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NICE launches training pack for maternity settings

Support for health and social care professionals who have to raise sensitive issues with pregnant women is available online from today (Thursday 31 March) on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) website. This new training package, developed in collaboration with the University of Leeds, is designed to help staff put new NICE guidance on pregnancy and complex social factors into practice. It can also apply to other published NICE guidance which requires staff to raise sensitive issues.

Evidence demonstrates women faced with difficult social circumstances are deterred from attending antenatal appointments, including booking appointments, because of the perceived negative attitude of healthcare staff. This resource is designed to complement mandatory training and help staff further improve their confidence communicating with women experiencing domestic abuse, or facing other difficult social circumstances. It is critical to ensure these women engage with maternity services so that appropriate care pathways and support can be provided.

For that reason, NICE commissioned the University of Leeds to develop a new training resource for health and social care professionals responsible for training. The package consists of a training plan, PowerPoint slides, and video clips which can be used by the trainer to plan their sessions.

Julie Royce, NICE Implementation Support Associate Director, said: “We know that appropriate education and training can help staff better understand the issues faced by women with complex social factors, and how their own behaviour can affect them. These new NICE tools can be used to deliver training sessions complementary to mandatory training, and to support their existing skills, increase their confidence and further improve the communication skills they need to provide good quality care for these vulnerable women.”

The training plan recommends two formats for training: a full session (for up to 3 hours) and a self-directed online session (for up to 1.5 hours). The PowerPoint slide set is intended for use at the full session, which includes case scenarios with simulated patients (actors who are trained to depict a specific patient role).

In contrast, the self-directed session is designed to be completed by participants online in their own time, ideally as a follow-up session for staff who have completed the full session.

In addition to commissioning this training resource, NICE has produced a range of additional support tools to help health and social care professionals implement this guidance. Further information is available online at www.nice.org.uk/usingguidance

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About the guidance

1. On Wednesday 22 September 2010 NICE published a clinical guideline on pregnancy and complex social factors, including a version for patients and carers, and corresponding implementation tools. For more information, please visit http://www.nice/org.uk/CG110

2. This NICE guideline was developed in close collaboration with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and in conjunction with the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health.

About the training tools

1. The training plan, PowerPoint slides, and video clips can be downloaded at http://www.nice.org.uk/usingguidance/implementationtools/educationaltools/raisingsensitiveissuestrainingpack.jsp.

2. For the self-directed online resource, please visit www.seeabuse.com

About NICE

1. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.

2. NICE produces guidance in three areas of health:

  • public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sector
  • health technologies - guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments, medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics) and procedures within the NHS
  • clinical practice - guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS.

3. NICE produces standards for patient care:

  • quality standards -these reflect the very best in high quality patient care, to help healthcare practitioners and commissioners of care deliver excellent services
  • Quality and Outcomes Framework - NICE develops the clinical and health improvement indicators in the QOF, the Department of Health scheme which rewards GPs for how well they care for patients.

4. NICE provides advice and support on putting NICE guidance and standards into practice through its implementation programme, and it collates and accredits high quality health guidance, research and information to help health professionals deliver the best patient care through NHS Evidence.

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