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Sleep Difficulties course for GPs

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

This session describes sleep in young people; what normal sleep is and what common sleep difficulties may occur.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe normal sleep
  • Explain why sleep is important
  • Indicate which children are at particular risk of sleep problems
  • Describe the common sleep problems

This session uses self assessments that help you check what you have learnt. You do not have to use them and your answers are not seen by anyone else.

Instructors / Speakers
Paul Gringras,
Consultant in Paediatric Neurodisability

Paul Gringras is Professor in Sleep Medicine, Kings College London and Consultant in Paediatric Neurodisability and Sleep Medicine, at the Evelina Children’s Hospital, Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.

His basic medical and paediatric training was in the UK, but he also worked in Chicago to focus on paediatric sleep medicine more specifically.

Professor Gringras is director of one of the few UK paediatric specialist sleep clinics with a holistic approach that addresses behavioural, genetic and neurological causes of sleep disorder, in addition to commoner sleep related breathing problems. This service integrates fully with the adult sleep service already established at St Thomas’ hospital, providing a true ‘lifespan’ multidisciplinary sleep group.

He has published widely in peer reviewed journals, and books. He lectures internationally and has served on the British Sleep Society executive committee and chaired the International Paediatric Sleep Association conference in 2012. He was in the Sunday Times Top 100 doctors in 2010, and in 2012 in the Sunday Times 100 best Children’s Doctors. His media experience includes newspaper articles (Guardian, Times) radio (BBC Inside Health 2013, BBC Today, and local stations); TV including BBC News, Newsround, Channel 4 Documentary).

His research is clinically orientated and focuses on the causes and treatment of sleep disorders in children with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Down’s syndrome and other neurodevelopmental problems. It includes epidemiological work tracking sleep patterns in large numbers of UK children as well as interventional studies, including MENDS; the largest randomised controlled trial of melatonin in neurodevelopmental disorders to date, and a trial of weighted blankets in autism. He has developed tools to assess sleep related memory consolidation in children, as well as ‘HealthTracker’ – an online child Health monitoring system.

Sleep Difficulties course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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