Are you part of a team that delivers different news to parents? Do you work in Kent, Surrey or Sussex?

The expression “different news” is used in this study to describe the process of imparting unexpected, bad, sad or difficult information relating to an unborn or a newborn child having a condition associated with a learning disability.

The way different news is given to parents affects how parents receive, interpret, understand and adjust to the news – it can result in parental distress, fear, grief, depression, anxiety and chronic stress. This may impact on their parenting, the development of the child, and engagement with follow-on professional services.

As part of an ongoing study funded by Health Education England, the Institute of Health Visiting is piloting some training to support how healthcare professionals deliver different news – “Improving the Delivery of Different News to Families by Healthcare Professionals”.

Monday 10 September 2018 – Canterbury

Tuesday 11 September 2018 – Crawley

Please pass this information on to any colleagues who you think would benefit from attending the training pilot. At present we are seeking participants from the following staff groups to support this phase of the study:

  • Paediatricians/Neonatologists or Specialty trainees in this field
  • Obstetricians or Obstetric Specialty Trainees
  • Midwives, particularly Screening Midwives
  • Specialist Paediatric nurses or Advanced Nurse Practitioners or Neonatal nurses
  • Sonographers

Places on these free training pilots are limited, and are subject to eligibility determined by role and region of work.

Please express interest in attending the training by registering for consideration for this programme on the links below.