Paediatric Critical Care 5 day modules 2024: General + Neonatal + Cardiac + Transport

2024 Module Dates. *limited places*  

We are pleased to announce that these modules are open for booking now. All modules will be face-to-face at GOSH / ICH.

Now open for booking        

These modules are relevant for GRID, SPIN and all multi-professional colleagues with an interest or career aspirations in critical care.

Please contact Nick Prince if you require further information: nprince @

These 5 day modules are taught at MSc level and form part of the UCL / GOSH MSc Advanced Paediatrics Programme. External candidates are invited to apply via the links above to study separate modules alongside the MSc students.

Content is matched to UK and global PICM curricula, aiming to provide much of the knowledge and understanding required to undertake the EPIC DIPLOMA (European Paediatric/Neonatal Intensive Care; ESPNIC – European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care).

Who are these modules for?

These modules are appropriate for multi-professional candidates with clinical roles in acute paediatrics.

General Paediatric Intensive Care Module:

Course Directors: Dr Nicholas Prince (St. George’s Hospital), Dr Andrew Jones (Great Ormond Street Hospital).

The general module will provide an excellent foundation for candidates entering paediatric critical care training (e.g. RCPCH GRID) or looking to work within paediatric HDU (e.g. via the RCPCH SPIN route)

Topics include:

  • Organisation of UK Paediatric Critical Care (PCC) services including quality, benchmarking and service improvement.
  • Physiological basis for critical illness.
  • Advanced pharmacology: drug choices, indications and side effects.
  • Organ support on the paediatric critical care unit: the physiological need and physics of therapy.
  • Right line, right place, right time.
  • Sub-speciality Paediatric Critical Care
  • Planning care for children with complex multisystem disease.
  • Human factors in critical care environments and crew resource management.
  • Current ‘Hot Topics’ in evidence-based PCC.
  • End of life care

Neonatal Intensive Care Module:

Module Director: Dr Rose Crowley and Professor H Clark (University College Hospital)

The module is designed for those working in both Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Local Neonatal Units. It would be particularly suitable for those planning to undertake the RCPCH Grid training or Special Interest Module in Neonatal Medicine.

Topics include:

  • Ventilation strategies for term and preterm infants
  • Management options for PDA
  • Inotropic support
  • Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC): prevention and management
  • Surgical conditions affecting the GI tract
  • Neonatal encephalopathy and neuroprotection
  • Preterm brain injury
  • Long term outcomes of Neonatal Care
  • Fetal medicine: the role of the Neonatologist
  • Human factors and crisis resource management in neonatal resuscitation
  • Ethical dilemmas in the Neonatal Unit

Cardiac Paediatric Intensive Care Module:

Module Director: Dr Veena Rajagopal (Great Ormond Street Hospital)

The cardiac critical care module is additionally suitable for candidates working in or with an interest in paediatric cardiology.

Topics include:

  • Cardiac physiology and pathophysiology
  • Congenital cardiac lesions, including postnatal presentation and early management.
  • Single ventricle day (anatomy of lesions, surgical palliation & peri-operative care)
  • Introduction to the concepts and practice of cardiopulmonary bypass and paediatric cardiac anaesthesia
  • Paediatric arrhythmias – recognition and treatment.
  • Pulmonary hypertension and management
  • Paediatric heart failure (medical and surgical treatment strategies)

Transport – Paediatric Intensive Care Module:

Module Director: Dr Linda Chigaru (Great Ormond Street Hospital)

The highly practical transport module is designed will be relevant to general paediatricians, paediatric critical care specialists, anaesthetists and allied health professionals with an interest in assessment, resuscitation, stabilisation and transport of the critically ill child.


  • Development of a functional multi-disciplinary team.
  • Assessment of the critically ill child.
  • Resuscitation and stabilisation of all common paediatric emergencies with hands-on experience.
  • Practical aspects of critical care transport and transport triage.
  • Introduction to transport crew resource management.
  • Framework for debriefing clinical events.
  • Principles behind governance and safety, quality, benchmarking and service improvement when out in the field.
  • Introduction to aeronautical transport principles