Tell it Right, Start it Right


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Since the successful launch of our Royal College Of Midwives (RCM) accredited training 'Tell It Right, Start it Right' in July 2010, we have been liaising with antenatal screening coordinators and heads of midwifery services throughout England and Wales to ensure that as many professionals as possible our informative and interactive study day.

We have trained over 1200 midwives and related health professionals covering 9 out of 10 Strategic Health Authorities.

Our key objective is to ensure that health professionals have up to date, accurate and balanced information about living with Down's syndrome in 2014.  This knowledge which will assist them to support expectant parents through the screening process by sharing the information in a non-directive manner.

Another key element of the training is to improve the way that new parents are told that their baby has Down's syndrome.  Feedback has been positive, many people commenting that the training should be mandatory for all staff working in maternity services. 

Comments made by professional who have attended the Tell It Right, Start it Right Training -

  • Very informative - a must for ALL health professionals.

  • How to share information and give support can be very important and impact dramatically upon parents, parents aprreciate honesty.

  • I feel much better prepared to provide information and support regarding Down's syndrome.

Preparing for the next phase of the Tell it Right Campaign

We are currently evaluating the success of the first 3 years of the Tell it Right, Start it Right campaign and training by re-runnung the original survey from 2009. 

The survey targets three audiences -

New parents Survey whose baby was born after 1st January 2010 in England and Wales

Midwives and Screening Co-ordinators Survey

Regional QS Managers Survey

Each survey should take about five miunutes to complete.  Your responses will be anonymous unless you choose to provide your details.  We will not share your details with anyone else.