Adolescent Health

This online course equips practitioners with the skills to help young people lead healthier and more active lives. The course 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. Topics include 13 modules covering topics such as youth communication skills, sexual health, obesity, and confidentiality.

Course Fee: GBP 70 | Code: 244

Learning Objectives

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


Course Information

  • Audience

    Medical students, counsellors, parents, doctors, nurses, assistants, therapists and other clinicians

  • Course Duration

    12 months full access to complete the course

  • time-account-expired-temporary


    This course has 140 sessions

  • Study time

    70 Hours of online training. Recommend 30 minutes per session.

  • Certificate

    Upon successful completion, you are awarded a certificate issued online from respective Royal Medical Colleges

  • Developed by

    UK Department of Health’s National Audiology Programme and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

Course Contents

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
    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
    Glandular Fever
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