Training during the Covid-19 period
The IBTPHEM recognises that during this period there is a significant level of uncertainty regarding training and training providers, as well as much anxiety related to loved ones and personal health. At the same time, there remains demand for PHEM clinical services and expertise. PHEM trainees continue in their training programmes and we have contacted all current PHEM trainees aiming to update them on issues relating to their training. We recognise that the situation is changing rapidly and therefore this guidance will be updated as we know more from our partners and regulators. Currently we are still expecting to receive the new PHEM trainees in August 2020.
The IBTPHEM website hosts the reference documents for the PHEM training programme. To ensure that trainees can access the most relevant and up-to-date documents, they are not reproduced here. The links provided here will take you to the section of the IBTPHEM website in which the documents you are looking for are hosted.
Workplace Based Assessments (WPBA) forms and guidance notes
Training Assessment Panel (TAP) guidance notes
Here are the PHEMTA top tips for successfully completing the PHEM training programme.
Workplace based assessments (WPBAs)
There are a significant number of WPBAs to complete during your PHEM training – a minimum of 117 across the year.
It is essential that you are familiar with the curriculum requirements and organised in your approach. PHEMTA advises:
- Get started early and seize every opportunity to complete assessments. You will get some completed during the National Induction Course, so make sure you keep these.
- Have forms printed and ready to complete.
- Be proactive. Plan your shift. Identify what assessments you want to complete during the shift and say so early. Approach supervisors before shifts if you need specific things covering.
- Aim to complete an ACAT for every supervised shift. Remember that you will have learning opportunities during that shift (eg. Simulation, case debrief) even if you have a quiet day and see no actual patients.
- You will be expected to complete a local sign off, which may include opportunities for you to complete WPBAs. Keep a record of this sign off.
The PHEM curriculum requires you to evidence your experience. You will need to demonstrate experience of a range of conditions and situations, including sentinel interventions.
- Keep a logbook of all cases you have been involved with and training activities you complete.
- Your logbook should cover key information, such as incident demographics, scene assessment, age of patient, medication condition and/or injuries and the treatment you provided.
- A number of logbook solutions currently exist. It is likely that IBTPHEM will endorse a trainee-developed logbook in the coming months and we will provide a link to this in due course. Detailed information will be circulated by PHEMTA to all trainees at the National Induction Course and by email following this course.
Training Assessment Panel (TAP)
You will be required to submit evidence to the TAP at the end of your training to demonstrate that you have covered the curriculum.
- Do not underestimate the amount of work required. It easily exceeds the amount you will be used to doing for your ARCP.
- Speak to previous trainees early so you have an idea what lies ahead.
- Be organised and find out what you need to submit early – the information is on the IBTPHEM website.
- Plan how you will present your evidence. Submissions are electronic through a shared folder (Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud etc). PHEMTA have a ‘model’ folder structure that is available on request should you wish to use it.
- WPBAs should be planned to cover as many elements as are appropriate to the case, shift, task or simulation that is being assessed.
- Do not leave mapping the curriculum to the last minute. Start as soon as you have evidence to map. Reference everything – WPBAs, training, education, courses, conferences, debriefs, personal reflection, etc. You need to provide proof that you have covered the entire curriculum.
There are various nationally organised training events and conferences that PHEM Trainees might find useful.
PHEM Training Days
IBTPHEM aim to provide regionally-organised, national training days dealing with hard to cover elements of the PHEM curriculum. These are not mandatory, however trainees are encouraged to consider making use of the opportunity to access training events where they can network with trainers and trainees from around the country.
National PHEM Induction Course
IBTPHEM provide a national induction course annually. This is a valuable opportunity for new trainees to get to know other trainees from around the country. The course is focused on knowledge and skills that are required for trainees starting to work in the pre-hospital environment.