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Department of Child & Family Health

About the Department

Together, we shape, change and save lives through innovative education, research and practice. At the heart of everything we do is our motivation to help children and their families – especially when their health and wellbeing are at risk.

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The placements with our clinical partners in world-class hospitals attract many of our students. But it’s only when they join us, they realise what it really means to part of our nursing community. We develop innovative teaching methods to prepare our students for practice. Most importantly, we listen to what they say about our courses and the way they learn. To make sure healthcare moves forward, we need to unravel challenges and find solutions. That’s why it’s vital that we collaborate with other departments within the Faculty and wider university community.  

Growing an experienced team

The Department has a close-knit team of tutors, lecturer practitioners, clinical teachers and lecturers that teach across our pre- and post-registration courses. Their expertise is invaluable to students who are beginning their journey and healthcare professionals taking the next step in their career. Our clinical teachers share their experiences in the lecture theatre to bring learning alive. Listening to their insight, students grasp how to tackle the everyday challenges they’ll face when they graduate. 

We want to deliver a curriculum that creates compassionate and curious nurses who want to provide the best care they can.

Stacey Marr, Senior Teaching Fellow

Developing the next generation of child and public health professionals 

We offer two routes to registration as a children’s nurse and a specialist community public health nurse course. For qualified nurses, we also offer professional development modules, masters degrees and research degree programmes. Everything we do is geared towards preparing students for their career. Alongside clinical placements and simulated practice, we arrange training sessions to build specialised skills.  For example, we hold workshops to teach Makaton (a language programme using signs and symbols). For that extra boost of confidence before they graduate, we run transition sessions to make the move from student to professional as smooth as possible.  

I wanted to be at distinguished hospitals like Guys & St. Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, University College London Hospital & Imperial College London Hospital – nowhere else could offer me all of these.

Jamie, BSc Children's Nursing student

Our courses

Transforming healthcare through research 

To solve challenges in the healthcare sector, we collaborate with other teams within the faculty, the wider academic community at King’s and external partners.  

The Department leads research in:

  • Acute and critical care
  • Palliative care and long term conditions
  • Child health in a global community
  • Pedagogy 
  • Genetics and family care 
  • Maternity and infant health 
  • Child and adolescent mental health  
  • Children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders   

The team shape guidance and quality standards in the profession. For example, Sheryl Gettings, a senior teaching in the Department, runs an annual conference on family-centred care, attended by health professionals, staff and students.  

 

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