Developing A Training Strategy

The Royal Victoria Infirmary & Associated Hospitals Trust, Newcastle, decided to address the training issues discussed above and appointed the author on a one year seconded post. The focus of the role was to raise awareness into the use and management of medical devices across the Trust with a particular focus on infusion and monitoring devices. The objectives covered implementing an educational and training program which addressed;

Because of the limiting time scale a Medical Devices Project Group was established, led by the author, to facilitate the process. This group comprised nursing membership from the seven directorates within the Trust.


As part of the process the following activities were facilitated; the supply of device information packs to all wards; risk assessment of at least three wards and departments in each directorate; the adaptation of nursing practice to meet national recommendations; the training of project group members to cascade and continue the awareness sessions within their directorates at the end of the project period; and, most importantly the piloting of a national training scheme for infusion and monitoring devices, called "Finger On The Button" (FOTB).


Very early on in the project it became evident that Training would become the biggest issue in addressing the problems above. The awareness sessions identified that staff knowledge was limited regarding device management, and that they had received little or no training in using infusion or monitoring devices. Other areas for concern that were highlighted were that many staff could not perform simple drug calculations. It was clear that national trends relating to the above were reflected within the authors organisation.


It was also clear that any training undertaken needed to be comprehensive and should include the deficits highlighted. The design of the national pilot training scheme "Finger On The Button ", appeared to meet these needs.


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