Our courses

ESPNIC courses are designed to prepare candidates for the European Paediatric / Neonatal Intensive Care DiplomaTM or provide continuous professional development by refreshing participants’ core knowledge of the speciality. These events grant unique networking opportunities with ESPNIC experts and fellow participants from around Europe.

Additionally, our society offers a wide range of online courses through the ESPNIC Education portal.

COURSE LENGTH

The course will be available as fully self-paced online from 28 April – 28 July 2022. During this time you will have access to the lecture recordings and the final assessment and can complete these at your own pace in your own time.

Two live sessions will be organized during this course, during which the lecture recordings will be shown and there will be time for Q&A with the faculty of the lectures. The live sessions are not mandatory to attend, but we encourage you to join to ask questions regarding the content:

Session 1 will be on 28 April 2022 from 14.00-18.00 CEST. This session will cover the five lectures of Part 1 of the course on Pharmacology.

Session 2 will be organized in early June (dates to be confirmed soon, either 3 or 9 June 2022 from 14.00-17.30 CEST). This session will cover the five lectures of Part 2 of the course on Analgesia and Sedation.

All course materials will be available on the ESPNIC Education Portal from 28 April – 28 July.

DESCRIPTION

The basic course presents concepts of pharmacology useful in PICU and focuses on analgesia and sedation. The course will offer 2 option live sessions to watch the lectures and ask questions to the faculty.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand pharmacology applied to PICU
  2. Distinguish PK and PD of drugs in PICU patients
  3. To report the best evidence on analgesia and sedation and its complications

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

To successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion, participants must watch the lecture recordings, receive a minimum score of 80% on the final assessment by 28 July 2022, and complete the course evaluation survey. Participants who attempt the final assessment but do not pass will be eligible for a certificate of participation.

PRICES

ESPNIC Members EUR 50
Non-ESPNIC Members EUR 100

 

REGISTER

Register here as a non-ESPNIC-member.
Register here as an ESPNIC member (purchase via the members’ area).

DOWNLOAD THE FULL COURSE BROCHURE HERE

COURSE LENGTH

The estimated time required to complete the course, including final assessment, is 5 hours.

DESCRIPTION

The ESPNIC online nursing courses focuses on important clinical issues of interest and relevance to nurses. Expert researchers and nurses share the most up to date evidence and discussion around these issues and topics.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand and describe the anatomical and physiological differences between adults and children
  2. Understand and describe the assessment of the critically ill child
  3. Understand and describe post-intensive care syndrome in children (PICS-p)
  4. Discuss best practices in end of life (palliative) care in the critically ill child
  5. Discuss the measurement of family satisfaction within the paediatric and neonatal intensive care unit
  6. Discuss family-centred care in the paediatric and neonatal intensive care unit
  7. Understand the principles and practicalities of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) in critically ill children
  8. Understand the principles and practicalities of peritoneal dialysis in critically ill children
  9. Describe the barriers for starting enteral nutrition in critically ill children
  10. Understand the considerations in performing endotracheal suctioning in high-risk patients
  11. Describe the issues in caring for children with sedation and withdrawal
  12. Understand and discuss pain assessment in the neonate and child
  13. Understand the principles and process for detailed respiratory assessment (including chest auscultation) in critically ill children

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

To successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion, participants must watch all lectures, receive a minimum score of 75% on the final assessment, and complete the course evaluation survey within the course opening period (18 April – 18 July 2022). Participants who attempt the final assessment but do not pass will be eligible for a certificate of participation.

PRICES

ESPNIC Members EUR 50
Non-ESPNIC Members EUR 120
Unit Price (max. 10 participants) EUR 500

 

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Register for the course here.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL COURSE BROCHURE HERE

COURSE LENGTH

The estimated time required to complete the course, including the final assessment, is 5 hours.

DESCRIPTION

A self-paced online course highly relevant to all PICU and NICU healthcare professionals.  This is a basic overview of Evidence-Based Practice and how to read and interpret different paper types. Please note that this course does not cover understanding statistical tests and data analysis.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand what evidence-based practice means
  2. Be able to formulate a clinical question
  3. Understand the principles of critical appraisal
  4. Understand the importance of and methods to implement evidence into practice
  5. Be able to assess the relevance of published research to your own practice or clinical question
  6. Be able to appraise different types of published research and judge their credibility and reliability

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

To successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion, participants must watch all lectures, receive a minimum score of 75% on the final assessment, and complete the course evaluation survey within the course opening period (18 April – 18 July 2022). Participants who attempt the final assessment but do not pass will be eligible for a certificate of participation.

PRICES

ESPNIC Members EUR 50
Non-ESPNIC Members EUR 120
Unit Price (max. 10 participants) EUR 500

 

REGISTER

Register for the course here.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL COURSE BROCHURE HERE

COURSE LENGTH

The estimated time required to complete the course, including the final assessment, is 40 hours.

DESCRIPTION

The Mechanical Ventilation Course has been developed by the members of the ESPNIC Respiratory Failure Section. In over 40 sessions, the basics of paediatric mechanical ventilation will be discussed. Because mechanical ventilation is one of the most common interventions in the paediatric intensive care unit, this course is very relevant for all staff involved in the care of the critically ill child.

TOPICS

For a full list of course topics, please download the course brochure or see here.

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Conventional Modes
  • Part 3: Other Modes
  • Part 4: Ventilation in Different Scenarios
  • Part 5: Assessment and Further Steps
  • Part 6: Liberation from MV
  • Part 7: Complementary Treatments

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

To successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion, participants must watch all lectures, receive a minimum score of 75% on the final assessment, and complete the course evaluation survey within the course opening period (18 April – 18 August 2022). Participants who attempt the final assessment but do not pass will be eligible for a certificate of participation.

PRICES

ESPNIC Members EUR 100
Non-ESPNIC Members EUR 180

 

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Register for the course here.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL COURSE BROCHURE HERE

COURSE LENGTH

The estimated time required to complete the course, including the final assessment, is 2 hours.

DESCRIPTION

The Nutrition in Critical Care course includes 10 sessions delivered by experienced ESPNIC Nutrition Section members. The course is aimed at all members of the PICU multi-disciplinary team and based around the ESPNIC consensus nutrition guidelines.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Assess the nutritional status of the critically ill child
  2. Assess the energy requirements of the critically ill child
  3. Assess the protein requirements of the critically ill child
  4. Successfully plan and guide enteral feeding in the critically ill child
  5. Choose the most appropriate feed for the critically ill child
  6. Appropriately assess the tolerance of enteral nutrition
  7. Assess the role and timing of parental nutrition in the critically ill child

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

To successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion, participants must watch all lectures, receive a minimum score of 75% on the final assessment, and complete the course evaluation survey within the course opening period (18 April – 18 July 2022). Participants who attempt the final assessment but do not pass will be eligible for a certificate of participation.

PRICES

ESPNIC Members EUR 50
Non-ESPNIC Members EUR 120

 

REGISTER

Register for the course here. 

DOWNLOAD THE FULL COURSE BROCHURE HERE

The ESPNIC BASIC (Basic Assessment & Support in Intensive Care) course is an internationally recognized course of lectures, tutorials and skill stations focused on the management of the first 24h of critical illness in childhood.

The Course is organised by different institutions around the world but follows the same format, including; course textbook, mailed to participants prior to the course; online tutorial/lectures for pre-course preparation; pre-course MCQ-based formative assessment; followed by 2-3 day course consisting of lectures, skill stations and tutorials taught by Intensive Care specialists, with an emphasis on a practical approach to the management of critically ill patients. At the end of the course, a Post-course MCQ test is performed.

The course targets junior ICU doctors with little ICU experience, senior trainees in medicine, surgery or emergency medicine and senior ICU nurses.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Airway management & Mechanical ventilation
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Cardiopulmonary physiology
  • Haemodynamic monitoring
  • CHD, recognition & initial management
  • Management of shock
  • Interpretation of ABGs & CXR
  • Nutrition
  • Sedation & analgesia
  • Transport of critically ill children
  • Neurological emergencies
  • Acute renal failure
  • Severe sepsis & severe trauma

The ESPNIC Summer/Winter Schools are a 3-4 day refresher course targeted at candidates preparing for the European Paediatric / Neonatal Intensive Care DiplomaTM (EPIC DiplomaTM), or any individuals wanting to refresh their core knowledge in the specialty.

Each edition focuses on different topics from neurocritical care through ethics, non-invasive mechanical ventilation in the PICU/NICU to critical care nephrology.

The small scale event (up to 30 participants) allows practical hands-on training by key speakers and experts from ESPNIC. The course provides an insight into current topics and controversies in the newest topics in the Intensive Care world, covering both dedicated theory and practical components.

The ESPNIC International Multidisciplinary Paediatric and Neonatal Acute and Critical Care Research Summer School is an event, endorsed by ESPNIC and organized by different local societies in different countries. The programme provides a 2-day personalised learning experience for a small group of participants delivered by a large group of experienced faculty and research staff. This event aims to deepen participants’ understanding of methodological approaches to key issues. This is enabled by keynote plenary lectures on key issues, followed by optional elective workshops on methodological approaches or research issues. These sessions are suggested by research level starting from master’s level, through to early post-doctoral level.