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OU researchers support Healthy Child Programme

OU researchers featured in the launch of a new e-learning training course for health care professionals supporting children and young people with developmental needs, at an event at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in London on 18 October 2017.

John Oates, Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, led a project which gained funding from Health Education England to work with The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital and e-Learning for Healthcare, to develop five e-learning sessions to provide training for professionals involved in the care of these children.

The e-learning course builds on research by John Oates and Dr Silvana Mengoni, and colleagues at Great Ormond Street Hospital, which led to the production of a range of Developmental Journals for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The course will be published on the e-Learning for Healthcare Hub in autumn 2017 as part of the Healthy Child Programme.

This new, free resource is relevant to people from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales who work within the education, health and social care sectors to support children and young people with complex needs arising from neurodevelopmental disorders and paediatric neurodisabilities. It will also be accessible for parents.

John Oates said: “Our research has provided us with an opportunity to work with Great Ormond Street Hospital and to embed research programmes from both institutions into NHS professional training to benefit children and young people.”

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