Basic training requirements for health care professionals who care for children
The European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP) is the paediatric section of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). The UEMS is responsible for the supervision and approval of training programmes in paediatrics and in its subspecialties. This implies also that EAP has the responsibility to address the training of all professionals working with children, to ensure that their paediatric competences and skills are adequate when dealing with children. The EAP has developed syllabi for paediatricians that provide standards of practice, and criteria for the assessment of competencies in trainees and training centres across Europe. The EAP recommends that all health care professionals working with children should have an officially approved training in child health in addition to formal qualifications in their own field. Moreover, the existing paediatric workforce must maintain their knowledge and skills with relevant continuous professional development and medical education in child health.
Conclusion: There is a need to reassess the training of all health care professionals caring for children, ensuring that it supports new models of integrated and multidisciplinary care and focuses on the needs of the child and the family. A standardised, competency-based minimum paediatric training programme/curriculum should be part in the specialty curriculums.
KeywordsEuropean Academy of Paediatrics EAP Minimal training requirements
Continuous medical education
Continuous professional development
European Academy of Paediatrics
European Union of Medical Specialists
Jernej Završnik: Study conception, design and drafting the article.
Tom Stiris: Reviewed the manuscript and gave important comments.
Lenneke Schrier: Reviewed the manuscript and gave important comments.
Robert Ross Russell: Scrutinised and reviewed the manuscript.
Stefano del Torso: Reviewed the manuscript.
Arunas Valiulis: Reviewed the manuscript.
Jean-Christophe Mercier: Reviewed the manuscript.
Károly Illy: Reviewed the manuscript.
Adamos Hadjipanayis: Commented on the initial draft and contributed to improve the manuscript in terms of content and structure.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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