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Eur J Pediatr. 2018 Sep;177(9):1413-1417. doi: 10.1007/s00431-018-3150-x. Epub 2018 Apr 25.

Basic training requirements for health care professionals who care for children.

Author information

1
Community Health Center "dr. Adolf Drolc" Maribor, Vošnjakova 2-4, 2000, Maribor, Slovenia.
2
European Academy of Paediatrics, Brussels, Belgium.
3
Department of Neonatology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
4
Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
5
Pediatric Department, Willem Alexander Children's Hospital, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.
6
Department of Paediatrics, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ, UK.
7
Pediatra di Famiglia, ULSS6 Euganea, Padua, Italy.
8
Vilnius University Clinic of Children's Diseases and Public Health Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania.
9
Service de Pédiatrie-Urgences, Hôpital Louis Mourier, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris & Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France.
10
Pediatric Department, Ziekenhuis Rivierenland Tiel, Tiel, The Netherlands.
11
European Academy of Paediatrics, Brussels, Belgium. adamos@paidiatros.com.
12
Department of Paediatrics, Larnaca General Hospital, Larnaca, Cyprus. adamos@paidiatros.com.
13
Medical School, European University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. adamos@paidiatros.com.

Abstract

The European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP) is the paediatric section of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). The UEMS is responsible for the supervision and approval of training programmes in paediatrics and in its subspecialties. This implies also that EAP has the responsibility to address the training of all professionals working with children, to ensure that their paediatric competences and skills are adequate when dealing with children. The EAP has developed syllabi for paediatricians that provide standards of practice, and criteria for the assessment of competencies in trainees and training centres across Europe. The EAP recommends that all health care professionals working with children should have an officially approved training in child health in addition to formal qualifications in their own field. Moreover, the existing paediatric workforce must maintain their knowledge and skills with relevant continuous professional development and medical education in child health.

CONCLUSION:

There is a need to reassess the training of all health care professionals caring for children, ensuring that it supports new models of integrated and multidisciplinary care and focuses on the needs of the child and the family. A standardised, competency-based minimum paediatric training programme/curriculum should be part in the specialty curriculums.

KEYWORDS:

EAP; European Academy of Paediatrics; Minimal training requirements

PMID:
29696474
DOI:
10.1007/s00431-018-3150-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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