Sandpiper Fellow’s reflection on his first 6 months

Graeme Ranage - Sanpiper Fellow

Since starting in April I have been to all ‘airt’s and pairt’s of Scotland teaching on and latterly Directing the existing Basics Scotland Immediate Medical Care courses.

From The Borders to the Western Isles, Northern Isles and Argyle Basics Education runs courses for remote and rural practitioners in Immediate Medical care and trauma management of seriously ill adults and children. Through various mediums of face to face training, tele-education and on-line training, practitioners can learn new skills or update on existing ones with the knowledge that all our teaching materials are evidence based and up to date.

I have been tasked as The Sandpiper Fellow to look at new audiences where immediate care would be appropriate and to this I have made some early roads into looking at Medical Emergencies training within Dental practice and I am working in partnership with the Post Graduate Dental Trainers at the Institute for rural health in Inverness training Vocational Trainee Dentists in Emergency Medical Care and Resuscitation.

At Basics Scotland we continue to forge links with the Universities of St Andrew’s, Dundee, and Stirling. I have been involved in the development and delivery of an Acute Medical Care Course for nurses and Paramedics at Stirling University and continue to lecture to the Student nurse courses at Stirling.

In late summer I had the opportunity to go flying with the RAF search and Rescue team at RAF Lossiemouth. After a few practice winches and exercises, the highlight was being winched down to the deck of a moving Buckie bound fishing boat and recovered later with a full bag of freshly caught prawns in hand.

I was privileged to take place in the Abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge in September which happened all too quickly but was most enjoyable. It was impressive to see the fantastic support offered by so many that day in the quest to raise funds for the Trust.

January starts a new season and a new venture for Basics. A tele-education skills course running over the first 10 weeks in 2013 using pods of equipment. The Sandpiper pod contains training equipment for the remote and rural practitioner to use in the pursuit of enhancing or refreshing their immediate care skills. Each pod contains training equipment that we have and use at Basics HQ with the idea of sending out these pods to course participants to use and be assessed on various skill aspects of immediate care. The Sandpiper pod contains equipment to manage the airway, assess and treat breathing problems, intravascular and intreaosseous equipment along with cervical collars, crash helmets and other equipment to allow the practitioner to practice life saving treatment.

So to end. The first few months working at BASICs Scotland has flown past under the supervision of Dr Laird and Brenda Cottam. This Sandpiper fellow is very grateful for the opportunity to join the existing Basics Scotland team and drive forward the education opportunities for remote and rural practitioners in immediate care in the pre-hospital setting.