The programme in detail

The Programme for Integrated Child Health (PICH) has been developed to help trainees to better understand and start practising integrated child health care. It has now been expanded to welcome both paediatric and general practice trainees. This programme provides a framework and inspiration for trainees to develop these competencies in collaboration with their current place of training. The programme designed by the London School of Paediatrics, is now a collaboration between the LSP and the London South Bank University. It has created a community of practice of enthusiasts for integrated child health who teach and lead the programme.

Introduction to the Course

This programme will run over 12 months alongside your clinical work. It is aimed at anyone passionate about integrated child health who has the time and energy to commit to our ambitious programme.

This website provide details of the programme and background information on integrated child health. We will give you some examples and ideas for projects around the key themes of this programme, as well as links and resources providing additional reading material. There is a ‘structured reflective portfolio’ in the resources section for you to log your activities, projects, and guided reflections.

What will the programme involve?

This is a self-directed learning programme focussed on integrated care located largely across general practice and hospital or community/developmental  paediatrics, with an emphasis on active participation to encourage and enhance individual learning experiences. At the launch event you will be introduced to the concept of integrated care and you will have the opportunity to meet your peer participants, and the faculty.

You will receive 20 academic credits upon completion of PICH and submission of your reflective portfolio by June 2022. If you attend the seminars but do not submit your portfolio in time you can still be ‘signed off’ for participating in PICH but you will not receive the formal accreditation.

The programme has a fee of £560 payable after you accept your place and enrol with the LSBU. This pays for room hire for the face to face events, light food and drinks and for the accreditation with LSBU.

The fee can be claimed back via the HEE study leave processes for all eligible for this (all paediatric trainees and some GP trainees). For others we have some avenues of funding we are researching, so if the payment is an issue preventing you from participating get in touch and we will do our best to help you find a funding source. Options for GPs include SPIN programmes which come with funding, or practice study leave budgets. Don’t let this stop you applying – get in touch!

The PICH year

Learning through doing

During the year, participants will be introduced to key themes of integrated care. The programme will provide you with a support framework and you will need to allocate time to develop and implement your own projects and read around these topics.

For further support and inspiration, monthly PICH learning seminars will be held which you need to attend.  These evening events should act as a springboard for your thinking and a basis for project work. During these evenings you will meet other candidates from the programme and will be invited to present and discuss your work.

By the end of the programme, you will:

  • Understand the concept of integrated care.
  • Have worked in an integrated care setting.
  • Be able to access public health data and generate  patient experience data.
  • Understand how to use data for service development and evaluation.
  • Understand the importance of patient experience.
  • Understand how to use patient experience and co-production to improve services.
  • Be able to work and learn across boundaries.
  • Be able to use reflection for personal development.

What you need to do in preparation and during the course

In preparation

You will need to:

  • Find and meet your Champion – Identify a suitable senior clinician or manager at your local trust/practice to help you navigate your local landscape (we can help you find someone).
  • Attend the launch event.
  • Contact your rota organiser or manager to free up time for the course.

During the course

You will need to:

  • Attend a minimum of 70% PICH learning seminars (1st Wednesday of month virtually via zoom).
  • Meet your PICH mentor for a minimum of 3 meetings over the year.
  • Learn about PICH themes through project work.
  • Complete the structured reflective portfolio and submit by June 2022 to receive accreditation.

What you need to do to complete the course

Portfolio: when ready, submit a portfolio consisting of:

  • Your reflections on the five themes.
  • PICH story – A summary of your project(s) for the e-yearbook.
  • Reflections on the PICH learning seminars.
  • Write ups/forms from mentor meetings.

Mini presentation: Prepare this for the September Launch Event (for the next cohort of participants) covering, in 6-8 minutes (with no slides):

  • One aspect of what they did.
  • What they learned.
  • What the challenges were.

Case study: Submit one page to represent the above mini presentation. This is published in a yearbook, and available to take away on the night of the following year’s Launch Event.

Sign off meeting: Finally, a short face to face meeting with two of the course faculty for further discussion and sign off.

Publication and quality improvement work

The BMJ Quality Improvement Programme is an online programme to introduce and guide you through improvement concepts and practices. On completion of your project, you can submit your work to BMJ Quality Improvement Reports journal, and there is a good chance of this being published.

  • These decision making tools from the Health Research Authority are useful.
  • This one helps you decide if your project is research or not.
  • This one helps you decide if you need ethics approval or not. You click through the questions and it gives you a nice print out at the end.
  • This reference gives you further advice on making sure you’ve ticked all the boxes in terms of governance if you are NOT going to ethics.