Implementation of a child public health module as part of work force development training

Cox, Cameron and Clark, Zoe (2016) Implementation of a child public health module as part of work force development training. In: RCN International Centenary Conference; 22-23 Nov 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Environmental and familial social and economic factors greatly influence child health. (Wolfe and Mckee 2013). The module will show how health professional can utilise every encounter with the child and family to improve health and prevent ill health in the future. “A key objective of child public health is to explore and elucidate changes in health and diseases in children” (Blair et al 2010). Students undertaking this module will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding of factors that influence the future adult health of today’s children. Preventative health measures will be examined together with the knowledge and skills required to work within multidisciplinary settings. A wide range of health issues such as sexual health, Diet and nutrition, oral hygiene, and mental health will be explored. The aim being to understand respond to changes in child health (Blair 2010) preventing ill health and improving well-being into adulthood. The module is at academic level 7, 15 Credits, and can be completed a stand-alone module or as past or as part of the healthcare Practice PgCert/PGDip/MSC. The target audience is qualified practitioners in health and social care working with babies, children and young people. The duration is 5 teaching days over a 5 week period. Assessment will consist of an in-depth critical essay incorporating a proposal for a resource for service improvement The history of public health will be discussed together with public policy, epidemiology and child health in the UK, Europe and worldwide. Health inequalities with reference to child public health will be examined alongside children’s rights, and ethics. Health education can be seen as a as a major component in health promotion (Green and Tones 2015). Therefore strategies to improve health and prevention of ill health will be explored in conjunction with health education and health promotion models.

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