The Programme for Integrated Child Health (PICH) is now in its third year and is the first of its kind in the UK. It was developed to help paediatric and general practice trainees to better understand what is meant by integration of children’s health services and to put these theories into practice through project work.
We invited the research and development team from the Institute of Education at University College, London to evaluate our programme and are delighted to share some of the findings from their report, published this month. They said “The PICH programme was perceived to be well run, worthwhile, and provided the desired benefits in terms of education and learning about how integrated care can be delivered.”
At a time of unprecedented pressure on the NHS and low morale amongst healthcare professionals, PICH appeared to provide hope and inspiration for participants. “The learning environment was one of the successes of the PICH programme. It generated great enthusiasm and passion and appeared to be extremely effective in raising morale. The data suggested that the seminars in particular engendered infectious feelings of positivity towards the goals and methods of the programme, and this was in some cases vitally important when set against a backdrop of severe and systemic difficulties in the NHS.”
Participants described that the programme helped them gain confidence, independence and form networks as well as giving them tools for leadership and individual reflection. One of the unique aspects of PICH that sets it apart from other courses is the ambitious and sophisticated objectives for participants: “The PICH programme is somewhat unconventional in emphasising ongoing skills development and personal development, rather than the acquisition of a prescribed body of information, and this is a real strength of the course.”
For more information about PICH visit the website http://www.pich.org.uk.
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