2 August 2018 - Paramedics develop specialist training for responding in difficult conditions

Cumbria training sessionsBespoke training sessions have been delivered to ambulance clinicians in Cumbria to help emergency services manage the challenges of working in hostile and remote environments.

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) provides emergency care to patients in every corner of the North West, from dramatic and beautiful countryside to areas of social deprivation and high drug use, making the job of ambulance crews extremely varied and challenging.

Particularly in rural areas such as Cumbria, ongoing training is essential for dealing with the difficult terrain and complex medical conditions which is why paramedics in Barrow-in-Furness and Kendal have developed continued professional development sessions for their colleagues as well as other local emergency services.

The sessions, which have so far proved extremely popular, can be easily delivered by colleagues regardless of grade and provide clinical updates, technical support and continued professional development for staff in under 20 minutes.

Christopher Morris, Senior Paramedic Team Leader based in Barrow-in-Furness, said: “The take-up of these sessions has been very successful with staff volunteering up their own time to attend, a testimony to their dedication and professionalism.

“We have now teamed up with Prometheus Medical, supplier of pre-hospital emergency medical equipment and medical training courses, to develop bespoke medical packages which can be used by services across the UK and abroad who also work in difficult and remote environments.

“The involvement of Prometheus Medical, who have kindly donated their time and expertise to enhance these packages, has allowed us to use more specialist equipment such as lifelike manikins and cinematic quality casualty simulation which makes the training sessions much more practical and realistic.”

Sessions cover a number of essential topics including trauma, heat illness and hypothermia, stepwise airway management, pit stop CPR, traumatic cardiac arrest and major incident management.

The team has since delivered training sessions to colleagues within the local police and hospitals as well as members of the armed forces as far wide as Essex.