Managing Children's Sleep Disorders in Clinical Practice
With over a decade of experience in teaching professionals about sleep and its disorders in children we have responded to demand by introducing a new modular online learning programme. This offers a number of advantages:
flexibility to choose what level of training is appropriate to your needs and practice
flexibility to choose specialist modules relevant to your practice
shorter courses that fit in more easily alongside demands of work
more cost effective (no travel, accommodation costs)
suited to a range of professionals enriching interdisciplinary learning
based on current clinical and research evidence
We deliver material in a way that is engaging, friendly and interactive. All of our trainers are NHS professional who daily ‘walk the talk’ and are enthusiastic to share their extensive knowledge and experience. Course material includes a rich set of filmed case study material throughout.
Feedback from May 2021 "Very informative session delivered by highly knowledgeable trainers and good opportunity to interact" "Really enjoyed this module. Would love to do more ........" "Fascinating info and really have lots of ideas that I think will help families "
Who is the course suitable for? All professionals who regularly work with children who have sleep problems, and work for a statutory organisation, for example:
Learning disability nurses
Module Breakdown Core Modules 1 and 2 will be presented twice this year and Specialist Modules 3, 4 and 5 will be presented once towards the end of the year. All modules are delivered online.
Core Modules are priced at £150 per module. Specialist Modules are priced at £185 per module.
Core Module 1 - Basic Sleep Know-how This course provides a basic scientific understanding of sleep and will allow you to advise on evidenced based good sleep habits. It can be taken as a stand-alone course and requires no pre-requisites but is also a foundation for later specialist modules.
Children’s sleep problems in a family context
Science of Sleep – understanding the mysteries of sleep
Why children sleep - the role of sleep in childhood
Culture and Sleep – sleep around the world
Fundamentals of Sleep Hygiene – providing advice based on science not ‘hearsay’
Dates & Cost:
20th and 21st May 2021
30th September and 1st October 2021
9 am – 1pm each day (8 hours total)
Core Module 2 - Disorders of Sleep This course develops your understanding of sleep disorders in childhood (based on the international classification of sleep disorders III) and how these can be treated. This course is relevant to all professionals who wish to develop sleep services; general paediatricians with a special interest in sleep and specialist paediatricians (consultants and trainees e.g. respiratory/neurology/neurodisability) wishing to further their knowledge.
Pre-requisites: You must:
have attended core module 1 (or evidence attendance at a similar course)
work for a statutory or voluntary organisation that is responsible for your clinical practice.
Core Sleep Disorders and their treatments (e.g. disorders of hypersomnolence, movement disorders, circadian rhythm disorders; chronic insomnia; sleep related breathing disorders)
Use of medication in sleep
Dates & Cost:
10th and 11th of June 2021
14th and 15th of October 2021
9 am – 1pm (8 hours in total)
SPECIALIST MODULES These modules require you to have completed Core Module 1 or 2 or to provide evidence of attendance at an appropriate alternative sleep course.
Specialist Module 3: Managing sleep problems in neurodevelopmental disorders - a practical and evidence based approach
Sleep and ASD
Sleep and ADHD
Learning disability and sleep with some syndrome specific examples
Date & Cost:
4th and 5th of November
9am to 2pm (10 hours in total)
Specialist Module 4 – Managing sleep problems in children with physical disability and sensory impairment – a practical and evidence based approach
Epilepsy and sleep
Date & Cost:
18th and 19th of November 2021
9am – 2pm (10 hours in total)
Specialist Module 5 - Managing Chronic Insomnia - a practical and evidence based approach Chronic insomnia is the commonest sleep disorder in childhood affecting neurotypical and neurodiverse children alike. Managing this well is the bedrock of any sleep clinic both in community and specialist settings. This course offers a rich blend of theory and practice to help you improve your skills.
Anxiety and sleep
Attachment and sleep
Date & Cost:
25th and 26th of November 2021
9 – 2pm (10 hours in total)
On completion of the course you will receive PIER certification.
This course has Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accreditation .
Course fee and cancellation policy Price - Per module. Please see above. Applicants will be liable for 50% of the course cost if cancellation is made six or more weeks prior to the course start date, and 100% of the cost if cancellation is made less than six weeks prior to the course start date.
Dr Cathy Hill, Consultant Paediatrician in Sleep Medicine, European Somnologist and Associate Professor of Child Health.
Other faculty members
Dr Hazel Evans, Paediatric Respiratory Consultant and Regional NIV Lead
Dr Andrea Whitney, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist with Special Interest in Epilepsy
Dr Julie Duncan, Paediatric Respiratory Consultant