The course is taught at the National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine, by a team led by Dr Stuart Maitland-Knibb. Stuart is an ex-military medical officer with extensive experience in primary care & emergency medicine both in hospital and pre-hospital. Specialising in urgent unplanned care, he has worked in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and pre-hospital settings for many years and continues to fly a day a week in a Clinical Supervisor position. A responder for BASICS, Stuart is also an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for the Dip IMC and FIMC. He remains a medical officer for UK International Search and Rescue.
Short Course / CPD
6-9 months (online and a 2-day hands-on campus programme on 28/29 March 2020)
School of Medicine
No Partner College
Nursing = Band 7 or above injury / illness, prescriber
Paramedic band 6 CCP/ECP
Doctor ST 2 or above
Applications are welcomed from Allied Health Professionals and candidates with non-standard qualifications. Please email PGMed@uclan.ac.uk to discuss.
The course is designed for professionals working in urgent or non-scheduled care. This maybe a stand-alone type 3 emergency department, urgent care centre, out-of-hours or same-day primary care access hub. It can just as easily be a GP working in a remote region or a medical team supporting other pursuits such as mountain medicine, expedition medicine and medicine relating to extreme sports.
Urgent care, by its very nature, can be daunting as it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between the urgent patient and the emergency patient until they are treated. Therefore, the healthcare professional working in urgent care should be able to deal with urgent care needs and enhance forward care by starting pathways for the emergency patient.
The value of such care models has been widely recognised by both patients and health systems as a positive move. Care closer to home is a clear strategy to reduce costly secondary care and more importantly allows capacity in the secondary care system to effectively treat those that need specialist care. However, urgent care should never disadvantage the patient for not attending secondary care in the first place, it should if anything enhance the care the patient receives.
This course is a interactive course offering both lectures and scenario learning. It has been designed to give you an insight and firm grounding in the area of urgent medical care; to deliver to very best care to your patients by understanding their needs and the latest treatment options. The course uses a range of teaching techniques, from lectures to hands on moulages, to prepare the candidate for the urgent care setting.
The teaching team come from wide and varied backgrounds from the military to the NHS, they include paramedics, nurses and doctors.
The make-up of the teaching team reflects the course which is open to a multidisciplinary candidate base and as such there is no lead profession. Students can share their skills with other team members, with important leadership skills being gained by all.
Subjects Covered in course and pre-reading:
Urgent Care overview:
- Basic Anatomy for Urgent Care
- Basic Physiology for Urgent Care
- BLS /ILS Basics
- Sepsis scenarios
- No near patient testing
- With near patient testing
Chest pain lecture including ECG basics:
- Chest pain scenarios including ILS resuscitation demo
- Diabetic Scenarios
- Acute exacerbation
- Chronic poor control
- Breathing scenarios
Walking wounded, “I didn’t expect this to walk in”:
Wound management including
- Stabbing / Penetrating injury
- Catastrophic haemorrhage
- Simple Fractures
Pediatrics, “Spotting the sick child”:
- The history and examination of the child
- Sepsis – Blue child
- ENT examination
- “How did you get that in there?”
- “When is ENT an emergency”
- Foreign Body
- Airway compromise
- Antibiotic guidelines for ears and throat
- Eye examination
- Red eye
- Foreign body
- Infections around the eye
Remote consulting technology:
- Video consulting
The course uses a range of teaching techniques, both on and offline, from lectures to hands-on moulages. The teaching team come from wide and varied backgrounds from the military to the NHS, they include paramedics, nurses and doctors.
Teaching takes place at the National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine (NCRRM) at our West Cumbrian Campus near Whitehaven.The Centre trains professionals to deliver healthcare at a gold standard regardless of their environment or location by using innovative training and technology techniques. Rural medicine has been under-served for a number of years and the Centre aims to provide a focus for remote and rural medical education and research in collaboration with colleagues globally.
This course would be ideal preparation for Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh or Royal College of Emergency Medicine qualifications.
Students are encouraged to consider strengthening their knowledge and skills with progression to the PGCert/Dip Rural Medicine or Urgent Care.
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