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A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Paediatric psychology (TIPS-PH)

The Training in Psychological Skills - Paediatric Healthcare (TIPS-PH) programme aims to increase psychological capability and capacity amongst all paediatric healthcare staff.

It acknowledges that all staff contribute to psychosocial care for children and young people and aims to enhance competency and confidence in psychological skills within all disciplines and levels of expertise. Training is accessible to all paediatric health and social care staff.

Current training portfolio

The programme includes core and advanced skills-based workshops, e-learning and online resources for paediatric and neonatal healthcare staff. Workshops are delivered both nationally and as local events delivered by a network of local paediatric psychologists across Scotland.

You can find more information in the leaflet about the content of our training programme [PDF].

If you require any further information about any of our courses, please contact

Skills based workshops for paediatric staff

Please see below a list of the skills-based workshops we offer. National Training events for our Skills-Based Workshops are held by NES across the year and local training events are also delivered regularly by our network of Paediatric Psychologists across Scotland.

Please contact for further information about national training events.

Alternatively, please contact your local paediatric clinical psychology department for details of upcoming local workshops.

Core skills based workshops

  • Communication skills
  • Motivational interviewing approaches
  • Reducing distress
  • Promoting positive behaviour
  • Managing paediatric pain

Advanced workshops for paediatric staff seeking further development of their skills

  • Promoting engagement in healthcare for children and young people with long-term health conditions
  • Significant conversations in life limiting conditions and palliative care
  • Managing persistent physical health symptoms in children and young people: medically Unexplained/functional symptoms

Skills based workshops for neonatal health care staff

  • Identifying and managing distress in a neonatal Unit
  • Communication skills

Online modules (available on TURAS)

Paediatric competency framework

University College London in association with NES have developed a competency framework for psychological approaches and interventions in multidisciplinary paediatric health settings. This was launched in March 2018.

The framework makes suggestions about best practice, in light of current knowledge of the effectiveness of psychological approaches and interventions. The aim of the Framework is to ensure that services are delivered in a psychologically informed way, integrating physical health with psychological wellbeing and mental health.

Please find the framework, along with a background document on the University College London website.

Related resources

Last updated: 25/09/2020

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