Training in the ‘new normal’ – medical gas

While the COVID-19 pandemic put a pause on all but essential training for the first half of this year, as the lockdown gradually eases across the UK, here at Eastwood Park we have been glad to welcome learners back to our site for a range of engineering and estates related courses.

One such area that has proven popular since the return to training is our medical gas training portfolio, not surprising considering the crucial role that oxygen has played in treating patients with COVID-19. Following the reopening of our facilities, we have implemented a number of measures to ensure that learners still benefit from our usual high standard of practical training without compromising their safety. Michael Ell, Eastwood Park’s Medical Gas Portfolio Manager explains:

“In line with the social distancing policies in place around the site, we have created additional workstations for activities such as brazing to allow learners extra room to carry out their practical activities in smaller groups. We are also making PPE available to all learners so that they can continue to get hands-on with the equipment whilst feeling secure in the training environment.

“As always, we continue to ensure that our courses remain up to date with the latest and most relevant standards and guidance, and this includes COVID-19 guidance too. For example, the Design note: COVID-19 ward for intubated patients (Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) standard operating procedure) is now covered in the course materials for our Authorised person MGPS (HTM 02) course.”

Welcoming Mark Williams to the team

Last November, we were fortunate to welcome Mark Williams to the in-house Eastwood Park training team as a Medical Gas Trainer. Mark joins Eastwood Park as a highly experienced Authorised Person (MGPS), a role he has undertaken for a number of years, employed by both NHS Trusts and private organisations.

While the intention has always been to have Mark working alongside Michael in support of practical training - as well as delivering his own courses - this appointment has a significant impact on the delivery of Eastwood Park’s medical gas training under the ‘new normal’ COVID-19 has brought about.

Michael says “Having Mark join us means that we are able to achieve the Government’s requirements around social distancing better than ever. With both myself and Mark on-hand, we have been able to enhance our practical training offering with a higher trainer to learner ratio.

Mark adds “While the perception might be that COVID-19 will mean a reduction in the time spent available for practical training , two trainers means that Eastwood Park is able to split learners into smaller groups within the class for practical exercises, which is not only safer but means all learners have much greater opportunity to get involved and utilise equipment. I am delighted to join Eastwood Park at such a crucial time and contribute continued delivery of continued high-quality practical training which, after all, it is a requirement of HTM 02.”

Find out more about Mark Williams here

An increased demand for training

With the backlog created by the pandemic, Eastwood Park is seeing significant demand for its medical gas courses stretching into the new year. Michael and Mark are keen to stress that if the dates you desire appear to be ‘fully booked’ this does not mean organisations should go elsewhere for their training this year, urging them to get in touch with their training needs.

“We are reviewing our availability on a week by week basis and are looking to put on additional Competent and Authorised Person training dates as required throughout the year. With both of us working in-house specifically on Eastwood Park’s medical gas training portfolio, we are well-placed to cater for increased demand and look forward to supporting our colleagues across the healthcare sector and the brilliant work they are doing.

“Don’t forget, as well as utilising Eastwood Park’s specialist training facilities, courses can be delivered at your site too.”

To find out more about Eastwood Park’s medical gas training and see latest availability, click here.

Call +44 (0)1454 262777 or email us to book or to discuss additional dates to meet your requirements.