Distance Learning in Paediatric Neurology

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"Good theoretical background presented in a systematic way" This learning material has been developed to enhance clinical practice and provide a comprehensive theoretical background in child neurology. We have divided child neurology into twelve 'topics', shown on the left. You can study one Unit or the whole course. Each unit has been written by experts in the field to provide clinical relevant work based learning, quick and easy access to the 'best' evidence and a distillation of good practice.  

"Written in a manner that is easy to understand and describes sophisticated information in language that is readily understandable for the audience"

Each Unit provides an in depth study of the topic - this isn't easy bedtime reading! However, it is rewarding and enjoyable. Each topic is covered from the basics through to the knowledge needed by a Consultant Child Neurologist to diagnose rare and complex cases. Each Unit is about 48 hours study but is split into smaller manageable sections of about 4-6 hours work. Download Unit descriptions here.  

"Highly applicable to the clinical setting"

The material is very clinically based. It is in a question and answer format - for example you may be given a case history and asked what tests you would do. We provide you with directed reading of papers to find the answer. The expert author then provides the answer in a commentary. The next question may be 'the parents ask you the following questions, how do you respond?'. Again you are given directed reading and then a commentary to guide you through the points you should have made to the parents. Download a sample of the material here.  

"Commentaries go beyond what can already be found in textbooks"

Commentaries are written by the author as if they sitting next you talking to you, explaining the nuances of the situation. The commentaries go beyond what you would find in textbooks and covers things you might not otherwise have come across.  

"Excellent references and materials"

We provide all the papers you need. You download these from the course website. You will also need some text books - see the list in the Unit Descriptions document.  

How often is the material updated? Units are updated regularly. We are currently recruiting people to rewrite sections - please email philippa.rodie@bpna.org.uk if you are interested in finding out about contributing to this process. We would encourage contributors from outside the UK to get involved.  

Who is this for?

  • Paediatric neurology trainees: whole course or any individual unit
  • Consultant Paediatricians: Any individual units of interest to provide continuing professional development. Many paediatricians choose to study Unit 6 (Epilepsy) after completing the BPNA PET courses. Unit 2 (Neonatal Neurology) is very appropriate for those who cover neonates and it also follows on very well from the BPNA NeoNATE 2-day course. Unit 3 (Development & Learning) and Unit 8 (Inflammation & Infection of the CNS) and Unit 10 (Vision & Hearing) may also be useful for paediatricians.
  • Paediatric trainees: Please download useful information pdf. Unit 2 (Neonatal Neurology) and Unit 3 (Development & Learning) are particularly good to complete whilst you are on rotation in neonates and community medicine. You may also wish to begin Unit 6 (Epilepsy).
  • Sub specialty trainees: Neonatal trainees have given excellent feedback for Unit 2 (Neonatal neurology).