ARC regularly runs Day 1 'Communication Skills and Delivering Difficult News' and Day 2 'Supporting Parents' Decisions' study days throughout the year in central London. We can deliver training on-site at hospitals to teams of health professionals involved in antenatal screening and testing. ARC provides health professionals with comprehensive training designed specifically to meet their needs, with two hour seminars, half-day workshops or full day training. Please contact ARC's Liaison and Development Co-ordinator on 0207 713 7356 for more information.
ARC training is informed by the contact and feedback ARC has had from parents in the last 25 years, and research in the field. The training affords practitioners the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences around issues such as communicating risk, delivering difficult news and supporting parents' decision making.
It takes time, experience and training to gain the confidence needed to tackle the difficult field of fetal anomaly. ARC training helps health professionals to be able to respond both practically and emotionally to parents' needs, as well as meeting health professionals' own support needs.
“I am grateful to ARC not only for what it does for parents but also for the way it helps professionals do their jobs better by increasing awareness of the needs of parents facing these dilemmas. ARC works together with hospital staff and other professionals in order to improve the care that parents receive. We all value their work highly."
Professor Charles H. Rodeck, Former Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Free and University College London Medical School.
Most pregnancies do result in a healthy baby, but for parents who receive the news that their unborn baby has an anomaly, the result comes as a great shock. Therefore the need to communicate this information in a clear yet sensitive manner is paramount. ARC is unique in that it is the only specialist organisation of its kind working directly with parents at all stages of the screening process - and beyond.
This allows ARC to offer professional training based on parents' experiences of antenatal screening and testing, as well as their experience when faced with a diagnosis of fetal anomaly.
ARC training days are accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. For more information, please contact us.