Adolescent Health



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Adolescent Health: Improving Health Outcomes in Young People

The Adolescent Health programme provides continuing professional development (CPD) for all health professionals who work with people in this age group. In particular, it equips practitioners with the skills to help young people lead healthier and more active lives.

The Adolescent Health online course has been written by subject-matter specialists from a broad range of disciplines. It has been developed in the UK by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Health Education England,   elearning for healthcare and various other leading professional bodies.

The programme can be used in conjunction with the other programmes in the Healthy Child (0-18) Series: the Healthy Child Programme (0 to 5 years) and the Healthy School Child Programme (5 to 12 years)



In Partnership with: Royal College of Nursing

The Royal College of Midwives

Royal College of paediatrics and Child Health


Royal college of Anaesthetists

association of paediatric anaesthetists of great britain and ireland

eLearning for Healthcare

Adolescent Health: Helping teenagers to lead healthier and more active lives

The online course on Adolescent Health has been created for health practitioners whose work involves young individuals. It is applicable to health visitors, nurses, general and family physicians, as well as pediatricians across the world. The course covers youth communication abilities, sexual health, confidentiality, and obesity. It contains interactive features, such as video clips and case studies, to provide learners with insight into the perspectives of both young people and professionals on important topics.

Course Content

The online medical elearning programme consists of a number of modules that are divided up into smaller elearning sessions, each session typically takes around 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

Following an overview of health and illness during adolescence, the course modules delve into various subjects such as promoting healthy development, navigating the legal framework, communicating and consulting with young people, advocating for health, transitional care, long-term conditions, and concordance/adherence. Other modules explore young people-friendly services, sexual and reproductive health, self-harm, common mental health problems, substance use and misuse, healthy weight management, and lastly, a module on commonly encountered medical conditions.

The detailed modules are as follows:

1: Introduction: Health and Illness in Adolescence

  • Introduction to Adolescent Health and Illness
  • Guidance and Policy for Young People’s Health
  • Investing in Adolescent Health

2: Healthy Development’

  • Healthy Development in Adolescence
  • Concepts of Puberty
  • Pubertal Assessment
  • Psychosocial Development
  • Social Development
  • Assessing Development Stage

3: The Legal Framework

  • The Legal Framework for Working with Young People
  • Assessing Competence in Young People
  • Confidentiality in Consultations and in Health Services
  • Confidentiality: Formal and Accidental Disclosure
  • Giving and Getting Consent
  • Ethics: Background and its Importance
  • Ethics: Using the Deliberative Process
  • Safeguarding Adolescents

4: Communication and Consultation with Young People

  • Communication Skills in Young People
  • Health Communication and Young People: Setting the Scene
  • Gathering Information and Exploring Sensitive Issues
  • Explaining and Consent
  • Motivating and Empowering

 5: Health Promotion and Advocacy

  • Health Promotion in Young People
  • Health Promotion in Clinical Consultations

6: Chronic Conditions and Transitions

  • The Experience of Chronic Illness and Disability During Adolescence
  • Disability in Adolescence
  • Sexuality and Health Risk Behaviours in Chronic Illness and Disability
  • The Expert Young Person/Patient
  • Transition from Child-centred to Adult-centred Health Care
  • Practical Approaches to Transition
  • Developing a Transition Programme

7: Concordance and Adherence

  • Adherence and Concordance in Young People
  • Practical Approaches to Improving Adherence and Concordance

8: Youth Friendly Services

  • Introduction to Youth Friendly Services
  • Community-based Drop-in Services for Young People
  • Designing Innovative Services for Young People
  • Making Hospital Services Youth Friendly

9: Sexual and Reproductive Health

  • Sexual Behaviour in Adolescence
  • Sexual Assault in Young People
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections in Young People
  • Contraception
  • Teenage Parents
  • Adolescent Gynaecology
  • Preventing Pregnancy

10: Self-harm and Common Mental Problems

  • Mental Health and Well-being in Adolescence
  • Introduction to Self-harm
  • The Assessment and Management of Self-harm
  • The Assessment of Common Mental Health Problems
  • Recognising Common Mental Health Problems
  • Management of Common Mental Health Problems
  • Specific Approaches to Managing Common Mental Health Problems

11: Substance Use and Misuse

  • Substance Use, Misuse and Abuse
  • Managing Substance Use Problems in Routine Clinical Practice
  • Substance Misuse: Prevention Strategies

12: Overweight and Underweight

  • Body Shape and Body Image in Adolescence
  • Nutritional Requirements in Adolescence
  • Development of Normal Eating Behaviour
  • Obesity in Young People
  • Public Health and Community Management of Adolescent Obesity
  • Medical Assessment and Management of Obesity
  • Eating Disorders in Young People
  • Assessment of Eating Disorders
  • Management Strategies for Eating Disorders
  • Multidisciplinary Management of Adolescent Obesity

13: Common Medical Problems

  • Introduction to Common Symptoms and Help-seeking
  • Sleep Problems in Adolescence
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndromes in Adolescence
  • Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Adolescence
  • Acne
  • Glandular Fever


Adolescent Health Sample Certificate

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40 hours.




Suitable for all healthcare professionals working with young people.


12 months from registration on LMS.