Vaccines in Practice

General practitioner


60 minutes

Target Audiences

  • Paediatric and GP trainees
  • The course will also be of interest to 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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Course information

Welcome to the RCPCH Vaccines In Practice eLearning course. This course has been designed to primarily facilitate the development of skills in communicating the benefits of vaccination. 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. This course can be completed in 60 minutes and covers the foundation of clinical vaccinology relevant to UK practitioners working with children.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the rationale behind vaccination programmes
  • Explain the design of the UK vaccination schedule using basic immunology principles
  • Communicate basic concepts of vaccination to parents effectively
  • Develop consultation skills in counselling vaccine-hesitant parents
  • Access resources and specialist advice on vaccination

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 Anu Goenka

Subject matter expert

Dr Chrissie Jones

Subject matter expert

Dr Mary Ramsay

Subject matter expert

Professor Adam Finn

support for video material for this module.

Creation and review log

Launch dateOctober 2015
Review dateFebruary 2020
Next reviewFebruary 2023

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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