Trainee Paediatricians at the RCPI receive training in communicating with families

(23 Sep 2010)

42 SHO's (Senior House Officers - Trainnee Doctors) attended training on the topic of Informing Families of their Child's Disability, at the Royal College of Physicians (RCPI) in Dublin, on Wednesday 22 September 2010. The trainee doctors, who are in their first and second years of specialisation, attended the training during a Paediatric Study Day organised by the RCPI.

The training was delivered by the Informing Families Project Coordinator, together with parent Katherine O'Leary. A lively discussion on the specific challenges that face trainnee doctors when communicating with families took place and the training was well received.

There are many disciplines who can be involved in communicating with families and supporting families when giving news about a child's diagnosis, from nursing, medical and allied health fields. Paediatricians were the discpline most often reported by parents in the national research of the Informing Families Project as having delivered their child's diagnosis. The training session with Paediatricians was therefore a very exciting departure for the Informing Families Project, as it provides support and education for this discipline from the very outset of their time communicating with parents in their everyday medical practice.



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