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RCPCH course aims to improve early detection of cleft palate

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has launched its e-learning module Cleft Palate; Examination in the Newborn, which provides a free educational resource for paediatricians, midwives, GPs and allied healthcare professionals.

Available via the RCPCH website, the course aims to improve the early identification of cleft palate, which is still frequently missed during the newborn examination. The module highlights the importance of a proper examination to visualise the entire length of the palate from the gums to the uvula. Cleft palate is one of the most common congenital anomalies in the UK and delayed diagnosis has a significant impact on the baby and family. To create an account and access the module go to: login/signup.php

Visualising the palate using a torch and tongue depressor.

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