The Children and Young People (CYP) Training Team provide training in locations throughout Wiltshire to ensure that staff who care for a child with health care needs have the skills and understanding to do so safely and competently.

We are a service run by experienced children’s nurses who support children to be included in settings in Wiltshire. We work closely with the Children’s Community Nursing Service and Children’s Continuing Care Team.

We provide:

  • Training for carers employed to support a child or young person with a specific medical need
  • Advice on risk assessment
  • Signposting and support with accessing Health Care Plans
  • Signposting and support to settings and services that provide care to children and young people with life threatening or life limiting conditions that require administration of medication 

How can we help?

Children with medical needs, such as emergency medication for epilepsy or anaphylaxis should be supported by carers or staff at settings who have been trained to understand their medical needs and how to keep the child or young person safe. CYP Training provides a regular programme of training in locations throughout Wiltshire to ensure that staff who care for a child with healthcare needs have the skills and understanding to do so safely and competently.

Where children have complex healthcare needs, we can support them to be included in early years, out of school and specialist settings (i.e. special schools, short break settings and holiday play schemes). 

The team works closely with community children’s nurses, paediatricians and specialist nurses to  ensure that children are linked with an appropriate health care professional to support the development of a risk assessment and health care plan. If further information is needed, CYP Training will help to signpost the services to the appropriate health care professionals to support this. 

Training courses

Training courses are available for staff employed by statutory and/or voluntary organisations who work with Wiltshire children and young people with complex health care needs, including school nurses. These courses, run by Children and Young People’s Training, based at Chippenham Community Hospital, are free to attend and include inductions, clinical skills days, seizure management, anaphylaxis, respiratory and other subjects.

CYP Training Programme 2017

Training Booking Form

What happens next? 

When a child is identified as having a healthcare need requiring administration of medication, the setting or lead professional should contact CYP Training who will support the staff to identify what documentation and training are needed to support the child. We will prepare staff appropriately to meet the young person’s healthcare needs.

How can I access the service?

As soon as a family agree with a setting for their child with complex healthcare needs (or seizures with emergency medication/severe allergy/anaphylaxis) to start at the setting they should request the setting contact CYP Training directly.

If the child is of school age and preparing to start school the Public Health School Nursing team will support the school with the process.

CYP Training can only provide training to carers employed to support a child or young person who is registered with a Wiltshire GP. The child or young person must be attending a setting in Wiltshire. We cannot provide training for parents and family members.

For more information please see our Request Criteria page.