Paediatric Osteopathy for Under 1’s

Dates: 14-15 September 2019

Course leader: Samantha Fennell

Cost: £218-£270


About the course

This course is intended as an introduction to osteopaths who are considering treating paediatric patients or for osteopaths who treat paediatrics and would like a refresher course on safeguarding and common presentations in the under 1’s. Case history taking, examination and treatment of paediatric patients, particularly babies under one, require specific paediatric knowledge and skills, the basics of which will be covered in this two-day course. You will learn the specific issues regarding communication and consent when treating paediatrics and learn how to recognise safeguarding concerns.  Common presentations in the under 1’s and osteopathic treatment will be introduced together with common pathologies in different paediatric age groups. The course will also cover paediatric emergency first aid.


Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) and other CPD elements covered 

A) Communication and patient partnership A1, A2, A3, A4, A5

B) Knowledge, skills and performance B1, B2, B3

C) Safety and quality in practice C1, C2, C4

D Professionalism D1, D10


Learning outcomes

Safe guarding, Consent and Communication in Paediatrics

  • Understand the complexities of consent and communication in the under 16 and how and when to apply Gillick competence
  • Learn how to identify potential safeguarding issues in the paediatric patient and write a safeguarding policy
  • Understand the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) guidance in relation to paediatric practice
  • Learn practical approaches to communicating with paediatric patients and their parents

Case history and examination in the under 1

  • Learn the relevant questions to ask when taking the case history in this age group
  • Gain confidence in examination of the under 1
  • Learn how to decide if the patient is suitable for osteopathy or whether they should be referred to other health professionals.
  • Learn the appropriate developmental milestones in the under 1

Paediatric first aid - a 4 hour first aid course

  • Learn what to include in your first aid box
  • Learn the primary assessment of an infant including CPR, high temperatures, asthma, allergic reactions, diabetes, epilepsy, head injuries, fractures and burns

Common presentations in Under 1's

  • Learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of the common presentations in under 1’s
  • Know which presentations are suitable for the osteopath to treat and when to refer
  • Modify your techniques to work on children in this age group
  • Identify other professionals that work in this area and how to collaborate to benefit your patients
  • Know where to look for the evidence in this area of practice to inform your clinical reasoning and decision making
  • Develop short, medium and long term patient management goals



Day 1 

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30-12:30 Safeguarding, Consent and communication in paediatric practice - a practical approach

  • Gillick competence – In the under 16 paediatric patient population. How do we assess competence and decide if we can treat a patient or if parental supervision is required?
  • Safeguarding training – Different types safeguard issues, warning signs – what to look for in each age group, actions required if someone discloses a safeguarding issue or you identify something of concern and who to refer to. 
  • Writing a safeguarding policy for your practice – what you need to include
  • ASA guidelines – what you can say and what you can’t in relation to paediatric practice
  • GDPR and paediatric patients  
  • A practical approach to communication with paediatric patients and their parents.  How to overcome the challenges.
  • Applying ALLBRAN in the paediatric setting (Allowing time, benefits, risk, alternatives and doing nothing)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:30 Case history and examination for the Under 1 

  • Relevant questions to ask the parents when taking case history in the under one in order to form your differential diagnosis.
  • Practical - Examination of the under 1.
  • Developmental milestones
  • Key developmental milestones – gross motor, fine motor and social
  • Concerns – when should you be concerned regarding developmental milestones and who should you be referring to.

Day 2 

09:00-12:30 Paediatric First Aid 

  • Basics of first aid, including, guidance on what to include in your first aid box, and explains the primary assessment.
  • High temperatures, asthma and allergic reactions, diabetes and epilepsy, head injuries, fractures and burns.
  • Practical CPR

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:30 Common presentations in the under 1 – lectures and practical sessions

  • Common pathologies in the under 1 – lecture and practical 
  • Common presentations treated by osteopaths and how to treat them – lectures and practical
  • Identify other professionals that work in this area and how to collaborate to benefit your patients
  • Evidence based practice – What evidence is available regarding the efficacy of paediatric osteopathic practice?
  • How to use the available evidence to inform your clinical reasoning and decision making
  • How to develop short, medium and long-term patient management goals


Course suitability

The course is suitable for osteopaths who already treat paediatrics and would like to refresh their knowledge and for osteopaths who are considering taking on this patient group.


Course leader

Samantha Fennell

A former graduate of the UCO, Samantha now heads up the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Paediatric Osteopathic Practice using innovation, evidence based and patient centred approaches to meet the needs of varied patients that are seen within the paediatric clinic.

Samantha was a member of UCO clinic faculty for eight years before stepping into the course leader role so knows first-hand some of the challenges that students face on their journey to becoming an osteopath. 

As an active member of faculty and the wider Osteopathic Community, Samantha sits on several of our committees and is part the General Osteopathic Council steering group looking at minimum standards in paediatric practise. Her specialist area is paediatrics and she continues to lecture in this subject both in the UK and Europe, delivering an evidence-based approach to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

She is an enthusiastic senior member of staff who when not at the university heads up The Jamii Project, a social enterprise working with young people not in education, employment or training. Her passion is to see osteopathy recognised in remote areas of the world so regularly works alongside a UK medical team in Burma with displaced indigenous people.

Samantha is looking forward to welcoming you to the UCO.

Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.