As a qualified nurse, unqualified parent and expert by experience, I am well placed to develop and deliver training for practitioners who care for families of children with complex disabilities. I am passionate about co-production and using effective communication as the foundation for best practice and good care. It is incredibly rewarding seeing the impact our story has on professionals and the effect training can have on practice and outcomes. Many practitioners who have read The Skies I’m Under, state it has challenged their perceptions and had a positive impact upon their practice. Using our story I give practitioners the heart beat of lived experience in a way that improves practice and informs change.
“In my view, the more professionals that hear Rachel the better!”
Each teaching session delivered 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.
Every session includes lived experience, anecdotes, current research, reflective practice, group work and discussion were possible. Each tutorial is interactive, dynamic and memorable. Every learner is expected to leave better informed with practical ways to improve their future practice, some courses are CPD accredited.
Examples of training sessions include:
Effective communication with relatives and carers (CPD accredited 1-day training session)
Co-production: Putting families at the heart of clinical practice
Families of children with complex disabilities: Life on the other side of the bed.
Pain in non-verbal children
Postural care 0-3 years (CPD accredited)
Perspective, Priorities and Partnership
Unleashing the army: the secrets of engaging with families of children with additional needs
“Rachel produces fantastic resources, all fully referenced and evidence based yet accessible and powerful.”
“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.”
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
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.”
It was very moving and also very useful – I will definitely be using your perspective to inform my practice.
All feedback showed an increased understanding of the subject and change to practice.
“Excellent course – very thought provoking on a higher level than just postural care.”
“Informative and warm presentation.”