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Acquired Disabilities and Wider Needs

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Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with the British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) to offer the Acquired Disabilities and Wider Needs course.

Audience: Doctors, specialist nurses, education staff and any other health professionals supporting children and young people and their families.

Cost: £450 (£400 for BACD members)

Course content

This course has been developed by paediatric disability experts at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

After completing the course you will be able to:

  • Understand about a range of acquired disabilities and synthesise this new knowledge into clinical practice.
  • Make informed judgements within this area of disability, knowing when to ask for help and when to refer on.
  • Contribute to the management of challenging behaviours in disabled children and young people and know how to refer for specialist assessment and management appropriately.
  • Learn how sleep may be affected in disabled children and young people and develop an awareness of an approach to assessment of sleep disorders (neurological, respiratory and behavioural).
  • Understand the implications of pain management in disabled children and young people and how to help.
  • Be able to support children and young people with technological dependencies and their families.
  • Be able to participate in care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, including end-of-life care.
  • Be able to discuss and prepare emergency health care plans for children and young people with the most complex needs.
  • Be able to help families with the death of their child in practical ways and in emotional support.
  • Critically evaluate local health services.

You can apply and start the course any time throughout the year.

The course is self-paced. As a guide, a minimum of four hours study time per week should help you to complete the course in approximately four months. We are flexible with the timeframe as there is no deadline for completion.

Application information

Cost: £450 (£400 for BACD members)

Registrations are accepted all year round.

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