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Introducing and Using a Developmental Journal course for General Practitioners

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

This session gives details of the range of Developmental Journals for children and young people of different ages and with different developmental support needs. It also covers how the journals can be used in practice.

Learning objectives

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

  • Describe the set of Developmental Journals and their target populations
  • Explain the features of journals and how these features are used
  • Describe how using a journal can be integrated into key working
  • Explain how a journal can be used in a two-year check, an Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment and in education, care and health settings
  • Plan how to introduce the use of a journal to a family
  • Customise the presentation of a journal to individual needs

This session is primarily for health practitioners and may also be of interest for parents.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete the following HCP sessions:

  • Supporting Children's and Young People's Development (402-0076)
  • An Introduction to Using Early Support Materials in Context (402-0077)
Instructors / Speakers
John Oates,
Professor of Developmental Psychology

John Oates FAcSS FRSA HonFBPsS is Professor of Developmental Psychology at The Open University. John’s primary research focus is on social development in early childhood. He led an ESRC-funded longitudinal study of infants with Down syndrome and a Department of Health funded service evaluation of a Family Nurse Partnership pilot programme.

He has also been involved in an NHS trial and implementation of a care pathway scheme for mothers with young babies in a primary care trust, and the adoption of a screening tool he developed in the field of perinatal mental health; a study of health visitor assessments of mother-infant relations funded by the Burdett Nursing Trust; and longitudinal cohort studies of children in Budapest.

He was member of the programme team for Early Support with particular responsibility for developmental journals, and partner in the development of Biztos Kezdet, an EU-funded national programme in Hungary based on Sure Start, for disadvantaged children and families.

With Professor Martin Woodhead, he was director of Early Childhood in Focus, a project funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation in the Netherlands, producing policy guidance based on early childhood research. He was an academic consultant to the OU/BBC Child of Our Time series 2001-2011, and consultant author for Development Matters in the English Early Years Foundation Stage.

Introducing and Using a Developmental Journal course for General Practitioners
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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