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ELHT is looking to appoint a dynamic and ambitious individual to join the Undergraduate Medical Education Team. This post will give you the chance to develop your career in a very exciting and fast paced environment, making an impact within the delivery of education and training of Medical Students across the trust.
We are looking for a motivated individual to join our team as an apprentice for Level 3 Business and Administration.
SENIOR CLINICAL FELLOWS
These posts have been designed primarily for trainees who are currently not in a fixed training posts or who are looking to take a 12 month break from their training and should be coming into or above ST3 Registrar Level or equivalent.
Senior Education Fellow in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Senior Education Fellow in Paediatrics
LOCALITY BASED EDUCATORS
Our educators work locally within specific divisions and we envisage that one of the successful candidates would work within the Medicine Division and the other successful candidate would work within the Community Division.
Locality Based Educator
Using IT to assist in teaching with social distancing
Dr Christine Clark, Workforce Transformation Educator
Advanced Life Support Courses (ALS) are part of the lives of most clinicians. It is one of the ways we learn and practice the skills required to support deteriorating patients and those in cardiac arrest. The majority of the teaching is scenario based in small groups. This of course has been a challenge as we start to return to “normal”. The requirement for our foundation doctors to have the qualification still stands and we have had to cancel two courses during the pandemic.
Stuart Warburton and Jenna Kenny from the CAST team put a huge amount of work in setting up the course for two groups of 4 ensuring that social distancing could be managed as much as possible by setting up two rooms on the former ward 6. Candidates were given gloves and masks and I took on the role of Medical Director via Teams. Stuart and Jenna did the hard work of running the face to face teaching.
We had a couple of hiccups, but nothing we couldn’t deal with and there were definite advantages to being there in a virtual capacity:
On the courses we have run so far we have had an excellent pass rate, and despite my initial reservations I feel that this is the future.
A huge thank you is due to Stuart and Jenna for the work they have put in. The teaching is usually split between 2 faculty members per group, and they have taught every session.
Picture above. ELHT Advanced Life Support Faculty, from L to R Stuart Warburton, Chris Clark ( on screen) and Jenna Kenny
The Trust’s efforts in the fight against coronavirus have received media attention. Senior Research Nurse Wendy Goddard discussed the current research efforts at East Lancashire Hospitals, including support for the RECOVERY trial and REMAP-CAP, during an interview which featured on BBC Television’s North West Tonight programme.
The appearance followed an earlier interview on BBC Radio Lancashire where Wendy took time out from a busy week of entering patients into COVID-19 research studies, and supporting the newly formed COVID-19 research team, to describe the treatments under investigation. Previously, headlines also appeared in the local press, including the Burnley Express and the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
The Trust currently has nine COVID-19 research studies open, with data for 1301 patients entered into the research. Details of the studies can be accessed on the ELHT research webpage.
Michelle Stephens thanked ELHT Principal Investigators for supporting the COVID-19 research, and the research and clinical teams who’ve enabled the set-up of the new studies and the entry of East Lancashire patients into the research.
"Never in my 25-year career in NHS research has research been more critical and important than it is today. I would like to thank our patients and their families who have, and are taking part in coronavirus research at the Trust. They are not only helping patients today but healthcare in the future. The tireless effort put in by the Research Support Office team, Research Nurses, Midwives, Support Officers and Principal Investigators along with Pharmacy Clinical Trials Team and other support departments, in setting up the new COVID-19 studies and offering these to our patients across a 7-day week, cannot be under-estimated. I would like to thank everyone for all of their hard work and continued dedication. I am so very proud of our contribution towards a better understanding and treatment of COVID-19.”
To support the literacy pillar of our Skills for life work HEE are very happy to announce that their partners at The National Literacy Trust are offering 500 NHS staff free access to the following highly acclaimed audio books:
How it works
Every month, the National Literacy Trust will email the recipient an exclusive audiobooks.com access code. With this code you can download and listen to that month’s title.
You will also be able to access activities and exciting content relating to the book here.
To get started, sign up here.
Struggling to sign-up? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us know how it goes!
At HEE, they’d love to hear from staff who access this opportunity. Tell HEE what you thought of the titles and how they can involve you in other learning opportunities. Email HEE your thoughts at email@example.com
Proning the Conscious Patient – Visual Storytelling
By Tom Whittaker, Digital Learning Developer
There was an idea: to bring together a remarkable group of people and deliver a video demonstrating why and how to prone conscious patients with COVID-19.
Proning patients saves lives. Some of the sickest patients in Critical Care will be turned onto their stomach to help them to breathe. It’s not a complex process but it’s also not one that has been widely performed out of CCU. It was a perfect opportunity for the Acute Care Team and the Digital Learning Team to combine our powers and produce a high-quality training video to show staff in ELHT and beyond how proning works.
With a concept in place and a script finalised, we moved to filming the different elements of the proning process. This included a visual demonstration of the skill alongside a description and discussion of the process – just like if you were in a classroom (and your instructor was able to become a floating head). Some of the techniques we used were new to us and took a little bit of that special ELHT ingenuity to pull off. Even so, we captured crisp, clean footage of each step of the proning process.
The story doesn’t end there. Once we had the raw footage and audio, we needed to edit them into something that could be let loose on the world. Trying to get the cuts and overlays just right nearly became our villain origin story, but I’m pleased to say we all remain on the side of good for now. This was truly a team effort, and we’re grateful to the Acute Care Team for coming to us and letting us help bring the concept to life.