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The role of paediatricians in specialist nurse training: a community child health example
  1. Cliona Ni Bhrolchain
  1. Community Paediatrics, Retired, Wirral, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Cliona Ni Bhrolchain, Community Paediatrics, Retired, Wirral, UK; clionanib{at}


Specialist and advanced nursing roles have started to emerge in paediatrics and paediatricians may be asked to support nurses through their training. While there are specific training programmes for some areas of practice eg, neonatology, there are currently no programmes for others. Paediatricians may therefore find themselves being asked to train nurse specialists outside a formal training programme, or to provide the clinical specialty component linked to a generic MSc course, where the paediatrician may be required to devise a training curriculum specific to their area of practice. Using community child health as an example, this paper outlines how paediatricians might approach this, based on the experience of the author. However, the principles outlined can apply to any area of paediatrics.

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was first published. There was some duplicated text in the abstract and this has now been removed.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.