• Run by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, in partnership with Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Health Education Northwest and Edge Hill University.
  • Involving parents and carers of children and young people with complex long term healthcare needs across the North West.
  • Aiming to provide quality assured, standardised training in order to develop a safe, effective, flexible workforce providing person centred care in the most appropriate setting.
  • Implementing an integrated competency based training model, transferrable across all care settings.
  • This project will run from January 2017 to April 2018.

Children and young people with complex long term conditions need considerable support from their parents and carers to remain well and lead active lives. This ranges from basic washing and dressing, to tracheostomy care and administering medicines.

At present there is a lack of accessible, quality assured, standardised training for parents, paid and unpaid carers of these children. This project run by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital will address this issue by introducing an integrated model of competency based training in the North West region – the Carer Skills Passport.

This innovation brings together a series of established concepts in a novel format that has not been delivered in the UK before. Standardised competencies will be developed in partnership with adult and paediatric health providers. Consultation will be used to establish consensus and strengthen recommendations for the competencies to be accepted as best practice across health, social care, education and voluntary sector providers.

Parents and carers will receive side-by-side accredited training and updates based on these competencies. In addition, human resources, policies and governance frameworks will be established to support care delivery across care settings.

The project team will also ensure that the Carer Skills Passport has maximum potential for uptake and transferability across care settings, creating a sustainable model for the ongoing development, quality assurance and scale up of the project, supported by evaluation of patient and staff benefits.

The aim is to ensure a competent, safe, effective and flexible workforce, providing person centred care in the most appropriate setting.

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