Paediatric Neurodisability Diploma

Paediatric Disability course on a laptop

British Academy of Childhood Disability Peadiatric Disability Distance LearningSheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with the British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) to offer the Paediatric Neurodisability Diploma.

Audience: All doctors currently providing care for disabled children and young people
Duration: Two-year part-time distance learning course including four residentials in Sheffield
Cost: £4800 / £4600 BACD members

All grid trainees in paediatric neurodisability are encouraged to take the course as it complements the grid training programme and provides a useful framework to gain the expected competencies.

Course content

The course includes twelve subject units, delivered in four clinical modules, covering the many aspects of paediatric disability. It complements the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Paediatric Neurodisability Level 3 Training Programme.

All of the core modules are relevant to practice and include material prepared by experts, recommended reading and exercises based on the text. You will also take part in four residentials, each related to one of the four modules.

You will complete an in-depth critical appraisal audit and/or service evaluation alongside the course modules with anticipation of a completed audit cycle.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a Diploma from the British Academy of Childhood Disability.

Module 1 - Communication, networking and introduction to disability
Module 2 - Epilepsy, cerebral palsy and motor disorders
Module 3 - Learning, developmental and communication disabilities
Module 4 - Sensory impairment and wider aspects of disability
Module 5 - Critical appraisal, audit and service evaluation (runs alongside modules 1-4)


You must attend four mandatory residential courses at the Ryegate Children’s Centre in Sheffield during the course of the Diploma.

The residential courses provide opportunities to interact with other students on the course, with members of the course team and with expert practitioners in paediatric disability.

Distance learning

Distance learning enables you to manage the majority of your learning in your own time. Course materials are distributed by email which includes working with interactive PDFs.

You will have a designated tutor who is an expert in the field. They can provide local support or remote support by email, tailored to your individual situation and requirements.

Course administration is handled by the course team based at the Ryegate Children’s Centre in Sheffield.

Course booking information and fees

First year fee: £2400 / £2300 BACD members
Second year fee: £2400 / £2300 BACD members

Registration deadline: applications are currently being accepted for September 2018

For further information and enquiries please contact the course team:

Mary Colclough, Course Manager
Tel: 0114 226 0614

Sarah Butler, Course Co-ordinator
Tel: 0114 226 0613

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