Clinical Managers first at RNSH

Published on CMDR Tammy Thomas (author), LEUT Kelli Lunt (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney

Topic(s): Training

(From left) LSMED Corina Burrows, LSMED Errol Campbell, LSMED Nikki Furlong and LSMED Kerrin Lyon treat the Simulation Mannequin in a scenario where the patient has been involved in an explosion. This training is part of the Clinical Managers course at the Kolling Building in Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.

(From left) LSMED Corina Burrows, LSMED Errol Campbell, LSMED Nikki Furlong and LSMED Kerrin Lyon treat the Simulation Mannequin in a scenario where the patient has been involved in an explosion. This training is part of the Clinical Managers course at the Kolling Building in Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.

For the first time students from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Medical School Clinical Managers’ Course received training using state-of-the-art resources at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH).

Over the period 24-25 June, ten students attended the new Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital which specialises in clinical skills maintenance, patient safety and teaching clinicians to work in multidisciplinary critical teams.

Medics attending this training were presented with a broad range of challenging scenarios from simulated snake bites to drug overdoses. During the scenarios, they were observed by Nursing and Medical specialists.

Leading Seaman Medic Nikki Furlong said the two day training at the hospital as part of the course was a great opportunity to learn from specialists in the field in addition to those medics within Defence.

“The facilities at the hospital were of a high standard.  Training alongside plastic and orthopaedic surgeons gave us a more realistic view of how to prepare patients in a hospital setting,” LS Furlong said.

Course colleague Leading Seaman Medic Corina Burrows said the changes to the course enabled trainees the opportunity to step off-base into a professional medical environment and therefore provided a richer learning experience.

“I really enjoyed the two days at the hospital. I think that being trained and instructed by a vast range of health professionals outside of Defence provides us with good medical training,” LS Burrows said.

“Drawing on the experience of military doctors as well as civilian doctors provides us with a solid knowledge base.”  

Deputy Director of Simulation Training, LCDR John Vassiliadis (left), poses as a casualty and refuses to co-operate with Leading Seaman Medic (LSMED) Stephanie Houldsworth during a medical scenario at the Kolling Building in Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.

Deputy Director of Simulation Training, LCDR John Vassiliadis (left), poses as a casualty and refuses to co-operate with Leading Seaman Medic (LSMED) Stephanie Houldsworth during a medical scenario at the Kolling Building in Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.

The specialists, who voluntarily give their time to teach in this way, provide valuable feed-back about how the students performed. Dr John Vassiliadis and Registered Nurse Paul Weir, are Reservist Specialists who, with their military knowledge of real situations contribute enormously to the benefit gained by the Navy's medics.

Officer In Charge (OIC) RAN Medical School Commander Tammy Thomas said the use of the facilities at RNSH added a significant depth to the course.

“The high fidelity of the new Simulation Centre makes for scenarios as realistic as they can be. This is as close as one can get to the real thing,” CMDR Thomas said.

“Use of the facilities and training is a good example of the strong relationship that Navy has built over many years with RNSH. With a significant number of Reservist medical personnel who work at the hospital, tapping into their expertise and using their resources is of significant benefit to our students.”

The Clinical Managers’ Course is run annually over approximately a nine month period including theory and practical elements.

Additional imagery is available at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20130598.