Florence
Nightingale
Foundation

SSHINE Neurodiversity Module

SSHINE was founded in November 2021 by Ben Potts and Jade Wareham, both healthcare students who qualified in 2023. SSHINE became a collective of healthcare students combining their knowledge of experiences to support others with similar experiences. Our work has included talks and presentations at universities, healthcare organisations, professional bodies and wider NHS events, as well as, creating resources, developing education materials and providing training opportunities. SSHINE has evolved and grown over time. Previously known as “Sharing Student Healthcare Initiative for Neurodiversity and Equity”, we have now become “Staff and Student Healthcare Initiative for Neurodiversity and Equity” to include the wider qualified and professional healthcare workforce. 

To learn more about SSHINE and their members, please visit https://sshinestudents.wordpress.com/

Overall Programme Aim

The training module uses a humanitarian approach to raise awareness of neurodiversity, supporting learners and highlighting methods to support an individual, drawing attention to individuality, environmental challenges and addressing realistic possibilities a neurodivergent individual may face.

The module is aimed at learners and educators who support learners in any capacity. The module should take no longer than one hour to complete.

Once you have completed the training module, you will be asked to complete an evaluation which will then generate a certificate of completion that can be used towards Continued Professional Development (CPD). Case studies/lived experience will be used throughout to promote a human approach and help the participant feel connected/engaged with their training.

Overall Module Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the philosophy that underpins the neurodiversity paradigm
  • Build awareness of the journey and experience of neurodivergent learners
  • Develop the knowledge required to create an inclusive learning environment and feel equipped to support neurodivergent learners
  • Gain the confidence to approach difficult or sensitive conversations with neurodivergent learners, such as around disclosure, support and feedback