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Concepts of Puberty for Paediatrics professionals

Speciality Classification
Paediatrics General
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Healthy Child, eLH, NHS

This session introduces key concepts relating to puberty such as: potential issues, biological changes, Tanner stages and timings. The onset of the reproductive function and the pubertal growth spurt are also discussed.


Learning Objectives

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

  • Outline the biological changes which take place during puberty
  • Recognise the relationship of puberty to psychosocial development
  • Explain how puberty begins and progresses through the Tanner stages
  • List the timings of puberty
  • Illustrate the onset of the reproductive function in both sexes
  • Discuss the pubertal growth spurt


The great majority of young people pass through puberty with few or no problems. However, for a minority, the cognitive and behavioural changes related to puberty may lead to:

  • Increased morbidity and mortality
  • Accidental and intentional injuries
  • Suicide
  • Mental disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders


Instructors / Speakers
Russell Viner,
President of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH)

Russell Viner is currently President of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH), the leading voice for children and young people’s health in the UK. He is also Professor of Adolescent Health at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London, a paediatrician who sees young people with diabetes each week at University College Hospital and he directs the Department of Health Obesity Policy Research Unit.

Russell has a long history of leadership in national health policy, from involvement in the 2005 National Service Framework to helping ensure children and young people were central to the 2019 NHS Long Term Plan. He is currently Vice-Chair of the NHS England Children and Young People’s Transformation Board, responsible for strategic oversight of children’s health in England, and Chair of the Stakeholder Council for the Children’s Transformation Board. He also has significant ‘hands-on’ experience within the NHS, having been Clinical Director in a busy teaching hospital and clinical director for children and young people for the NHS across London, responsible for leading healthcare strategy for London’s 2 million children and young people.

Russell Viner was one of the founders of Adolescent Health in the UK. He set up the first Adolescent Medicine service in the UK and went on to become the UK's first professor of Adolescent Health, helping lead a new focus on adolescent healthcare in the UK and Europe. He was a founder of the UK Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH) and now serves as Patron. He has been Vice-President of the International Association for Adolescent Health. He has acted as an advisor on adolescent health and obesity for the Departments of Health and for Education in England and for the World Health Organisation and Unicef internationally. He is an Executive Committee member for the International Paediatric Association and will be President of the 2021 International Paediatric Congress.

His research focuses on population health, policy and health services for children and young people. Academically, he has published over 200 peer reviewed papers and is currently named on >£20 million in current research grants.

Concepts of Puberty for Paediatrics professionals
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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