Date of release: Wednesday 2nd July, 2014
Systems for training thousands of staff in the use of medical equipment has put a team at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) in line for a prestigious national award.
The Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Department oversees the user training of 5,400 clinical staff in using over 28,000 medical devices at the Trust. Its work has been shortlisted for the Value and Improvement in Training and Development title at the HSJ Value in healthcare Awards.
A range of training methods, including specialist external providers, are used to train staff in the use of devices, which are risk assessed into High, Medium and Low risk categories.
The team also works closely with equipment manufacturers to write and develop new training material.
A survey of all new starters at the organisation helps create a clear training plan, mandatory safety training is meticulously planned and delivered and a sustainable approach to training ensures staff development is embedded in working practices and cascaded to wider teams.
Training programmes are also drawn up so they reinforce wider strategic initiatives throughout the hospital, such as the introduction of new care pathways or treatment methods to improve patient safety and support clinical care in hospital and community settings.
Kamal Kapoor, Senior Chief Technologist at RWT, said: “Ultimately patient safety and the quality of care is at the heart of everything we do. Robust and relevant training for thousands of staff across the Trust has a major part to play in achieving the high standards we and our patients expect.”
For further information please contact Kamal Kapoor, telephone 01902 307999.