The aim of paediatric curriculum is to produce high quality paediatricians with a broad range of skills, supported by assessments which are competency based. The underlying principles are those of MMC and summarised in Millers Triangle. The diagram below has been modified to indicate the different stages of development and at which stage the parts of the MRCPCH are expected to be taken.

Miller’s Pyramid for assessing competence

Meetings include Journal Club, X- ray Meetings, Perinatal Meetings, Regional Study days (PEP days) and Clinical Governance meetings. In addition, you will be expected to take part in clinical audit and case presentations. The learning available in clinical settings includes the wards, delivery suite, A&E, Outpatients and the Child Development Centre.

The Thames Valley and Wessex Neonatal Operational Delivery Network has published an eLearning Module on ‘Positioning the Preterm Infant’ which is now available on the eLearning Repository and you are welcome to share with colleagues who may be interested. You can login and download it from the Repository at the link below. A further two links are provided below for previewing, both within and outside of an LMS. The course description and outcomes are listed below.

Description: This is an interactive e learning module on the basic principles of good positioning care and is ideal for use as part of blended learning.. There is a quiz of 6 questions of which you will need to achieve 100% to pass and receive a certificate.

Target audience: staff who are new to working in neonatal units.

Length: up to 30 minutes

Learning objectives:

This resource is designed to enable staff to be able to:

  • examine why good positioning of an infant receiving care in a neonatal unit is important
  • discuss the value of different positions
  • give guidance on how to assess positioning comfort
  • make recommendations for stability during position changes


This learning content in this resource has been developed by members of the Thames Valley & Wessex Neonatal Operational Delivery Network in association with NIDCAP. The module has been created by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Positioning LMS

Positioning non-LMS

Chichester Programme Lead

Dr Asma Shah
College Tutor

Worthing Programme Lead

Dr Katia Vamvakiti
College Tutor