Diana Childrens Community Service - Training

The Diana Children’s Community Service is a multidisciplinary team that provides care and support to families of children/young people with life-limiting/life threatening conditions. Within this service we provide training and assessments to healthcare and non-health professionals working with children/young people to carry out ‘health care tasks’.

The training is provided by registered children’s nurses who have experience in working with children/young people and their families.

An annual training programme aims to provide a basic understanding of health care tasks to enable health care and non-health care staff/carers to safely carry out tasks with children/young people. Our training programme is not provided on an emergency or short notice basis, but regular monthly training sessions are available throughout the year.

The sessions aim to provide a basic understanding of the most common health care tasks. Courses offered include:

  • Epilepsy awareness
  • Enteral feeding (gastrostomy and nasogastric feeding)
  • Respiratory care (oral suction, inhalers, nebulisers and oxygen)
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Oxygen saturation monitoring

Each course provides: a theory session; the opportunity to practice with any equipment required for the task under supervision and an introduction to the competency workbooks.

Each participant will then have to complete the following in their work/home environment: completion of self-directed learning in competency workbook to facilitate own learning needs;

Practical assessment (pre-arranged by trainee); Signing of competence by a registered nurse following successful completion of the above.

The training is provided for general awareness or as a competency for an individual child.

The training is valid for one year from the theoretical session and must be updated. This is you and your manager’s responsibility, you must arrange for your update to be completed within the year.

The training sessions are £65 per person, per session. For statutory organisations there is no charge for the training.

Booking an assessment

Before booking assessments please have details of the assessment you need and the details of times when it is convenient for you and the family. To book an assessment please contact the Diana service on 0116 295 5413

You have three months from the theoretical session to complete the competency or the theoretical sessions will have to be undertaken again and where appropriate a further charge will be made


We have developed an e-learning course which mirrors the theory sessions, allowing for a more flexible approach. For more information please click here (see embedded word doc and MP4).

Referral criteria

Children and young people up to 18 years old.

Criteria exclusion

None stated.

How to access this service

To book places please contact Lauren McCloskey on 0116 2955413 who will provide you with booking information. Once this is completed we will be able to confirm places.

If you require any special assistance or general enquires which would help accommodate you on the course, please contact the Diana Training Leads prior to booking and we will endeavour to meet your requirements.


What conditions do you cover

life-limiting, life-threatening conditions.

Contact info

0116 295 5080


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