International education programme
Great Ormond Street Hospital develops clinical and non-clinical education programmes to support the development of children's services on an international level.
Based on the outcomes of initial service reviews, we have engaged with Health Ministries in the Gulf to design and deliver bespoke training and education programmes based on need.
Great Ormond Street Hospital provides programmes to:
- Develop medical leadership and clinical expertise through programmes of clinical support and mentorship.
- Further develop knowledge skills and competence among doctors, nurses and other health professionals working in paediatrics.
- Provide organisational development consultancy and project management support to further develop the health infrastructure and bring about system-wide enhancements in patient care.
When providing the training, Great Ormond Street Hospital can apply various methods of teaching, including:
- Teaching skills in a simulated environment: classroom teaching for competency in generic children's nursing. This will use a combination of lectures, small group tutorials (where reflective practice will be used to enhance links between practice and theory), workshops, role play, structured reading and workbooks.
- Train the trainer: local nurse educators programme to deliver, assess competence and practice.
- Service reviews, proposal for development, training and implementation: the assessment of clinical practice in specific service areas and providing and supporting a plan to provide the infrastructure to deliver.
Examples of our training programmes
Enhancing services in Kuwait for children with cancer and haematological disorders
The hospital is engaged in a three-year project with the Kuwait Ministry of Health to provide support in developing their haematology and oncology services for children.
The programme has two main elements:
- Developing medical leadership and clinical expertise through a programme of clinical support and mentorship.
- A programme of medical and multiprofessional learning to further develop knowledge skills and competence among doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals within paediatric haematology and oncology.
From the initial service review, a uniquely tailored programme has been designed which includes ten education modules and 15 clinical visits to Kuwait per year.
Combined with site visits to Great Ormond Street Hospital, the programme has meant that local skills are developed and children are treated safely in their own environment rather than having to travel overseas.
Assessment and management of the sick child
We have worked with the Dubai Health Authority to deliver a programme of foundation level competencies for nurses. A core group of experts from Great Ormond Street Hospital trained 90 nurses in Dubai's Government hospitals to develop skills in various areas including:
- The psychosocial needs of children and young people admitted to hospital.
- The anatomical and physical differences between children/young people and adults.
- Assessing a child and young person's fluid status.
- Assessing a child and young person's neurological status.
- Early recognition of the sick child/young person.
- Assessment and management of the child/young person with respiratory distress.
- Assessment and management of the child/young person in shock.
- Assessment and management of the child/young person with an altered neurological status.
- The nutritional needs of a sick child/young person.
- Assessment and management of children/young people's pain.
- Drug calculations and the safe administration of medication.