Training 2018-10-05T20:51:18+00:00


As a nurse and parent, I am well placed to develop and deliver training for practitioners who care for families of children with complex disabilities. It is incredibly rewarding seeing the impact our story has on professionals and the effect training can have on future practice. Many practitioners who have read The Skies I’m Under, state it has challenged their perceptions and had a positive impact upon their practice.


Each teaching session I deliver is tailored to client experience, setting and learning objectives. The training can be stand alone or part of a larger module of work. It is relevant for those working within education, health and social care, whether they are still undergoing training or have been in the job for years. In the past I have provided training for business, charity, University and Children’s Hospice.

I aim to include our family’s story, anecdotes, current research, reflective practice, group work and discussion were possible. Each session is interactive, dynamic and memorable. I am a relaxed and engaging trainer who expects every learner to leave better informed with practical ways to improve their future practice.

Examples of training sessions include:

  • Families of children with complex disabilities: Life on the other side of the bed.

  • Effective communication with complex families

  • Pain in non-verbal children

  • Postural care

  • Co-production: Putting families at the heart of clinical practice.

  • Perspective, Priorities and Partnership

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Training Testimonials

“Rachel produces fantastic resources, all fully referenced and evidence based yet accessible and powerful.”

Sara Clayton, CEO, Simple Stuff Works

“Rachel’s dedication and enthusiasm for her work is infectious. She speaks from the heart and is a true advocate for families and their children. It is a pleasure to work with her.”

Anna Waugh, MD, Simple Stuff Works

Testimonies from training sessions at East Anglian Children’s Hospice 2017

“This session is a must.”

“So relevant and helpful. Probably the most insightful training I have been on.”

“This session is invaluable for anyone caring for children and young people accessing our service.”

“Particularly enjoyed the personal journey Rachel shared.”

“Fantastic, engaging, thought provoking and insightful training.”

“A fantastic presentation that really was a true eye opener.”

“Really great, well-presented presentation. Lots of food for thought!”

“A really great session, helping to gain an understanding and importance of good relationship with families and effective communication.”

“A very good session enabling reflection in our interactions with families.”

“Excellent – really engaging presentation.”

“Honest and open discussion. A glimpse into the emotional side of parenting a child with complex needs.”

Really insightful and thought provoking.”

“Very informative and valuable session.”

“So interesting and worthwhile.”

“We need more time on this.”

Feedback from training Nursing students in a University setting 2018

“Very good, very interactive and interesting.”

“Very interesting…made a real impact…and my perspective on supporting parents within the medical setting. Amazing!”

“Interesting and insightful”

“Really enjoyed this session. A real eye opener.”

“Clear, concise and relevant talk to my profession.”

“Rachel was really engaging and honest. It was inspiring and very insightful.”

“Amazing lecture. Humour and games and participation made it the best!”

“Rachel presented very well and made the session very relevant and enjoyable.”


“This has been one of the most interesting and relevant sessions to my practice.”

“Perfect balance between realisation of struggles in families while being uplifting and light-hearted.”

98% of trainers found the training “Extremely useful”

Feedback from postgraduate training Caring for the child and young person with a life-limiting condition: A Parents Perspective

“An invaluable session. Will recommend.”

“Amazing session. 100%”

“I think everyone in nursing needs to attend this.”

“Really going to change my practice.”

“Profound hearing from a parent’s perspective with lots of practical tips to use in practice.”

“The session was very interactive and informative. I wouldn’t improve any of it. Extremely enjoyable.”