Trauma course for ED nurses launched

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has launched a Trauma and Resuscitation Team Skills (TaRTS) course for nurses, doctors and allied health professionals working in trauma units to further develop their skills.

The training course found emergency nurses are required to demonstrate compliance with the National Major Trauma Nursing Group Level 1 Clinical Competency Curriculum for their organisations to retain Trauma Unit status. Existing nurse trauma training courses are prohibitively expensive for comprehensive uptake and do not always provide training that adheres to the NMTNG curriculum.

TaRTS is the first UK course that is fully curriculum mapped to the National Major Trauma Nursing Group Level 1 Clinical Competency Framework. It was developed by Dr Alexandra Danecki, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Lead for Major Trauma at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Joel Copperthwaite, Emergency Medicine Simulation Fellow, and a team of senior ED nurses.

Dr Alexandra Danecki and Dr Joel Copperthwaite with senior ED nurses

The course conveys key learning in:

  • The management of the multiple-injured major trauma patient.
  • The approach to patients who may present to A&E with difficult to identify injuries.
  • Adaptations to the approach for groups of patients with specific needs.
  • Overview of UK major trauma systems and the role of trauma units within the trauma network.
  • Human factors and teamworking, with emphasis on the concept of “exemplary followership”.

The successful course has been held five times since its launch in late January at Airedale Hospital with all ED nurses who participated finishing with Level 1 trauma training.

The TaRTS concept has now been adopted by the West Yorkshire Major Trauma Network, peer reviewed and has also received endorsement from the Chair of the RCN Emergency Care Association.

The delivery of the training at Bradford Teaching Hospital marks the external launch of the course and represents the first of many training courses. A team of 17 staff, including, sisters, nurses and nursing and medical students took part in the course, giving them the opportunity to learn these new and invaluable skills.

The TaRTS team has already secured eight bookings to deliver the training course in the Yorkshire region and has received significant interest from units in other major trauma networks across the UK.

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust received the support from the Mediplex, of which they are a member, in obtaining advice on copyright of their training materials, a trademark application and agreements with potential interested parties.

For further information, visit the TaRTS website or follow the TaRTS course on twitter.

For bookings, you can contact Mrs Yvonne Harrison, Airedale Education, at