In addition to the statutory life support training which all nurses have to undertake in the Trust we provide regular Emergency Simulation Training (EST) for the NIHR/Wellcome Trust Cambridge CRF nursing team:
Every nurse participates at least once a year in a bespoke simulation training programme. This includes clinical emergency scenarios recommended by the MHRA and scenarios specific to the live studies facilitated on the Cambridge CRF. The programme includes, amongst others; IMP unblinding, transfer procedure and reporting Serious Adverse Events (SAEs). We work closely with the Cambridge University Hospitals Trust’s Resuscitation Team and the Rapid Response Team and draw on their invaluable expertise. We utilise advanced simulation mannequins to ensure the experience is as realistic as possible.
To date, the training programmes have taken place in a custom-built simulation environment. Simulated emergency scenarios will now also be carried out in the actual clinical environment of the Cambridge CRF and will include unannounced “ward based skills drills”. Furthermore, we are extending this training programme to the clinical staff of the NIHR Cambridge BioResource.