Aims Paediatric training is split into Levels 1, 2, and 3 with each level having a separate curriculum. Our trainees identified the Level 2 curriculum as being poorly addressed in their training. We aimed to address the Level 2 curriculum more robustly by designing a new programme to ensure that structured paediatric teaching could be provided to all trainees in our deanery.
Methods To achieve this, we derived Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) from the RCPCH Curriculum. These were organised into systems which are addressed in 5 taught sections. Each section involves 30 h of distance learning and 30 h of face to face teaching. We have made extensive use of distance learning technologies such as Adobe Connect ® and Moodle Virtual Learning Environment ®. Formative assessment is used throughout the course with a summative assignment being submitted at the end of each section. Our course gained accreditation from the local University as a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) at Masters Level. Funding was secured from the local NHS Education department allowing the Certificate to be provided to all level 2 paediatric trainees in our deanery free of charge.
Results The first PGCert in Child Health commenced in August 2010. Since starting, 83 trainees have enrolled with only 5 dropping out (6%). All dropouts occurred in the first year of the course. 39 trainees have, so far, completed the PGCert (47%). 39 trainees are currently enrolled on the PGCert for session 2013/14. Feedback from trainees has been very positive with 95% of trainees from 2010–2013 agreeing or strongly agreeing that they were happy with the teaching provided.
Conclusion The PGCert in Child Health is now a well-established component of level 2 training in our deanery enabling robust coverage of the RCPCH curriculum for all trainees. The use of distance learning technologies has allowed us to deliver the curriculum in a way that is sympathetic to service demands and minimises travelling to and from study days. The feedback from trainees has been extremely positive declaring the education as being of a very high standard.