GPs and paediatricians call for joint training to improve child healthcare

O’Dowd, A. BMJ. 2016. 353:i2715

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Two royal colleges have urged GPs and paediatricians to train together to boost their skills and help improve standards of care for children.

Interprofessional training will help clinicians, increase the quality of child care, and reduce strain on services, claimed the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of General Practitioners in a joint position paper, published on 13 May.1

The colleges cited the success of a pilot scheme that brought together trainee GPs and paediatricians, which showed a reduction in parents taking their children to the emergency department, fewer referrals to specialist children’s services, and better adherence to national guidance.

The new report, Learning Together to Improve Child Health, detailed the Learning Together2 scheme in London, which involved GP and paediatric registrars in their final years of training working in child health training clinics together.

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