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Child Health (CH)

As part of the Child and Family Health with Dermatology (CFHD) module, students spend one full day with a GP tutor learning about Child Health (CH) in the community.

Teaching is usually in groups of four students. This is part of the medical school's community based teaching programme which is also incorporated in firms such as Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dermatology and Psychiatry, and is distinct from the 4-week core GP attachment, which provides experience of General Practice as a whole.

Aims
  • To provide opportunities to learn about common paediatric problems in Primary Care
  • To practise core clinical skills in paediatrics
  • To help students understand the role of the community in children's health care
Learning Objectives
  • To see common childhood illnesses at an early stage of presentation, and to follow up their progress
  • To gain confidence in making initial assessments of sick children
  • To understand the impact of childhood illness on the family
  • To meet children with chronic illness or special needs and their families
  • To see the work of other professionals working with children in the community e.g. health visitors, child social worker
  • To participate in child health promotion activity
Student Information
Content of the Child Health in General Practice placement

Clearly time is limited within one placement day. However, we hope that most of the following areas should be covered during your GP paediatrics placements:

  • Clinical skills history taking and examination of children
  • Acute childhood illness e.g. fever, diarrhoea & vomiting, URTI, rashes
  • Chronic childhood illness e.g. asthma, eczema, other problems depending on patient availability (e.g. sensory problems, epilepsy, cerebral palsy)
  • The Normal Child development, feeding, immunisation
  • Behavioural/social aspects of child health e.g. enuresis, school refusal, adolescent problems
  • The multi-professional team professional roles e.g. health visitor, members of child protection team

For further information students should refer to the following:

GP Tutor Information
Assessment

Your role in student assessment is important. Working with the students in a small group can allow you to develop an accurate opinion on their skills, knowledge and attitude, and enables you to give them useful information about their performance.

The grading and assessments you make in student logbooks are designed to be formative - i.e. to help the student improve and develop. Therefore, it will be extremely useful to discuss your entries with them. Students  are often insightful, and involving them in their assessment can be a fun and informative process. 

Your grading of their placement is used only if a student is borderline, in which case comments and the grade given by the GP in the student logbook may be taken into account at the examiners meeting.