Adolescent Health

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 programme has been developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in partnership with a number of other Royal Colleges and Health Education England.          
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Helping Young People to Lead Healthier and More Active Lives

This online course on Adolescent Health includes youth communication skills, sexual health, obesity and confidentiality. Interactive features, such as case studies and video clips, help learners to understand the views of young people and professionals on key issues.

Course Content

The Adolescent Health programme includes 13 modules that are divided up into 70 e-learning sessions. These sessions are split into four different levels to suit the needs of a variety of health professionals.

Module 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

Module 2: Healthy Development'

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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 5: Health Promotion and Advocacy

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

Module 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

Module 7: Concordance and Adherence

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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 11: Substance Use and Misuse

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

Module 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

Module 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
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