Adult protection training for community nurses: evaluating knowledge following delivery using participant-favoured training methods

Martin Campbell

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Purpose - To measure nurses’ knowledge about Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 before and after a one-day training course using participants’ favoured methods of training activities.

Design/methodology/approach - A repeated measures design was used to evaluate the impact of a one-day Adult Support and Protection training on pre-training knowledge of community nurses across one NHS area. Participants’ favoured methods of training activities were used in the training. Participants were community nurses working in learning disability, mental health, older people’s services, acute services, substance misuse, and accident & emergency. All completed a training needs analysis and training preferences study. Individual and group scores on an Adult Support and Protection knowledge questionnaire were analysed pre- and post-training.

Findings - There was a statistically significant increase in scores post-training (Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test). Individual increases ranged from 2.5-27.5%, with a mean score of 15%. Evaluation of the impact of nationally approved Adult Support and Protection training is needed and training should take account of participants’ existing knowledge and preferred methods of training delivery to improve the transfer of learning into practice.

Research limitations/implications - Participants were self-selecting, Existing knowledge was not controlled for in the sample No longitudinal follow up to measure retention of any improvements in knowledge No control group. Training methods used were based on the expressed preferences of 40 nursing staff, but only 18 of these staff participated in the training day.

Originality/value - There is a dearth of research in evaluating the impact of the adult protection training on staff knowledge and understanding. Designing training activities and content to take account of participant preferences, and areas where knowledge is weakest may enhance the effectiveness of training in this area. This research was funded as a Queens Nursing Institute Community Project. It builds on a pilot project
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages11
JournalThe Journal of Adult Protection
Issue number1
Early online date7 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2014


  • Learning/intellectual disabilities
  • Safeguarding
  • Legal


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