BACD and Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust (SCH) have established a new partnership to deliver web-based distance learning courses to professionals supporting disabled children and young people and their families.

BACD members are eligible for discounted fees on all PDDL courses.


Paediatric Neurodisability Diploma

This course includes twelve subject units, delivered in four clinical modules, covering the many aspects of paediatric disability. It complements the RCPCH Paediatric Neurodisability Level 3 Training Programme. Upon successful completion of the course participants are awarded a Diploma from the British Academy of Childhood Disability.

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.

Audience: All doctors currently providing care for disabled children and young people. Grid trainees in paediatric disability are encouraged to take the course as it provides a useful framework to gain the expected competencies.

Duration: Two-year part-time distance learning course, including four residentials in Sheffield.

Cost: £5000 / £4800 BACD members

We are no longer accepting applications for September 2021 as we have reached full capacity for the cohort. We now welcome applications for the next intake – September 2022. Application deadline: Friday 27 May 2022


An introduction to Paediatric Disability and Clinical Assessment Course

This course has been developed by paediatric disability experts at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. After completing the course you will be able to:

Reflect on your own practice, as well as the policies and practices where you work and be able to make positive changes as a result of your learning.
Understand concepts of disability and relate these to your work with disabled children and young people.
Carry out clinical assessment of potentially disabled children and young people.
Carry out developmental assessment effectively.
Communicate effectively with children, young people and their families.
Evaluate and advise on screening and surveillance programmes relating to neurodisability.
Audience: specialist nurses, paediatricians and any professionals working with disabled children and young people and those following different developmental pathways.

Cost: £300 / £250 BACD members


ADHD and Comorbid Conditions Course

This course is developed from unit 8 of the Paediatric Neurodisability Diploma and provides in-depth training in how to assess and support children with ADHD and their families. After completing the course you will be able to:

Understand the definition of ADHD and its possible aetiologies and synthesise this into clinical practice
Be part of a team involved in assessment and management of children and young people with ADHD and comorbid developmental and mental health difficulties
Critically evaluate local health services and contribute to service development
Make informed judgements within this area, knowing when to ask for help and when to refer on
Provide effective advice to education, social care and other agencies
Audience: Specialist nurses, paediatric trainees and other health professionals working with children and young people with ADHD.

Duration: Four months distance learning including one study day in Sheffield

Cost: £450 / £400 BACD members


Autism, Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Childhood

This course is for professionals involved with assessment and support for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, including autism spectrum. The course covers the range of communication conditions. Autism spectrum conditions will be looked at separately within the course. 

Through completion of this course, you will be able to evaluate children and young people, identify their speech, language and communication needs, understand to what extent these affect them and establish person-centred, goal-based and participation-related outcomes together with children, young people, their families and multidisciplinary teams.

Audience: Doctors, specialist nurses, education staff and any other health professionals supporting children and young people with Autism and their families

Duration: Four months distance learning

Cost: £350 / £300 BACD members


Children and Young People with Cerebral Palsies Course

This course is developed from unit 5 of the Paediatric Neurodisability Diploma and provides in-depth training in how to assess and support children with cerebral palsies and their families.

After completing the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the pathology and pathophysiology relating to the cerebral palsies and synthesise this into clinical practice.
  • Understand how epidemiological principles apply in the field of the cerebral palsies and use this in other fields.
  • Assess and manage children and young people with cerebral palsies.
  • Make informed judgements within this area of neurodisability, knowing when to ask for help and when to refer on.
  • Critically evaluate local health services.
  • Contribute to service development and present a case for this.
  • Provide effective advice to education.

Audience: Doctors, specialist nurses, education staff and any other health professionals supporting children and young people with cerebral palsies and their families

Duration: Four months distance learning 

Cost: £450 / £400 BACD members


Epilepsy: Diagnosis, Description, Management and Disability Course

This course is developed from unit 4 of the Paediatric Neurodisability Diploma and provides in-depth training in the assessment, description and management of epilepsy and associated conditions. After completing the course you will be able to:

  • Understand what the epilepsies are and are not, what causes  them, how to accurately describe them and to integrate these elements into clinical practice
  • Assess and manage children and young people with epilepsies
    Make informed judgements within this area of paediatric disability, knowing when to ask for help and when to refer on
  • Critically evaluate local health services and identify gaps
    Contribute to service development and present a case for this 
  • Provide effective, relevant and evidence-based advice for colleagues in education settings, parents, carers and lay people who may support children and young people with epilepsies

Audience: Any professionals who work with children and young people and wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of epilepsy

Duration: Approximately four months distance learning

Cost: £350 / £300 BACD members


For further information and enquiries please contact the course team.

British Academy of Childhood Disability is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1177868
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