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Charity consortium backs Spotting the Sick Child

on May 27th, 2011

A charity consortium has been formed to aid the development of the latest version of Spotting the Sick Child – a paediatric online training programme used by members of the healthcare profession across the UK. Commissioned by the Department of Health, www.spottingthesickchild.co.uk first went live in 2009. Work has now begun on producing the third edition with support from the online learning resource.

Spotting the Sick Child was funded by The Department of Health to support the medical profession in diagnosing the most common acute problems that children present with, including rashes, breathing difficulties, dehydration, fever, fits, abdominal pain and head injury. The consortium, comprised of The Meningitis Trust, WellChild, Child Heart Federation, Child Brain Injury Trust and the Council for Disabled Children, has received additional funding from the department to upgrade and plan the third edition.

New features planned include a voting function enabling users to make suggestions for areas of new content development. There will also be improved statistical analysis to inform educators about user interaction as well as expanded video short cases and MCQs in the self-assessment sections. Development of a new module on diagnosing illness in children with learning disabilities, has also been initiated.

All editions of the resource have been produced by medical e-learning specialists OCB Media, with the original project led by Ffion Davies, Consultant in the Emergency Department of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Dr Monica Lakhanpaul, Consultant Community Paediatrician and Senior Lecturer in Child Health at the University of Leicester. Dr Nicholas Blackwell of OCB Media comments “We are delighted that the Department of Health is continuing to invest in this vital area of training and feel that the input from the consortium and the planned changes to the 3rd edition will further enhance the quality and usage of this highly valued resource.”