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’s 700+ short e-learning modules on clinical topics. Just visit http://learning.bmj.com/learning/Athens.html to access the courses. You’ll need Athens account, you can register online here https://openathens.nice.org.uk/ Visit http://discoverylibrary.org/SWASFT to see all the content available via Athens.

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BSc Hons Practice Development: Developing Paramedic Practice

Now open for applications! 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 Distance Learning Programme with University of Cumbria…

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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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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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