The Acute Life Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment (ALERT) course was originally developed by the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. This course equips nursing staff to assess and manage residents who present with signs of clinical deterioration such as breathlessness, airway compromise and sepsis. The course runs over 1 day and the certificate does not require renewal. Care Circle and Larchwood Care (NI) in partnership with Portsmouth Hospitals NHT Trust have signed up for a licence agreement to enable us to provide training to all registered nursing staff in the next two years in ALERT.
The course will enhance clinical skills as well as developing confidence among our nursing staff in dealing with deteriorating residents and spark courageous conversations and robust handovers to our General Practice staff. A total of 9 staff members completed the ALERT training and 7 completed a “Train the Trainer” course which will enable us to provide the course in-house. This is an exciting development in knowledge and skills acquisition amongst nursing staff.
The successful ALERT providers and trainers were Susan Clarke and Nicola Sayer of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
In addition the licence fee enables us to provide the BEACH and AWARE courses which are specifically aimed at care assistants and are a great addition to the development opportunities available through this course.
The course overall was a great success and the feedback from the candidates speaks for itself.
• Enjoyed Course.
• Thank you.
• Very good and informative. Really worth attending.
• Really enjoyed the day.
• Very well presented and very well organised.
Larchwood Care (NI) looks forward to the opportunities the ALERT, BEACH and AWARE courses provide within our Homes and there will be more news to share in the coming months.