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Using the Personal Child Health Record (PCHR) course for Allied Health

Speciality Classification
Occupational Therapists
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare

This session on the Personal Child Health Record (PCHR) will help you become more familiar with the ethos of the PCHR, its use and contents.

Learning objectives

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

  • Describe the rationale, development and use of the PCHR
  • Identify the contents of the PCHR
  • Describe how the PCHR can be used by all health professionals to support consultation with parents

This session describes the Personal Child Health Record (PCHR), a key component of the Healthy Child Programme and follows on from the sessions on communication, record keeping and multi-agency working (Fig 1).

It is aimed at all health professionals who have contact with young children, including midwives, health visitors and other members of the health visiting team, GPs, community and hospital paediatricians, practice nurses, school nurses, children's centre staff, speech and language therapists and dentists.

The session aims to help health professionals consider how the PCHR can be used to support the elements of the Healthy Child Programme. The session includes a number of exercises to promote learning and reflection.

Instructors / Speakers
Helen Bedford,
Professor of Children’s Health, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Helen Bedford is Professor of Children’s Health, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London. She practised as a hospital nurse and then a health visitor before joining ICH in 1986. 

At UCL ICH, her time is spent teaching and researching. Her research focuses mainly on childhood immunisation and the personal child health record (PCHR). She chairs the national working group, hosted by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which oversees developments in the PCHR. Helen contributes to immunisation training for primary health care professionals in PCTs, speaks at courses and conferences and has written for a variety of audiences on aspects of childhood immunisation. She is co-director of the MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health, at UCL ICH, leading on the Community Child Health pathway.

Using the Personal Child Health Record (PCHR) course for Allied Health
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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