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Health Promotion in Clinical Consultations for GP/Family Medicine professionals

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

This session will assist you in understanding the practical concepts relating to the promotion of health in adolescents in various settings.


Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognise opportunities for health promotion in clinical settings
  • Explain the role of clinical consultations in promoting changes of behaviour
  • Promote immunisation in clinical consultations, particularly the HPV vaccine
  • Know the child and adolescent vaccine schedule for the UK
  • List four practical approaches that can be adopted to implement changes in behaviour
  • List four approaches to be avoided
  • Assess motivation to change


Each and every clinical or personal encounter with a young person can, and should, be used as a potential health promotion opportunity. Approximately 70% of young people visit their GP each year; the research shows that health promotion given during general consultations is welcomed by teenagers.

The same is true for young people affected by long-term illness who are treated in paediatrics or adult services. Young people with long-term illnesses such as diabetes or asthma are more likely to smoke or drink than their healthy peers. It should be emphasised that paediatric services have a key role to play in delivering health promotion on topics such as substance use, contraception and safe sex.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete the following:

  • AH 05 001 Health Promotion in Young People (401-0023)
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.

Health Promotion in Clinical Consultations for GP/Family Medicine professionals
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health, Health Consulting
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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