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Improving Access to Training for Scotland’s Rural Health Professionals

Healthcare professionals in remote and rural areas of Scotland will gain access to a wider range of emergency medicine training, thanks to a new scheme that will also double the amount of training days available to them.

The Portfolio Project, which will offer training to rural GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and paramedics, is being run by BASICS Scotland with the support of the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (SMRC).

Training will start in April 2018, and will cover a broad range of pre-hospital emergency medicine skills including trauma management, cardiac and neonatal resuscitation, paediatric and obstetric emergencies, as well as skills for dealing with deteriorating patients.

Professor Colville Laird, Medical Director at BASICS Scotland, said: 

“If this project meets our expectations every remote and rural health nurse, paramedic and doctor who wishes will have access to a locally delivered training programme supported by high quality remote learning materials, thus providing the ultimate in cost-efficient and time efficient training.”

Dr Gill Clarke, Medical Lead at SRMC, said: 

“The BASICS Scotland team intends to apply blended training opportunities, based on previous research of what works, to help local professionals become more involved in training their own teams and to improve the confidence and skills of rural practitioners.”

Participants will also be able to identify their own learning needs, which will be used to create bespoke training programmes designed to support individual health boards and localities.

The Portfolio Project will draw on the latest developments in remote learning, including video conferencing and social media. They are also looking at the potential of incorporating video gaming technology to create interactive resources to meet future training needs.

These innovative training methods will be coupled with on-site learning, delivered with the support of the MSU and the Scottish Multiprofessional Maternity Development Programme.

Andrea Baker, Manager of CS MEN, said: 

“This is a really exciting project that will see BASICS Scotland join us on many of our visits to host locations throughout the year. There, they will use the MSU to deliver additional 3-day training programmes that will be tailored to the venues’ requirements.”

The project will be delivered in partnership with organisations including the CS MEN, the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service, the Scottish Multi-Professional Maternity Development Programme, and local resuscitation training officers. To find out more about the Portfolio Project visit the BASICS Scotland site.


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