Community care policy and carer legislation requires that nurses
support carers of clients in the community. As far as we know
no training programme exists for nurses in order for them to provide
such support. As a result, the development team set out to develop
and evaluate what we believe is the first programme in the UK
to provide professional training in carer support.
The training module was developed as an optional module within
the Bachelor of Nursing programme. A further module "Working
collaboratively with carers" was developed and validated
as an optional module within the MSc, Health and Social Care programme.
This will enable progression of study of the topic area from BN
to Masters level within the School of Nursing, University of Dundee.
The module develops the nurse's awareness of the issues surrounding
the carers' situations within a framework of professional practice
and carer legislation. A model of carer support is provided. This
model incorporates a practical assessment and intervention model.
Nurses will be taught how to assess carers' situations, and through
direct access to carers' lived experiences, develop a range of
strategies to enable carers to meet their own support care needs.