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Emergency training boost for rural health professionals


GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and paramedics 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 is being run by BASICS Scotland (British Association for Immediate Care, Scotland) with the support of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative. Training will start from April 2018, and will cover a broad range of pre-hospital emergency medicine skills including trauma management, cardiac and neonatal resuscitation, paediatric emergencies, 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 the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative, said:

“The BASICS Scotland team intend 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 team 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 NHS Education for Scotland’s Mobile Clinical Skills Unit and the Scottish Multiprofessional Maternity Development Programme.

Andrea Baker, manager of the NES Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network, 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 Mobile Skills Unit 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 NES Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network, the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service, the Scottish Multi-Professional Maternity Development Programme, and local resuscitation training officers.


Reference: PR2018-002

Further Information from
John MacEachen, 07769 367632

Note to Editors
1. BASICS Scotland is an independent charity providing courses in remote and rural areas in Scotland for health professionals working in surgeries or local hospitals. The courses are attended by GPs, Nurses and Paramedics who wish to be trained in pre-hospital care. The courses use a mixture of skill stations and simulations to provide the candidates with realistic experience of the techniques used in the pre-hospital setting.

2. The Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (SRMC) is a programme funded by the Scottish Government’s GP Recruitment and Retention Fund. The programme seeks to develop ways to improve the recruitment and retention of GPs working in a rural setting.

3. To find out more about the Portfolio Project visit the BASICS Scotland site.

4. Watch this short video from the CSMEN Mobile Skills Unit to learn how they already support delivery of clinical skills training in remote and rural areas of Scotland, or see Dr Gemma Munro describe her experience as a GP in the Scottish Highlands.

5. NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is a national special health board working to provide education, training and workforce development for those who work in and with NHSScotland. At any time, this means NES is responsible for over 6,500 trainee healthcare professionals and supports the recruitment of professionals into Scotland. .