One of the HEEKSS Emergency Care Programme strategic priorities is the retention of the urgent and emergency workforce through education, development and training support. This programme aims to enable non-training middle grade (EM SAS) doctors working in the Region’s Emergency Departments to further develop and enhance their clinical and non-clinical skills, allowing them to work more safely as the senior decision maker doctors in their departments and to work effectively without direct supervision, such as on the night rota.
One of the most difficult aspects of the present national crisis in Emergency Medicine is that of recruitment and retention, specifically ensuring departments have sufficient numbers of doctors possessing the competencies to fill the night shifts of a 24 hour middle grade rota.
HEEKSS has recognised the need to provide training to non-training grade doctors working in the region. In addition to the improved patient safety that this programme aims to achieve, it is also envisaged that there will be enhanced experience for junior trainees working alongside these SAS doctors, as well as promoting Emergency Medicine as a specialty.
This programme is specifically aimed at junior EM SAS doctors currently working on middle grade rotas but always under direct senior supervision. The programme focuses on developing clinical skills, understanding how human factors impact practice, learning how to manage the Emergency Department effectively and how to supervise junior trainees, and the development of leadership skills.