Medway NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a minor injuries training course for nurses and paramedics.
The “Introduction to minor injuries” course at Medway Maritime Hospital is aimed at nurses and ambulance staff aiming to become a nurse practitioner. The trust currently employs 24 nurse practitioners in its emergency department.
The trust’s course has been accredited by Greenwich University and will be led by emergency department clinical nurse lead Inma Diaz-Alonso. All senior sisters in the emergency department will provide mentoring support.
Ms Diaz-Alonzo said: “If nurses or ambulance crew members wanted to take part in a course to enable them to become a nurse practitioner, they would generally have to go to a university where they would be taught the theory.
“Now, they can come here and alongside the theory they will also get hands-on practice. The part time course is six months long and consists of 30 hours taught theory, 150 hours supervised practice and 50 hours of self-directed study. And you’ll earn 15 degree level credits.”
She added: “Students will learn how to perform a comprehensive examination of patients with minor injuries; how to make a diagnosis following assessment, working independently and seeking assistance or supervision where appropriate; and how to identify minor injuries conditions requiring immediate treatment and/or further specialist referral.”
The course will be held twice a year with the first one commencing in November.