About Down's Syndrome : Tell It Right® Start It Right

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Tell it Right® Start It Right Training

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 attend our informative and interactive study day.

Tell it Right® study days

RCM accredited TIR study days have taken place in maternity services all over England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We have trained over 6,000 midwives and related health professionals across the UK.

 Unfortunately at the moment, we are unable to provide study days due to the pandemic. We have however, made our TIR study days accessible online via a webinar. Please click here to find out more.

Our key objective is to ensure that health professionals have up to date, accurate and balanced information about living with Down’s syndrome.  This knowledge 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.

  • ‘I realise now that lifelong messages are taken away from words spoken at a sensitive time’. Midwife, South Wales
  • ‘Fantastic informative day. Message needs to get out to more people especially in the hospitals. Need to go into university to speak to the student midwives who are currently training’ Labour ward midwife, Bolton
  • ‘I feel much better prepared to provide information and support regarding Down’s syndrome’. Midwife, West Midlands

This interactive study day will ensure that staff gain accurate, balanced and up to date information about Down’s syndrome and living with Down’s syndrome. It will enable staff to offer the best support to expectant parents, from the very beginning of the screening process, and to new parents. Delegates will hear about personal experiences from parents of a child with Down’s syndrome and/or a young person with Down’s syndrome. Delegates will find out about support available locally through affiliated groups.

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