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Children and Young People Training

The Children and Young People Training Team provides support to services and settings that care for children with medical needs. We offer training to staff who work with children and young people in settings such as early years settings, specialist schools, short break settings and holiday play schemes.

We 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 and dates

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 Booking Form

CYP Training dates 2021/2022

How do 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 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.

What conditions do we provide training to support?

  • Severe Allergy/Anaphylaxis for which an Epipen is prescribed.
  • Seizure Management where Buccal Midazolam is prescribed as emergency medication for children/young people diagnosed with Epilepsy.
  • Respiratory Problems where Oxygen Therapy/Oral or Tracheal Suction/Tracheostomy care are required.

To access the service, we will require a healthcare plan prepared by a healthcare professional and/or a medical letter in order to be able to offer training to a setting or service. Any documentation should give clear information about what care is required.

Please provide any details of any health care professionals (i.e. community children’s nurses, specialist nurses, paediatricians) the young person is involved with. 

How can we help with Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a condition in which there is a tendency to have recurrent seizures. The Children and Young People Training team offer training to professionals who work with children and young people diagnosed with epilepsy for which Buccal Midazolam has been prescribed.

We work with staff at the setting involved when the young person with seizures is planning to start to attend early years or another setting.

Once a setting has contacted CYP Training, we will request medical letters to help us construct a health care plan and identify a time when the setting can attend for training.

Recent medical letter(s) are essential as the setting will need a health care plan to prepare a risk assessment and attend training.

Once the setting has attended training and completed their competency assessment the child will be able to attend the setting without the parents present (as long as they know the child’s usual behaviour and development so can recognise a seizure).

How can we help with severe allergies and anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction – the extreme end of the allergic spectrum – and is life-threatening. The Children and Young People Training team offer training to carers who are employed to work with children and young people with severe allergies for which an EpiPen has been prescribed.

The training will prepare carers (i.e. support workers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses, youth workers, sports coaches) to work with and include young people with severe allergies, what food and activities they can use in the setting and what to do in an emergency.

Professionals at the setting should work with parents/carers to prepare for the child to attend a setting by completing a Risk Assessment which will help them to identify the possible areas of risk (particular activities or foods they may come into contact with).

Parents/carers may be able to support the setting to identify alternatives to any activities or foods that may present a risk.

The setting should contact CYP Training once the parents have agreed that the child will attend and we will work with the setting to ensure that they have a health care plan and identify a time when they can attend for training.

Once the health care plan and risk assessment are in place and the staff have been trained, the child can attend the setting as long as the professionals at the setting know the child and will be able to assess if the child is unwell.

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