Children and medicines: online learning about safety

Last updated: June 26, 2020

Paediatric prescribing principles  (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2016)
Access: Free, but site registration is required.
Audience: Any health professionals with a role in prescribing medication to children and young people.
Content: Understanding the principles of safe prescribing and drug administration including why errors may occur and methods to improve prescribing practice and patient safety. Incoporates adverse drug reactions, and drug handling in children. Takes about 1.5hrs. 
Paediatric prescribing  (Script, undated but content is reviewed every other year)
Access: Free with an NHS email address, but simple registration is required first. Once logged in, go to Modules at top of the screen, click, and then look at Prescribing in Special Circumstances.
Audience: Doctors, pharmacists, and nurses who prescribe, monitor or administer medicines to children.
Content: Explores the differences in drug handling across various age groups and the practicalities of dosing medicines for different ages of children, including calculation methods. Discusses how to avoid medication errors and the special considerations needed in the paediatric population, such as the use of unlicensed and ‘off-label’ preparations, with some practical examples of treating common presentations. 
Children and medicines  (Medicines Learning Portal, 2020)
Access: Free, and no site registration.
Audience: Aimed at hospital pharmacists at the beginning of their careers, but might also benefit  nurses, medical students, physician associates.
Content: Describes common questions about childrens' medicines in hospitals, with basic guidance on solving these problems in a clinically appropriate and practical manner. Includes awareness of the most common reasons for medication errors in children. Takes about 1.5 hrs.