCCP is free to access and available on computers and tablets. The extensive resource library is also available on-the-go using mobile phones. If you’re working in paediatric critical care at one of London’s acute, sign up and get started today!

Professor Oliver Shanley, Regional Chief Nurse, NHS England and NHS Improvement (London region), said:

“We know from the publication of ‘High dependency care for children – time to move on’ (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) that there is considerable variation in the delivery of high dependency care between different hospital sites. The key findings showed that one of the many factors that contribute to this variation is staff training and competence to care appropriately for this population of children.

I recommend all acute paediatric staff, including nurses, to consider using PCCP as it is an excellent educational tool which will supplement existing education programmes already on offer.”

Michael Marsh, Regional Clinical Director for NHS England Specialised Commissioning (London), said:

“As a Consultant Paediatrician I am delighted to see that PCCP has been developed. It offers the opportunity for acute paediatric staff to enhance their knowledge and training to care appropriately for children requiring high dependency care in London. PCCP will also support the delivery of the paediatric critical care networks. I would have really appreciated having access to such an extensive training resource, with links to other additional resource, when I was a junior doctor.”

PCCP has been tested by staff at two hospitals in London and the following feedback has been provided:

“The PCCP modules provide a great knowledge base that is interesting and very applicable to practice” – Staff Nurse at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

“Huge credit to everyone involved……PCCP is really impressive and a fantastic resource” – Paediatric Emergency Medicine Doctor at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

We would like to thank all those who have tested PCCP and the clinicians who have developed the content included within the portal.


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About Healthy London Partnership

Healthy London Partnership founded in 2015. It aims to make London the healthiest global city by working with its partners to improve Londoners’ health and wellbeing so everyone can live healthier lives. Partners include the NHS in London (Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health Education England, NHS England, NHS Digital, NHS Improvement, trusts and providers), the Greater London Authority, the Mayor of London, Public Health England, London Councils.

About our funding partner: Health Education England

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

About the developer

Creative agency Brickwall was the specialist e-learning developer commissioned for the PCCP.  Brickwall was started in 2005 by Jon Brichto and Alex Walker who decided to combine their film-making and marketing backgrounds to create a company that was as focussed on client outcomes as it was on creativity.