Do you want to develop your Leadership Skills?

Would you like to be able to enhance the wellbeing, performance and development of others and help others to help themselves? If so, this five day course coordinated by the Human Resources department will equip you with the skills to lead your teams using a coaching style, with a strong focus on supporting and maintaining…

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Great Western Air Ambulance Charity Symposium 2019

A one day symposium focusing on a range of topics related to Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine including keynote talks from Professor David Lockey, Chairman of FPHC and National Director of EMRTS Wales and Ms Esther Murray, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology at Queen Mary University of London. Friday 4th October 08:30 – 16.30 at Aerospace Bristol…

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Mentor update day payments

You’ve done a Mentorship course, & your booked on a Mentor update day- now what? Now you need to make sure you: Turn up! (People are making a lot of effort to arrange these- please don’t be a no show-  if you need to cancel, give us at least a couple of weeks notice so…

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Digital Learning Solutions – IT Skills for the Workplace

The IT Skills Pathway has had an upgrade! Digital Learning Solutions (formerly The IT Skills Pathway) provides easy to use, customisable IT training and assessments covering the full range of competencies for users of the main Microsoft Office products, from basic through to advanced. It has been developed to provide an officially recognised route of…

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#TuneIn Inclusion Gloucestershire – Communication Project

In difficult situations some people find it harder to communicate, Inclusion Gloucestershire’s #TuneIn project will be working with emergency services to support organisations in thinking about the things that get in the way of good communication, and what support can be provided to tell others what help they need. A #TuneIn Wristband means someone may…

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‘Back to Basics’ in house CPD sessions

‘Back to Basics’ in house CPD sessions Written & delivered by SWAST Learning & Development Officers; these events will offer a real ‘Back 2 Basics’ refresher course in a variety of subjects to all staff. We aim to deliver at least 1 of each session in each of the 8 operational County areas. Sessions planned…

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Email subscription service

Email subscription news We are trying out an email subscription service function. The idea being that if you sign up, you will receive an email notification as soon new Higher Education (HE) modules are released, Short Course dates and updates are released, and any new website resources. The software is new to us, so we…

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MacMillan Open All Hours – Cancer care

MacMillan Open All Hours – Cancer care Open All Hours is a high quality ambulance specific 1 day CPD session around Cancer, End of Life and Palliative care from MacMillan. It is a great opportunity to learn, share experiences and help you approach these difficult situations professionally. Using information provided within the case studies, knowledge…

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Email updates subscription service -test

We are playing around with setting up an email subscription service. The idea being that will pick up new posts and content as it is added, and email you if you sign up to a mailing list. This is a test post to see if the email subscription service plug in will will pick it…

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Paramedics needed for the PRESTO Study

The Pre-hospital Evaluation of Sensitive Troponin (PRESTO) study If you are a Paramedic and convey patients to Musgrove Park, Southmead, Royal Devon & Exeter or Derriford Emergency Departments you can participate in the PRESTO study. Chest pain is the most common reason for emergency hospital admission with 1.3 million patients presenting with chest pain in England…

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Zero Suicide Alliance – Suicide Prevention

Zero Suicide Alliance The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible…

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BMJ Best Practice: Clinical Decision Support Tool

A new Clinical decision support tool from BMJ including evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion is now available to all SWASFT staff and students on placement from April 2019 for three years (purchased by Health Education England). To access please visit https://bestpractice.bmj.com/oafed You will need a SWASFT NHS Athens account to access. Once logged in you…

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Thank you

Today we received a lovely thank you from a Paramedic who completed their BSc using funded Modules, accessed via www.swast.cpd.co.uk This made our day to see that we have helped someone achieve academic success. We know it involved a lot of hard work and commitment from them and want to celebrate their success. Well done! Hi I’m not…

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Mind’s Blue Light Programme – support for emergency services

Mind’s independent research shows that members of the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to seek support. Mind is delivering the Blue Light Programme to provide mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers from ambulance, fire, police and search…

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AIRWAYS-2 Dissemination Day: Free to all AIRWAYS-2 Paramedics

The Results of AIRWAYS-2 – What does it all mean? The AIRWAYS-2 team are hosting a free educational event in London for all the paramedics who contributed to the success of the AIRWAYS-2 research study on Wednesday 26 September at Cavendish Venues in London. The day will include the results of AIRWAYS-2, the results of the Pragmatic Airway…

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Government loans for education

Masters Loan You can also apply for a loan to study an MSc . This type of loan can be used to complete a Masters program in most areas. You will need to check your eligibility , and it will need to be a full Masters course. (it can be part time).

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Making Sense of Health Research Annual NIHR CLAHRC Conference

NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula invite you to attend their free Making Sense of Health Research 1 day Conference on Friday 16th November 2018 at Buckfast Abbey Dr David Nunan, the lead tutor for the internationally renowned Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine course provided by the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford, will be this year’s key note speaker. To find out how our…

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BMJ Learning: Free access to 700+ short Clinical e-learning Modules

All SWAST staff and students now have access to BMJ Learning site with over 700 short e-learning modules on clinical topics. BMJ Learning offers high-quality continuing medical education for doctors and other healthcare professionals. It features hundreds of accredited, peer-reviewed learning modules in text, video, and audio formats. When you sign in to BMJ Learning, you’ll see…

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BSc Hons Practice Development: Developing Paramedic Practice

CURRENTLY CLOSED – CHECK THE ASPIRE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES ABOUT FUTURE COHORTS PLEASE NOTE – YOU WILL NEED TO FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO THE ASPIRE WEBSITE TO APPLY & FOR THE FAQs     BSc (Hons) Practice Development: Developing Paramedic Practice with the University of Cumbria’s Centre of Excellence, commencing in September 2018 The BSc Practice Development…

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Welcome to SWAST CPD

We’re excited to have launched the brand new SWAST CPD website. The new site includes changes to navigation, with improved menu and filtering functions that direct you to the information most relevant to you on both mobile and desktop versions. We’ve also improved the structure of our content and simplified the booking process so you’ll get…

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SWASFT Survey 2018

The SWASFT staff, friends & family survey is now open until 29 June 2018. Visit membra.co.uk/swasft1 to provide your feedback and help improve our services.

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Safeguarding: Adverse childhood experiences (ACES)

What are adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)? The term Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is used to describe a wide range of stressful or traumatic experiences that children can be exposed to whilst growing up.  ACEs range from experiences that directly harm a child (such as suffering physical, verbal or sexual abuse, and physical or emotional neglect)…

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Safeguarding: Keith’s story- Hoarding

Keith’s story; a personal and touching film about hoarding The Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board has produced a film to raise awareness of hoarding and to guide professionals on what kinds of interventions seem to work the best so that the people affected (both the person who hoards and other people whose lives this impacts upon)…

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Geriatric Care: Risking Happiness Video

Jointly commissioning by Gloucestershire CCG and Gloucestershire County Council, ‘Risking Happiness’ was created by the Reckless Kettle Theatre Company and The Roses Theatre in 2015. The characters and story of the play are fictitious, but the process of writing it drew from real people, situations and experiences. The purpose of the play has been to…

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Dementia Awareness Video – Barbara’s Story

Created by nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to raise awareness of dementia among staff, Barbara’s Story has changed attitudes to dementia in hospitals across the world. Barbara’s Story follows a fictional patient who has symptoms of dementia, and explores the challenges she faces when she comes into contact with NHS staff at home and…

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CPD & Reflective Practice

Continuing professional development (CPD) is the way in which you continue to learn and develop throughout your career, ensuring your skills and knowledge are up to date enabling you to practice safely and effectively. CPD is not just formal courses. A CPD activity is any activity from which you learn and develop such as; Work-based learning. For example, reflecting…

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IT Skills Training – Free for all staff

IT Skills Pathway Distance Learning The IT Skills Pathway provides easy to use, customisable IT training and assessments covering the full range of competencies for users of the main Microsoft Office products, from basic through to advanced. It has been developed to provide an officially recognised route of learning and certification for the whole workforce. This…

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FOAM: Free Open Access Medical Education

What is FOAM? FOAM is Free Open Access Medical Education; a collection of resources, a community and an ethos. The FOAM community spontaneously emerged from the collection of constantly evolving, collaborative and interactive open access medical education resources being distributed on the web. FOAM is independent of platform or media — it includes blogs, podcasts,…

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Free online resource for OSCE Exams

OSCEstop is a free, one-stop online resource for comprehensive notes on medical school finals OSCE exams OSCEstop aims to help healthcare professionals improve their clinical examination and practical skills. Notes on all of the essential skills and detail on all of the stations likely to come up in OSCE examinations are provided to help you acquire and maintain…

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Free E-Learning for Paramedics

A contemporary learning programme designed for the ‘modern paramedic’ was launched on the 9th May 2017 and can be accessed for free. This is Phase 1 of 2, more modules are under development. The project has been undertaken in partnership with Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare team (e-LfH) who develop clinically credible online learning for health professionals. Bite-sized Sessions…

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National Early Warning Score ‘NEWS’ Short Film

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) are working with all members of the West of England Patient Safety Collaborative to encourage the use of a single national early warning score; ‘NEWS’, across the region. All the acute trusts, out-of-hours GP services, mental health trusts, community service providers and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the West…

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Khan academy

FREE E-learning on a wide range of subjects

Some great FREE E-learning on a wide range of subjects. Levels to suit ALL staff! The Khan Academy’s mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere on wide range of subjects. It offers a personalised learning resource with practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalised learning on subjects including Advanced Placement Biology,…

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Interested in research? Join the CAHPR mailing list!

Who are CAHPR? We are a network of researchers from a broad range of allied health professions (AHP), including Paramedics, who have joined together to support and develop AHP research, strengthen evidence of the value and impact of our professions and enable our professions to speak with one voice on research issues. We are supported…

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Pre-Hospital Paediatric Life Support: The Practical Approach e-book

SWASFT staff and students now have free access to the new Pre-Hospital Paediatric Life Support: The Practical Approach e-book from Advanced Life Support Group. This practical book, written especially for pre–hospital staff, provides all the information needed to deal with children in life threatening situations before arriving at hospital. Complementing the best–selling Advanced Paediatric Life…

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Be careful using the F-word with frail patients

2017 saw the introduction of a new requirement for GPs to routinely identify frailty in patients as part of the new GP GMS contract. Ahead of this Professor Martin J Vernon, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care reflects on the language we use when treating older patients; “George Orwell…

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