Skill at communication is central to paediatric medical practice. In time you will develop the following abilities and traits.
· Courtesy to families, colleagues, and members of the multidisciplinary team.
· Patience and sensitivity in your communication with children and their families.
· Empathy with children, young people, and their families experiencing difficulty and distress.
· Insight into personal limitations and when help should be sought in managing sensitive and complex situations.
· Understand how to manage consultations with babies, young children, adolescents, and their families effectively.
· Learn how to listen to children and young people, i.e. hear their needs, respect their views, and respond in an age-appropriate manner where the child is feeling vulnerable.
· Develop an effective way of communicating information about a diagnosis, prognosis, or emotional issue to children, young people, families.
· Know when and what assistance is required when communicating with children and families who unable to speak or understand English.
· Learn what information is appropriate to share with children based on their physical and mental maturity.