Towards the end of last month our Director, Nick was invited to the inaugural Pre-Hospital Human Factors course to sit on the course but to contribute as a facilitator to the practical sessions too.
The course was attended by paramedics, remote medics, nurses and a university lecturer from across the UK. The course was a joint collaborative delivery by Pre-Hospital Care Consultancy and HBP Training, a human factors faculty.
The concept of human factors originated in space exploration and has been adopted by aerospace industry successfully. Structured and recognised human factors training has existed in healthcare for several years, but has only recently been a hot topic in Pre-Hospital Care.
The very nature of Pre-Hospital healthcare often takes place in stressful and dynamic environments, where human factor errors could compromise patient safety and clinical outcomes.
The course was a great introduction to human factors and applied it well to the prehospital environment, including the use of prehospital specific scenarios and examples.
The course is likely to be developed to include a two day version for managers but this one day course is ideal for anyone working clinically in the prehospital environment.
MedSkills Academy hope that the course is licensed to us to run from our centre in the North West.