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Clinical Skills

Managed Educational Network

Mobile Skills Unit


Skills that can be taught on the unit

The Mobile Skills Unit is a multiprofessional, multi agency resource designed to be used for training and updating skills of all healthcare professionals whether working in the primary or secondary care sector. The MSU can also be used for training the public in resuscitation and other health promotion skills. It is equipped to enable delivery of technical and non technical skills, according to local needs. An example of a training programme for a two-week visit is available.

A variety of skills can be taught onboard, depending on the needs of the staff in the local area. These range from airway management, suturing, venepuncture to ILS, chest trauma and multi-agency emergency scenarios. A scenario template can be downloaded here.

One of our partner organisations, the Dundee Institute of Healthcare Simulation (DIHS), has developed two all day workshops for minor surgery skills (Minor Surgery and Minor Surgery in Primary Care). These are multi-professional and a trainer from DIHS can be booked to deliver the course. If you are interested in hosting one of these courses please contact us for further info.

Skills Packs

Online packs have been developed for use on the unit, and are available to access from the resources section. These are:

  • IV Medicines Administration
  • Safe Communication
  • Chest drains
  • Suturing
  • IO cannulation
  • Intramuscular Injections
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • ECG
  • Ear Infection

Quality Assurance

The Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network is accountable to NES for the quality assurance of the education delivered through the mobile unit. We have developed a simple self-assessment questionnaire to be used by the facilitators of each session run on the unit to check that the education meets nine criteria for best practice in skills delivery. The self-assessment questionnaire is available to download or from csmen@nes.scot.nhs.uk

For more information about the quality assurance process visit our dedicated QA webpage.

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