The NARU Education Centre is back in full swing following a brief summer shutdown during August, having delivered five back-to-back HART Assurance courses to all of the teams from the North East and South West (South) HART units prior to the break.
The team has already delivered an Operational Commanders course and are in the process of training a further 20 students for South Central, East Midlands, South Western and East of England Ambulance services.
The Centre now has courses running every week until the end of the financial year (which equates to 26 courses) and in addition to the core day-to-day business, is also assisting in a number of national programmes.
These include assisting in Exercise Joint Endeavour, which is a Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) National Multi-Agency Exercise in Merseyside on the 18th September. Education Centre staff have been tasked by JESIP to source and co-ordinate 200 casualties in order to test the blue light responders in a realistic multi-casualty scenario.
The team has also been assisting NHS England in developing the response to Viral Haemorrhagic Fever patients (such as those suffering from Ebola) due to the team’s expertise and experience in training clinicians to operate in hazardous areas whilst wearing Personal Protective Equipment.
Details of all NARU courses can be found on the website at: http://narueducationcentre.org.uk/