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Age Appropriate Care

Adolescence is a critical period for engaging the population in health, as it is a stage when new health behaviours are laid down which are maintained into adulthood and influence lifelong health.

NES has been charged by the Scottish Government to develop an educational resource which would support this service need. A training needs and gap analysis commissioned by NES in 2009 highlighted the increasing recognition that the healthcare requirements of young people are physiologically and emotionally different to those of adults, and that healthcare services provision needs to take cognisance of and respond to the specifically identified needs of adolescents. In order to equip staff involved in the delivery of these services with the necessary skills and competencies, NES has commissioned the development, provision and evaluation of an accessible and multi-faceted e-resource.

The adolescent e-resource comprises of a series of sequential e-learning sessions, graded for content and for different target audiences, to enable flexible use by a range of professionals of differing levels, professional roles and responsibilities. It will include core generic skills, competencies and topics including:-

  • Healthy adolescent development
  • Young person friendly services
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Substance Misuse and Abuse
  • Transition Care and Management