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
Insight into personal limitations and when
help should be sought in managing
sensitive and complex situations.
how to manage consultations with babies, young children, adolescents, and their
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
an effective way of communicating information about a diagnosis, prognosis, or
emotional issue to children, young people, families.
when and what assistance is required when communicating with children and
families who unable to speak or understand English.
what information is appropriate to share with children based on their physical
and mental maturity.