Introduction to Paediatrics [M9]

Location: Hawkwood College, STROUD
Duration: 4 days
Price: £1280 (non-residential) £1350 (residential*)
Entry criteria: Module 2 (plus a DBS certificate)
Next delivery: 1—4 March 2019
Leader: Hilary Percival

The development of a child from conception through to adulthood is an extraordinary journey of growth and development, with influences that shape us physically, mentally and spiritually.

We grow not only by our own genetic programme but by our experiences. Osteopathy is in a privileged and unique position to be able to offer support and assistance during this time of rapid growth and development. Sutherland said ''As the twig is bent so doth the tree incline.''

There are certain critical times in a child's life when it is possible through using osteopathy to influence their anatomy. "To unbend the twig so the adult grows straight." We need to study normal growth and development before we can recognize the abnormal, and to appreciate that every child is unique. There are certain diseases that only occur in childhood and as osteopaths we need to understand what effects these have on the body.

To study paediatrics from the osteopathic perspective is both rewarding and challenging. You will need a wealth of embryology, anatomy and pathology knowledge along with your osteopathic techniques, and the ability to stick to the cranial mechanism in a wriggly child, and also a lot of patience and humour.

You will be expected to do some self-study as part of this introductory course.

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.

Course Content

  • Intrauterine life with reference to the development and preparation for birth
  • Normal labour
  • More complicated brain development before and after birth
  • The adaptation of the infant to labour
  • Anatomical differences between infant and older child labour scenarios
  • Organ systems switch from foetal to newborn
  • Practical demonstration of treatment of a child
  • Neonate occiput
  • Infant and child immune system
  • Infant digestive disorders including infantile colic
  • Asthma
  • Otitis media
  • Breast feeding
  • Vaccination debate
  • Childhood illnesses and red flags

Course Format

The course is run over 4 days and is a balance of presentations to the whole group and tutorials in small groups with a 1:4 tutor to student ratio where you can explore the practical applications of the material and its use in practice with your tutor. Time is set aside at the end of each day for individual discussion with your tutor.

There will be plenty of time for discussion of the clinical application of the approaches to treatment. Excellent course notes are provided.

Course Details

From 2019 onwards this course will be run annually. 

Alternative Dates

Hawkwood College
1 - 4 March 2019 £1280 (non-residential*)
£1350 (residential)
Hawkwood College
28 February - 2 March 2020 £1280 (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


Do I need to have had any experience of treating babies to do this course?

No, you do not need experience with babies or children to take this course. But if you are already seeing babies in practice this course will enhance your clinical diagnostic skills.

Will I be able to treat babies after doing the introductory course?

The Paediatric Clinical Screening course does not include any osteopathic treatment approaches, but you will have clinical diagnostic skills to practice.

Will I need any special equipment to do the clinical methods?
Will I be able to treat babies in my practice after I have done this course?

Yes, this course will give you the basic skills to start treating babies and children in practice.

Is there any pre course reading to do?

There will be some precourse reading provided.

What next?

Join the SCCO Mentoring Scheme: an opportunity to work with and share learning experiences with like minded and experienced colleagues.

Write an assignment: The SCCO membership pathway requires 3 written case study assignments. Writing this assignment is an excellent way of reviewing and consolidating your learning from the course.

Refresher Day Bring your questions and experiences or difficulties to share with your colleagues and experienced tutors on a refresher day. An excellent way of consolidating your learning from the course.

Other courses: Choose another modular course to continue your journey on the SCCO membership pathway. Join the SCCO Paediatric Pathway for an in depth Paediatric Osteopathy training

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