• Adolescent Health: improving health outcomes in young people
    Adolescent Health E-learning Course
    Adolescent Health: improving health outcomes in young people
    • Suitable for all healthcare professionals working with young people
    • Features interactive content, with high-resolution images and video clips
    • Equips you with essential youth communication skills

Helping young people to lead healthier and more active lives

This Adolescent Health programme provides continuing professional development (CPD) for all health professionals who work with people in this age group. It will equip you with the skills to help young people lead healthier and more active lives. The programme has been developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in partnership with a number of other Royal Colleges and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

During the programme, you'll explore a variety of topics, such as youth communication skills, sexual health, obesity and confidentiality. Interactive features, such as case studies and video clips, help you to develop a good understanding of the views of young people and professionals on key issues.

The programme, which has been instigated and funded by the UK Department of Health, has been written by subject-matter specialists from a broad range of related disciplines.

Adolescent Health is available online 24/7 so you can study in the workplace, at home or on the move.

Any questions?

If you have any further queries on our programmes, please take a look at our frequently asked questions or contact us.

Course Content

The Adolescent Health programme includes 13 modules that are divided up into 70 e-learning sessions. These sessions are split into four different levels to suit the needs of a variety of health professionals.

Module 1 – Introduction: Health and Illness in Adolescence

  • Introduction to Adolescent Health and Illness
  • Guidance and Policy for Young People's Health
  • Investing in Adolescent Health

Module 2: Healthy Development

  • Healthy Development in Adolescence
  • Concepts of Puberty
  • Pubertal Assessment
  • Psychosocial Development
  • Social Development
  • Assessing Development Stage

Module 3: The Legal Framework

  • The Legal Framework for Working with Young People
  • Assessing Competence in Young People
  • Confidentiality in Consultations and in Health Services
  • Confidentiality: Formal and Accidental Disclosure
  • Giving and Getting Consent
  • Ethics: Background and its Importance
  • Ethics: Using the Deliberative Process
  • Safeguarding Adolescents

Module 4: Communication and Consultation with Young People

  • Communication Skills in Young People
  • Health Communication and Young People: Setting the Scene
  • Gathering Information and Exploring Sensitive Issues
  • Explaining and Consent
  • Motivating and Empowering

Module 5: Health Promotion and Advocacy

  • Health Promotion in Young People
  • Health Promotion in Clinical Consultations

Module 6: Chronic Conditions and Transitions

  • The Experience of Chronic Illness and Disability During Adolescence
  • Disability in Adolescence
  • Sexuality and Health Risk Behaviours in Chronic Illness and Disability
  • The Expert Young Person/Patient
  • Transition from Child-centred to Adult-centred Health Care
  • Practical Approaches to Transition
  • Developing a Transition Programme 

Module 7: Concordance and Adherence

  • Adherence and Concordance in Young People
  • Practical Approaches to Improving Adherence and Concordance

Module 8: Youth Friendly Services

  • Introduction to Youth Friendly Services
  • Community-based Drop-in Services for Young People
  • Designing Innovative Services for Young People
  • Making Hospital Services Youth Friendly

Module 9: Sexual and Reproductive Health

  • Sexual Behaviour in Adolescence
  • Sexual Assault in Young People
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections in Young People
  • Contraception
  • Teenage Parents
  • Adolescent Gynaecology
  • Preventing Pregnancy

Module 10: Self-harm and Common Mental Problems

  • Mental Health and Well-being in Adolescence
  • Introduction to Self-harm
  • The Assessment and Management of Self-harm
  • The Assessment of Common Mental Health Problems
  • Recognising Common Mental Health Problems
  • Management of Common Mental Health Problems
  • Specific Approaches to Managing Common Mental Health Problems

Module 11: Substance Use and Misuse

  • Substance Use, Misuse and Abuse
  • Managing Substance Use Problems in Routine Clinical Practice
  • Substance Misuse: Prevention Strategies

Module 12: Overweight and Underweight

  • Body Shape and Body Image in Adolescence
  • Nutritional Requirements in Adolescence
  • Development of Normal Eating Behaviour
  • Obesity in Young People
  • Public Health and Community Management of Adolescent Obesity
  • Medical Assessment and Management of Obesity
  • Eating Disorders in Young People
  • Assessment of Eating Disorders
  • Management Strategies for Eating Disorders
  • Multidisciplinary Management of Adolescent Obesity

Module 13: Common Medical Problems

  • Introduction to Common Symptoms and Help-seeking
  • Sleep Problems in Adolescence
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndromes in Adolescence
  • Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Adolescence
  • Acne
  • Glandular Fever



Self-Harm and Common Mental Health Problems

This session describes four evidence-based talking therapies used for treating mental health problems in young people in a range of settings. It also briefly covers current guidance on the management of specific conditions and makes reference to pharmacological interventions when appropriate.


Introduction to Young People Friendly Services

This session introduces the basic elements of young people friendly services. The policy context and evidence for specific young people focused services is explored. The importance of young people’s views is acknowledged as a focus for service improvement.


Single-user access to the Adolescent Health e-learning programme for 12 months costs £75 (excluding VAT where applicable). To purchase a licence, please click on the ‘Register’ button below.

Discounted rate

The full suite of Healthy Child e-learning programmes, including Healthy Child, Healthy School Child and Adolescent Health, can be purchased at a discounted rate of £150 (+VAT). This represents a significant saving of £50 on the cost of purchasing these licences individually. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Once you have submitted your details and your payment has been processed, your account details (user name and password) will be emailed to you within two to three working days.

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