Parental preparation for discharge: Development of an e-learning resource about the Congenital Heart Assessment Tool AEPC Conference Porto

  • Kerry Gaskin (Speaker)
  • Amanda Daniels (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    An early warning tool Congenital Heart Assessment Tool (CHAT) was identified in 2012 to address the gap in parents’ understanding of signs of deterioration, appropriate contact and communication and earlier management by clinicians. A CHAT2 e-learning resource was developed in 2019 to enable health care professionals to appropriately prepare parents for discharge from hospital with their infant after complex cardiac surgery. There have been requests for a parental version, to further enhance consistency of parental preparation.
    Aim: To produce a digital resource that enables parents/carers to understand and use CHAT2 during preparation for taking their baby home.
    A project to improve learning and teaching, funded by the University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Fund 2022/23, from August – September 2023.
    The Plan – Do – Study – Act (PDSA) method was chosen to design and manage the project. It gave structure to process, execution, and evaluation, to meet NHS Patient Information guidance
    Plan: Review the content of the CHAT2 healthcare professional e-learning resource to ensure the content of the parental e-resource was aligned and consistent. Consultation with healthcare professionals to ensure accuracy of information regarding the clinical service delivery of parental CHAT2 education and support.
    Do: Create the parental CHAT2 e-resource using the web app Articulate Rise 360, a platform that enables the building of a fully responsive course through a variety of design applications. Use of the parental e-learning resource will be based on which parents are offered the Congenital Heart Assessment Tool by the medical and nursing teams in the cardiac centres. Parents will be encouraged to access the parental e-learning resource as part of the standard care at least 5 days prior to discharge from hospital and it will be the parents’ decision whether to access the learning and they can access it whenever it suits them. In addition, an information leaflet has been created for community teams to enable them to support these families at home
    Study: We are currently applying for ethical approval to engage parents in evaluation after a pilot use of the e-resource.
    Act: Following evaluation of parental feedback, the e-resource will be refined and launched.

    Period8 May 2024
    Held atAssociation for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Spain
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • Congenital Heart Assessment Tool
    • parent e-learning