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Fever and Febrile Convulsions course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
RCGP, NHS Health Education England

This session explains how to assess a child with fever using the ‘traffic light’ system. It discusses febrile seizures, their features and management, advice to parents and indications for hospital referral.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in June 2021.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • systematically look for life threatening features in a child with fever
  • apply the ‘traffic light’ system to predict the risk of serious illness
  • describe febrile seizure and its characteristics and identify the risk factors for recurrence
  • recognise alert signs for hospital referral of children with febrile seizure
  • provide advice for parents and clarify their concerns

Fever is probably the commonest reason for a child to be taken to the doctor. Feverish illness is also the second most common reason for a child being admitted to hospital. In the UK, infections remain the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 years.

Instructors / Speakers
Anisio Veloso Melo Junior,

Dr Anisio V Melo is a GP in Torquay, South Devon. Before becoming a GP, he undertook six years training in paediatrics, obtaining his MSc in Paediatrics in 2001 and MPhil in Epidemiology and Public Health in 2008. His main academic interests are Medical Education and Child Health research in primary care.

Alison MacIsaac,
General Practitioner

Dr Alison MacIsaac is GP in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. She is a GP trainer and is the coordinator of the Fife trainers’ group. She is on the Editorial Team of nPEP. She is a video peer reviewer. Her main interests are paediatrics, diabetes and consultation skills.

Fever and Febrile Convulsions course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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