Reflux, CMPA and Early Allergies Course

Reflux, Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) and Early Allergies Course, North London, with a consultant paediatric gastroenterologist/allergist and Feeding and swallowing specialist speech therapist


Level 3 and 4 Accredited:

This is a full day’s training for any professional working with families with babies who have reflux and/or early allergies. This includes cows milk allergy, silent reflux and more.  We talk about how to diagnose and manage reflux; what are the signs and symptoms and treatment, what are the subtle signs, how can you make a difference, where should the family go to get help and support, what equipment might be of benefit and what resources could help. We have key speakers coming to share their expertise including a  consultant paediatric gastroenterologist, a mother with a baby who had reflux shares her personal story and a speech and language therapist with an interest in feeding/reflux and its association with milk and food aversion.  There is also a treat lined up – a formula taster session, what does specialist formula actually taste like? There will be a discussion on different formula options and management as well as what to do if the baby is breastfeeding.

Key speakers

Dr Neil Shah, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist or Dr Tammy Rothenburg, Consultant Paediatric Allergist

Doctors talk about the medical side of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), its symptoms and signs, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis, its interaction with cow’s milk protein allergy and how to manage this.   Both have many years experience in Paediatric Medicine and have held many notable clinical positions and published numerous original articles. They are both widely recognised as the UK’s leading Paediatric Gastroenterologists.

They have a passion for gastrointestinal allergy studies and continually involved and practicing in the development of regional/national guidelines for practical identification and treatment of GI allergy.

Janne Harrison, babycare consultant, sleep coach and troubleshooter

Her professional experience in this area – trouble shooting, why she sees it time and time again, what to do in these situations, why and when to refer to professionals, equipment (if any) that is used in reflux and might help and the subtle signs and symptoms.

Dr Ella Rachamim, Paediatrician and mother of 3 and Director of Be Ready to Parent

A mother shares her story 

How painful it was for her and her child and her take-home messages.

We often also have a Feeding specialist come to talk as well such as Stacey Zimmels or Sandra Grosso.

Feeding and Swallowing Specialist Speech Therapist and IBCLC Lactation consultant – Stacey Zimmels

Stacey is a Speech and Language Therapist who specialises in all aspects of  newborn, infant and child feeding. Speech and Language Therapists are the experts on the muscles, senses and function of the mouth and throat for speech but also for sucking, chewing, swallowing and feeding. Stacey has additional qualifications in this area and is one of the leading specialists in the NHS and private sector. She can help with all feeding difficulties; ranging from breast and bottle feeding, reflux, weaning and chewing. She is particularly specialist in problem feeding such as food allergy, food refusal and gagging, choking and coughing with food/drink, preterm babies and children with special needs.      Email:

And finally a Tasting Session!


As always the following is provided:

Homemade lunch
Resource pack


This is a one day course.


£195 for Level 3 and £295 for Level 4.
A certificate of attendance is provided.

Location and times

The session takes place in Finchley N3 OR in The Radlett Centre depending on numbers, from 915am to 5pm . View venue details.

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Levels and Credits:  

Put simply, the level is at what complexity and standard the course and assignment is set at.  The credits refer to how many hours work is needed to complete it/the amount of learning that has taken place.   Accreditation, credits and levels are measures of consistency, achievement, value and measure of quality across our courses and hopefully across all courses provided by different training providers.  
Our Level 3 course has 3 credits.  Level 3 is “A-level” standard and looks at some evaluating and analysing within the question and answer; a bit more than simply describing or explaining (which is Level 2). Ideally the learner has some professional experience in their field already and some childcare/maternity nursing training.  3 credits means, in addition to attending the training day, the homework assignment which would take around 20-25 hours of work, including any additional reading and research needed to answer the questions
Our Level 4 course has 3 credits –  which means a homework assignment which would take around 20-30 hours of work, including any additional reading, reflective practice and research needed to answer the questions. Level 4 is “foundation degree” level and looks more into reflective practice and critically reviewing and is a more extensive piece of work. For this reason, we expect the learner to have completed level 3 first and have significant experience in their childcare field and realistically some experience working in sleep consultations with families.  (There may be individual circumstances where this is not the case and we can look at this on an individual basis but the normal process would be to do level 3 and pass before embarking on the level 4 Homework assignment).
What we wanted to make clear to you is that these credits are “OCN credit4learning” credits.  This is the same for all of these similar courses by other training providers (affiliated to their own accrediting body).  They give a measure of achievement, effort and learning but are not the same as college or university credits and cannot be used in this way.  Please email us if this is not clear but it is the same for all similar organisations and we wanted to clarify this early on, as there has sometimes been some confusion over this.  (Email:  or
Payment and cost:
At level 3 – the cost is £195 per person (training day plus level 3 assignment)
At level 4 – the cost is £295 per person (training day plus level 4 assignment)
Changing from Level 3 to 4: If you want to go on to do Level 4 (after completing and passing level 3) then there will be an additional £100 and you can take up this option up to 12 months after passing Level 3.
Homework Assignments: 
You will need access to a computer to open up the word document and ideally type the answers and email it back to us, attached as a word document.
If you really have no access to a computer or have difficulty with typing the answers, then you can handwrite the answers and send it back by post (or scan and email it back).
The learning outcomes for the course will be made available to you which can guide you with your answers to the questions.
The assignments are a mixture of short answers and longer answers, case studies and at Level 4 some reflective practice reports.
We are not looking for the “best use of English” but your content.
The course tutors are Janet Harrison and Dr Ella Rachamim and we will mark the assignment and have an internal validator (Philip Hendy) and an external moderator from OCN credit4learning.
Once we email you the assignment, at LEVEL 3  you will have 6 weeks to complete it and return it to us by email (or post if you are not able to email it back to us, but emailing is the preferred method).  We aim to return feedback by 2 weeks after this date and then OCN credit4learning will formally send you a certificate of accreditation if you have passed around 2 weeks after that.
Those wishing and able to take Level 4  will be given the Homework assignment by email and have 6 weeks to complete and return it to us, ideally by email. We will aim to feedback to you 2 weeks after this and then if successful OCN4learning will send on a certificate.
You can, of course, hand your work back in by email before the deadline but may not receive feedback until 2 weeks after the deadline.
We will email you the assignment after the course and the deadlines for submission will be from the date you received the assignment.  If you do not have any access to a computer and cannot open up the document by email, then it can be posted to your address (but we would stress that email/attachments is preferred).
We will need your address and also your Date of Birth for the certificates to be organised.
Resubmission/extensions/referencing your work
If the tutors want you to re-submit your work and make some changes/do some further work, we will feed this back to you and give you additional time to do this (1-2 weeks).
Any work submitted in after the deadline it will not be marked, unless there are exceptional circumstances and this has to be emailed or phoned through to one of the course tutors and an extension mutually agreed.
Please note that anything you use as a reference eg the handouts, internet, books, papers – anything directly copied must be referenced, otherwise this could be seen as plagiarism (see polices and procedures below). Remember, directly copying form the internet etc is not what we are looking for, we are looking for your work in your own words, but if you are referring to something or using a paragraph from a book for example, to back up your discussion, it needs to be referenced.
Policies and Procedures:
Our policies and procedures are on this website eg appeals procedure, assessment malpractice policy, access to fair assessment, complaints procedure, equality and diversity, internal quality assurance, maladministration policy, health and safety and contingency plans.  (  homepage and scroll down to the bottom).



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