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CSMEN has developed a number of multi-professional skills bundles for use in any setting with patients with suspected COVID-19 and have been designed to support:
any healthcare practitioner working in the NHS or Social Care in Scotland
practitioners returning to the workplace as part of their induction
healthcare students who have been recruited
These resources are regularly reviewed and updated in line with current best evidence.
Unit A: COVID-19 Helping you in your role - Self-Protection
This unit is about protecting yourself in the workplace when working with people suspected of having COVID-19. Topics covered include: health protection behaviours; hand hygiene; donning and doffing PPE; social distancing in the workplace; implementing self-isolation measures; and psychosocial support and wellbeing.
Unit B: COVID-19 Helping you in your role - Assessment and Management
This unit is about assessment and management of suspected COVID-19 infection. Topics include: demonstrating infection control measures and communication skills; gathering clinical information; undertaking clinical examination; skills linked to investigations and findings; documenting findings using relevant tools and patient management skills using best evidence.
Unit C: COVID-19 Helping you in your role - Protecting your Workplace
This unit is about protecting your workplace when working with people suspected of having COVID-19. Topics include: how to safely decontaminate and manage clinical waste; safe manual handling; referral pathway and routes of presentation of COVID-19; and providing guidance for patients and families.
To support the skills bundles, CSMEN have also developed two units on how to enhance practitioner skills using simulation.
Skills for Practitioners
Unit D: COVID-19 Helping you in your role - Procedural Skills using Simulation
This unit is about learning the relevant procedural skills required for the assessment, diagnosis and management of a patient with suspected COVID-19 in the community, primary or secondary care settings using simulation.
Unit E: COVID-19 Helping you in your role - Rehearsing Skills using Simulation
Simulation can be used to develop confidence and competence in technical skills such as venepuncture and IV cannulation and non-technical skills such as teamworking and leadership. This unit describes the important stages involved in simulation and provides scenarios for practising in different settings with COVID-19. The development of a shared mental model of the learning outcomes will help practitioners have a common understanding of when it is most effective and efficient to utilise use simulation in preparing the workforce.
To create a record that you have completed and understood the various online resources, you are advised to complete a Reflective Practice Form for each online course you undertake.
This form will help to reinforce the main learning points whilst also identifying any further learning requirements you may have. It is recommended that you discuss the completed form with your Line Manager and have them counter-sign it. This form should then be retained by yourself and can be used as evidence for a course completion record, professional registration and SVQ evidence.
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