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Children's palliative care education and training: developing an education standard framework and audit.

Neilson, S., Randall, D., McNamara, K. and Downing, J., 2021. Children's palliative care education and training: developing an education standard framework and audit. BMC Medical Education, 21 (1), -.

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DOI: 10.1186/s12909-021-02982-4


BACKGROUND: The need to align the range of guidance and competencies concerning children's palliative care and develop an education framework have been recommended by a UK All-Party Parliament Group and others. In response to these recommendations the need for a revised children's palliative care competency framework was recognized. A Children's Palliative Care Education and Training Action Group, comprising champions in the field, was formed across UK and Ireland in 2019 to take this work forward. Their aim was to agree core principles of practice in order to standardize children's palliative care education and training. METHODS: Over four meetings the Action Group reviewed sources of evidence and guidance including palliative care competency documents and UK and Ireland quality and qualification frameworks. Expected levels of developing knowledge and skills were then agreed and identified competencies mapped to each level. The mapping process led to the development of learning outcomes, local indicative programme content and assessment exemplars. RESULTS: Four sections depicting developing levels of knowledge and skills were identified: Public Health, Universal, Core, Specialist. Each level has four learning outcomes: Communicating effectively, Working with others in and across various settings, Identifying and managing symptoms, Sustaining self-care and supporting the well-being of others. An audit tool template was developed to facilitate quality assurance of programme delivery. The framework and audit tool repository is on the International Children's Palliative Care Network website for ease of international access. CONCLUSIONS: The framework has received interest at UK, Ireland and International launches. While there are education programmes in children's palliative care this is the first international attempt to coordinate education, to address lay carer education and to include public health.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Children ; Education ; End of life care ; Paediatric ; Palliative care ; Teaching ; Training ; Child ; Clinical Competence ; Curriculum ; Education, Nursing ; Humans ; Learning ; Palliative Care
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:36183
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:02 Nov 2021 15:20
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:30


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