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Postural Care Train the Trainer Course

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Robert Gordon University

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Garthdee Road

Aberdeen

AB10 7QG

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PAMIS is a Scottish voluntary organisation who has been working with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and supporting their family carers for 25 years.

Last year, we were funded by the Scottish Government to support a co-ordinated approach to postural care in order to promote good body shape for people with PMLD who have limited control over their movements. This built on the successful work that PAMIS has been supporting for a number of years and included:

  • NHS Lanarkshire, where PAMIS has been working with AHPs and family carers to co-produce a range of resources to support the development of carer knowledge on this topic.
  • NHS Grampian, where PAMIS has supported access to accredited training to family carers helping to increase carer knowledge and skills.

We are now rolling this out across areas of Scotland to ensure that postural care becomes the concern of all those involved in the care of a person with PMLD and also to ensure that family carers have the best opportunity to co-produce the care required.

In order to achieve this, we aim to train a multidisciplinary team of trainers, including family carers, who can deliver accredited postural care training to family carers and other interested people. The training team will ideally come from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, bioengineering, social care, teachers, and family carers.

We recognise that there are pockets of postural care training across Scotland but there is not a consistent approach that supports the role of family carers in contributing to this. We also have evidence that the approach taken with the PAMIS family carer pilots is making an impact on the knowledge, skills and compliance with advice from practitioners. Practitioners quite correctly tell us that postural care is not a new approach and they have been advocating for it for many years. However, this approach has ensured that family carers are co-producing postural care for their relative with PMLD and are also engaging other family carers.

We are looking for passionate individuals who are committed to supporting families and colleagues to complete accredited postural care training. The course you will undertake is the one that you will go on to deliver. The course is accredited independently and provides learners with a nationally recognised qualification.

What is the commitment?

  1. Staff require to be released to attend a three-day training session which will be run by Simple Stuff Works, the leading agency in research and development on postural care.
  2. Staff will require to complete a portfolio which will take approximately 15 hours to complete.
  3. Those who then complete will provide accredited training to family carers and staff. We anticipate that there may be 3 courses a year, each of a 2-day period. Additional time is required to assess participants’ portfolios before they are submitted for accreditation. If there is a pool of trainers in each area, the time per individual trainer will naturally be reduced.

Running alongside this, PAMIS will be working with family carers who choose to become postural care champions to provide more informal information to other carers whilst also distributing a postural care film and booklet. This will hopefully generate an interest and recognition for a need for more detailed information via accredited training.

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Postural Care – what a difference a day makes

Watch our Postural Care film featuring family stories. This film has been produced by family carers, PAMIS and NHS Lanarkshire Allied Health Professionals.

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