Introduction to Paediatrics [M9]

Location: Hawkwood College, STROUD
Duration: 4 days
Price: £1100 (non-residential) £1350 (residential*)
Entry criteria: Module 2 (plus a DBS certificate)
Next delivery: 1—4 March 2019
Leader: Hilary Percival

We all started life in utero, have been born and had a childhood. This experience along with our genetic programming makes us who we are. The events of this crucial period prime our body for adulthood and also shape our anatomy and functional body on many levels.

To understand the journey of childhood allows us as osteopaths to understand how the adult body has developed. It is hugely exciting to be able to use this knowledge to help a baby and child to grow in such a way that their own unique body can function to its full potential and minimise problems in later life.

For example when you know that the occiput is in 4 parts at birth and that the condyles on the occiput each are in two parts you can begin to understand how a long and difficult labour can lead to strains within the occipital condyle joints that lead the baby to be very uncomfortable. If this area does not re-mould successfully the repercussions may be felt even into adulthood. This course allows you to identify with the child’s unique anatomy and teaches the techniques that work to improve the function to allow healthy development. Childhood is at time of mighty dynamic change that we need to understand and harness within our work as osteopaths.

Sutherland said: "as the twig is bent so the tree doth incline". We need the knowledge to change the twigs so the body grows in a good functional form. You can only do this when you understand the development process and how it can be knocked off course.

Paediatrics is a huge subject but three days gives us the chance to study embryology, the effects of birth on the infant form and the changes and development in the first year of life. It is a spring board for the more detailed study on our Diploma course in paediatrics.

Please note that you will be required to have a current DBS certificate (or equivalent from the country in which you reside and practice) a copy of which must be supplied to the SCCO office prior to the start date of your course.

Alternative Dates

Hawkwood College
1 - 4 March 2019 £1100 (non-residential*)
£1350 (residential)
Hawkwood College
28 February - 2 March 2020 £1100 (non-residential*)**
£1350 (residential)**

* Residential accommodation at Hawkwood is in shared rooms, a limited number of singles are available at a supplement and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
** 2020 prices unconfirmed and subject to increase

What our students say...
"The tutors were very knowledgeable and fluent - always presenting the information in a practical manner."

"Amazing knowledge provided which was both understandable and inspirational."

"Very insightful and helpful to see and experience things from alternating perspectives."


Osteopathic Practice Standards & CPD

Learning Outcomes & Assessment Criteria
On completion of this course you should be able to:
To achieve the learning outcome you must demonstrate the ability to:
1 Evaluate and map complex and conflicting evidence encountered during the evaluation of your patient, working confidently and independently. Confidently and autonomously provide osteopathic care for a diverse range of paediatric patients that is underpinned by a range of cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills.
2 Communicate your osteopathic evaluation and the proposed treatment and management plans to patients, parents and guardian (and other stakeholders if appropriate) so that they are equipped to make informed decisions about their care. Flexibly adapt your communication skills to ensure your patients and other stakeholders are appropriately informed about all aspects of their care.
3 Use your palpation, experience and initiative to select, integrate and apply appropriate osteopathic techniques from a comprehensive range, in order to meet the patient’s treatment needs. Select from a diverse range of osteopathic techniques in order to construct and implement a coherent treatment plan that responds to the patient’s specific needs. Critically defend your decisions, backed by research-based evidence as appropriate.
4 Provide a reasoned treatment and management plan for a patient that is based on your osteopathic evaluation of the individual and responsive to the patient’s needs, values and expectations. Take responsibility for managing all aspects of their care, centered on their needs as a person and your duty of care as a professional.
5 Study independently and use self-reflection to develop and manage a strategy for continuing professional development that identifies and addresses your ongoing learning needs in the paediatric field. Reflect on your paediatric practice and plan your future professional development in both general and specialist settings, drawing on your clinic portfolio and relevant literature.
Student Learning
Type of LearningLearning ActivityNLH*
Scheduled Learning Hours Lectures 12
Practical classes 12
Workshops 2
Scheduled online activities  
Guided Learning Directed reading & research  
Reflective portfolio development  
Peer assisted learning 2
Independent Learning Unguided reading from defined reading list  
Assessment preparation  
Tutor defined project / Dissertation activity  
Autonomous Learning Reading from non-specific sources  
Reflection on clinical experiences 4
Placement Clinical observations  

* Notional Learning Hours

CPD Requirements: Mapping to the OPS
OPS Theme OPS Mapping
  1 2 3 4 5
Communication & Patient Partnership        
Knowledge, Skill & Performance  
Safety & Quality in Practice
CPD Standards  
CPD activities are relevant to the full range of osteopathic practice See above mapping exercise        
Objective activities have contributed to practice Peer review/Observation        
Case-based discussion activity        
Seek to ensure that CPD activities benefit patients Communication/Consent activity        
Maintain CPD documentation Certificate of attendance/Overview document provided to student