ALS onsite training continues
During the pandemic, we are acutely aware of the challenges we all face with ensuring staff are kept up-to date with all patient safety essential training and we must do things very differently. Our main priority is to ensure the safety of all of the candidates and faculty, while maintaining a high quality educational standard.
To enable us to run this vital patient safety training programme, we have taken all recommended safeguards to protect the candidates and faculty during our onsite ALS courses, these steps include:
- Health declaration prior to commencing course for candidates and faculty. (all candidates were internal Ramsay employees)
- Temperature checking with a contact number to enable track and trace if required
- Face masks are required to be worn during all sessions
- Hand sanitisers and clinical waste facilities in each training area
- Smaller groups with fixed faculty to limit interactions
- Seating arranged to enable social distancing
- Staggered breaks to maintain social distancing recommendations
- Manikin & equipment decontamination between candidates
- Candidates are encouraged to bring their own pens and notepaper
With the luxury of dedicated training rooms in our facilities, and other rooms arranged to ensure social distancing, 12 clinical practitioners from Oaks and Springfield Hospitals underwent Advanced Life Support (ALS) training on the 7th & 8th November. The tough two-day course, comprising lectures, workshops, skill stations and cardiac arrest simulations was delivered by a Faculty of 5 clinical experts led by Course Director Matthew Ibrahim, Resuscitation Committee Chairperson and Resuscitation Advisor at the Oaks and Springfield Hospitals in Colchester and Chelmsford.
Continuous assessment occurred throughout the course which was held at Springfield. Assessment was based on clinical scenarios that allow candidates to demonstrate the core competencies that have been taught on the course. These include airway management, high quality CPR and defibrillation and cardiac arrest management. A final assessment of candidates at the end of day two takes the form of management of a cardiac arrest simulation and an MCQ test paper. Successful candidates receive a Resuscitation Council UK ALS provider certificate, which is valid for 4 years.
Course Director Matt Ibrahim said, “It is imperative that patient safety critical education continued during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, and none more so than resuscitation. We have been able to equip 12 clinical members of staff with the knowledge and skills required to deal with acutely unwell patients, in a supportive and Covid Secure manner.
Feedback from candidates:
“I enjoyed absolutely everything! Blood gases and ECG rhythm recognition was very helpful. The mentors were awesome and I feel much more confident in my ability to assess and manage an emergency situation”.
“Awesome course, very well run and brilliantly executed. The lectures were well structured and the instructors communicated well, using various resources to make it easy to understand”.
“Instructors were all very friendly, open and approachable. It has been very intense but I have felt fully supported throughout the course”.
“The preparation workshops were amazingly helpful and I hope they will continue in the future”.
I really enjoyed all the practical scenarios and feel much more confident to assess and manage deteriorating patients”.
Head of Clinical Services at Springfield, Nigel Haigh said ” Despite the difficult circumstances of a pandemic I was very excited that Springfield kept with the plan to run its first ALS course in a long time; this was a testament to the dedication and determination of a core group of individuals not least Mike Kay ( Resus Lead at Springfield), Donna Morgan (Learning & Development Coordinator, Oaks Hospital) and Matt Ibrahim and my grateful thanks to them. I am hopeful this is the first of many which provides the candidates, hospital staff and the Consultants with confidence that we have a skilled clinical team of people who can respond quickly and safely in the event of a medical emergency. I must also give praise to the candidates who have prepared for weeks to get to this course and given up an entire weekend to overcome nerves and apprehension to achieve their certification and I congratulate them on their success.”
Mike Kay added,” Training and development during the Covid-19 pandemic has never been more essential. Ramsay Healthcare UK has committed its support to the NHS in both the critical care service and hospital care of patients. The need to up-skill our staff to help care for patients to meet the demands of the service has been our primary focus. The key to our success in the Eastern Region is through the consistency of our training led by Matt Ibrahim. All of our candidates were supported by additional preparation sessions and the early delivery of course materials. This is reflected in the course pass rate of 87%”.