Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the Healthy Parent Carers study. If your question is not here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

The Healthy Parent Carers is a programme that is being run by the PenCRU childhood disability research group with parent carers in our Family Faculty and two leading charities working with families of disabled children; the Council for Disabled Children and Contact . It provides information about simple steps that parent carers can take every day to improve their health and wellbeing. It has been designed with parent carers.

The programme has been developed to be delivered as a face to face Group programme, which involves a series of daytime or evening weekly group sessions. The sessions are delivered by two trained facilitators.

An Online version of the programme has also been developed.

What’s involved in taking part in the Healthy Parent Carer groups?

Participants in the programme will also be asked to commit to attending:

  • Either six weekly sessions (4 hours each) or 12 sessions two times per week (2 hours each)
  • A group which will take place at a specific venue, or online via a platform such as zoom.
  • Sessions normally take part during the school term

The current implementation study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

For further information please see: https://esrc.ukri.org/

The next stage of the study will be run by the two charities involved, the Centre for Disabled Children and Contact. They will run one group each and will be advertising groups through their various networks and social media channels.

The Healthy Parent Carers feasibility trial has now been completed. All the sites ran successfully. We look forward to sharing the findings in due course.

Once the next stage of the research has taken place we hope that the programme will be available more widely across the country and even internationally!