training & education
We support the continual training and education of all our clinical staff. This is vital to provide our patients with the best possible care.
We encourage our paramedics and doctors to be the best they can be, giving them time and opportunities for learning and development.
This area of our charity is led by our Training and Development Lead, who is also one of our paramedics.
an ongoing programme
From the moment they join the team, our paramedics and doctors begin a comprehensive competency and assessment framework.
Everyone in our team is encouraged to develop their clinical skills and progress in their career. For example, most recently all our Paramedics have been trained to use ultrasound machines in pre-hospital settings.
Academic courses include the Diploma in Immediate Care, run by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
We support our paramedics to complete higher pre-hospital degrees. And we establish and deliver all aspects of training connected to their status as critical care paramedics.
We train our doctors in the sub-speciality of pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM). We have been working with Health Education Thames Valley (HETV) to have PHEM doctor trainees on our team since 2014. Today, we are proud to have doctors in our crews who have completed their PHEM training through this programme.
simulation suite and scenarios
We have a state-of-the-art simulation suite at our headquarters in Stokenchurch to support staff training. This facility immerses our crews into the sights, sounds and smells of an emergency environment, allowing them to practise training scenarios, so they are ready for anything.
Highly realistic training mannequins respond to drugs and medical interventions as if they were real. These make it possible for our paramedics and doctors to carry out procedures in a safe and controlled environment.
Our crews regularly take part in training days dedicated to complex PHEM situations. And we train together with the other emergency services – the ambulance service, police and fire brigade.