Bacterial Meningitis & Meningococcal Septicaemia


90 minutes

Target Audiences

  • Paediatric and GP trainees
  • A wide range of child health professionals, including nurses and health visitors


Work through the module at your own pace.When you have completed the module, you can return at any time to re-review any of the sections.


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You will find the course content below. This Bacterial Meningitis & Meningococcal Septicaemia eLearning has two steps:

1) The elearning package

2) The post-course evaluation form

Once you have completed the eLearning package, a ‘Mark complete‘ button will be available. Click this button to complete the section.

Next, complete and submit the post-course evaluation form, and click the ‘Mark complete‘ button

Once all steps have been completed, a downloadable certificate of completion will be issued on the page.

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Course information

Welcome to the RCPCH Paediatric and Child Health Essentials: Bacterial Meningitis and Meningococcal Septicaemia eLearning module. This module has been designed to primarily revise essential knowledge and understanding of the disease. The core target audience is paediatric and GP trainees. The course will also be of interest to a wide range of child health professionals, including nurses and health visitors. It is expected that this course will take up to 90 minutes to complete.

Learning objectives:

  • To revise the standards and guidelines relating to bacterial meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia
  • To appreciate the wider impacts of the disease on children, young people and their families
  • To enforce the health professional’s understanding of advice for parents and carers in relation to signs and symptoms of the disease

This eLearning has been produced by the RCPCH and has been supported by GSK with an educational grant. GSK have had no editorial input. 

Subject matter experts

Dr Alistair Thomson

Subject matter expert

Dr Martin Richardson

Subject matter expert

Professor Andrew Riordan

Subject matter expert

Creation and review log

Launch dateOctober 2015
Review dateOctober 2017
Review date October 2019
Next reviewOctober 2022

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

As of 1st September 2016 the Revalidation and CPD team of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health no longer allocates a number CPD credits to courses or events. The removal of credits associated with events allows delegates to record the educational benefit of the activity through written reflection, in contrast to quantifying the significance based on the time duration of the course. This is in accordance with changes made to the CPD Scheme guidelines published in April 2016.

Detailed information and scheme guidance can be found on the RCPCH website

When recording the activity, delegates should focus on the reflection and detail the following:

  • What did you learn?
  • What effect has/will the learning had/have on your current practice?
  • What further learning or action, if any, is needed as a result of the original learning activity?

Should you have any questions regarding the removal of credits, please feel free to contact the CPD team

If you use the RCPCH CPD Diary, you can click here to visit the diary and record your learning: Log your learning on the RCPCH CPD Diary


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