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 and applications are considered from anyone interested in child heath who meets the entry criteria below. 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 10 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.

The programme has a fee of £250 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.  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. Don’t let this stop you applying – get in touch!

PICH is delivered using a blended approach comprising online and workplace learning activities. Work based learning is critical to the learning experience and successful completion, with participants applying knowledge to leadership in integrated child health care in their workplace. The programme is designed using adult learning principles and the participants develop an online learning community. Participants are supported with mentoring and a collaborative learning community.

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.

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 (usually 1st Wednesday of month, mostly virtual via zoom).
  • Meet your PICH mentor for a minimum of 3 meetings over the year.
  • Learn about PICH themes through project work.
  • Complete the reflective portfolio

What you need to do to complete the course

Keep a portfolio

We will explain this further at the launch event.

Mini presentation: Prepare this for the following year’s 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.

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.