The aim of our service is to enable children and young people with additional healthcare needs access to a wider range of respite and short break services through the training of care staff.
Who is it for?
We provide nurse training to Local Authority staff/ commissioned services/ childminders and charitable groups in a variety of settings e.g. Residential/short breaks units, domiciliary settings and other short break facilities. To enable children with disabilities and additional health care needs to access appropriate short breaks care, through the provision of training for Care Staff on invasive procedures such as Naso-gastric tube feeding.
Who delivers it?
This is a small service consisting of three qualified nurses.
The service is very innovative and an example of good partnership working and as such we have achieved a lot:
Developed evidence based training packs
Introduced a creative training programme for Care Staff and are currently looking at e-learning programmes as an option.
Developed assessment documentation and competencies for Care Staff that comply with Inspection standards
Initiated a Regional Working Group in conjunction with the Royal College of Nursing to network with nurses in other PCT’s in order to enhance working practices.
Act as a resource for other staff both within and outside the Trust
We offer our training on two levels, Awareness and Skills training and provide Staff with certificates to evidence the training they have received. Recent training includes:
- Epilepsy Awareness and the administration of emergency medication.
- Gastrostomy/Naso-gastric feeding
- Intermittent Catheterisation
- Use of the epipen for the treatment of anaphylactic shock.
- Sub-cutaneous injections administered via a pen device.
Training can only commence once the child has been allocated a short breaks placement and only when sufficient carers are trained and competent can respite care be safely provided.