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New Mike Davis Bursary Fund Launched

We are delighted to announce the launch of the ‘Mike Davis Bursary Fund’.

Mike recently stepped down as ALSG’s lead educator after a hugely successful 21 years in post. In honour of Mike’s contribution to ALSG, we are launching this special fund to give future ALSG instructors the opportunity to complete a GIC where they may not have the financial support to do so.

Mike has been involved with ALSG since 1996 when a chance meeting led to him getting involved in the life support community as an educator on the GIC, which he continued to do for 21 years. He has also been an educator with ATLS, ETC, IMPACT and the Child Protection Masterclass/Facilitation course in the UK and overseas.

ALSG would like to thank Mike for his steadfast support over the last 21 years and we hope by launching this Bursary Fund in his name, it will give our future instructors the opportunity Mike worked so hard to deliver on our courses.

Applications for funding are now open and are being accepted before 31st December 2017. For more information on the fund and the application process please Click here..

MOET is renamed and relaunched as mMOET!

The newly-named Managing Medical and Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma (mMOET) course has been renamed to highlight the medical emergencies together with the trauma components of the course.

mMOET is an internationally recognised obstetrics course, designed for senior clinicians from multi-disciplinary specialties managing and leading the care of pregnant women with medical emergencies and/or trauma.

The UK reports from the confidential enquiries into maternal deaths (MBRRACE-UK) suggests early recognition of critical illness, prompt involvement of senior clinical staff and authentic multi-disciplinary team working remain the key factors in providing high quality care to sick mothers. mMOET provides a high-level structured approach to managing these patients and teams caring for them and includes 24 training scenarios providing exposure to and practice in a wide variety of obstetric medical and trauma emergencies.

Candidates benefit from a team-based teaching approach as mMOET is built on the multi-disciplinary nature of managing a large variety of obstetric emergencies. mMOET highlights the Human Factors necessary for staff managing these complex situations and it emphasises the leadership, communication and situation awareness skills required.

As our maternity population becomes more clinically complex, the mMOET course includes simulations and teaching reflecting the latest morbidity and mortality findings, as identified in the annual MBRRACE-UK report (most recently published June 2017).

To find out more about mMOET please Click here.

Second Acute Psychiatric Emergencies course (APEx) set for October

After the success of our first Acute Psychiatric Emergencies (APEx), we are running a second course on 9th and 10th October 2017 at our Swinton Training Centre, Manchester.

APEx aims to improve the care of patients with mental health crisis in an emergency setting. Supporting NHS England’s five-year forward view for mental health and the recent announcement of an additional 21,000 mental health professionals, the course provides multi-disciplinary training for those involved in crisis, including ED and psychiatry professionals as well as nurses and other allied professionals.

The APEx course working group chair and ALSG chair of trustees – Prof. Kevin Mackway-Jones – led the first course and recommends it to anyone dealing with the psychiatric emergency patients. You can hear from Prof. Mackway-Jones about APEx by clicking here.

Click here to find out more about the APEx course and to book your place at a reduced rate.

RCEM Annual Scientific Conference 2017

16 – 18 October 2017 | The ACC, Liverpool

Join the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) in Liverpool for their Annual Scientific Conference 2017. This key conference covers a number of themes including infection, toxicology, elderly, keeping safe and much more. In addition to all this, relax and unwind with your peers at our complimentary drinks reception at the end of day 1 and the annual dinner on day 2. Click here here for more information and how to book.

Training Liberia’s Next Generation of Obstetric Clinicians through Interactive Distance Learning

PLOS Medicine have publiched an article by David Southall and Rhona MacDonald of Maternal & Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI) describing a distance learning project to train obstetric clinicians in Liberia from the Highlands of Scotland. You can see the full article here.

Early Learning For Safety programme launched

In partnership with four local primary schools, this week we are launching Early Learning for Safety (ELFS) - a programme designed to raise awareness of home safety and reduce a child’s risk of accidental injury. This work is funded by Salford CCG and administered by Salford CVS.

We will be running workshops for 3-5 year olds, starting at Moorside Primary School. This practical course raises awareness of potential dangers in and around the home and how to prevent them and lessen their impact. Home safety resources are also provided for the children to take home and share with their families.

A big thank you to all the schools involved, we are really excited to be working with you towards a safer community.

MIMMS supporting mass air medical evacuation

Learn more about how the ALSG MIMMS course helped a team of medics manage the mass air evacuation from Nigeria to South Africa after the Synagogue Church building collapsed in 2014. The medical commander on the aircraft, LtCol Fanus Martin, is a MIMMS and HMIMMS instructor and with the team he managed the full operation according to MIMMS principles. This was published in the international journal - Medical Corps International Forum.

Click here to read the article in full with a link which gives reference to ALSG MIMMS for the concepts used.

New Instructor Training Course Launched

Facilitation - our new one-day instructor training course has launched!

Facilitation is a blended learning package covering the learning approach and preparation for teaching on our Child Protection Recognition and Response (CPRR) course and SAFE programme. The Facilitation course focuses specifically on the educational modalities found on these specific provider courses with opportunities for shared learning and more focussed sessions for a particular course.

The blended learning package includes the Pocket Guide to Teaching for Clinical Instructors and a series of course specific educational e-modules followed by a one-day, face-to-face interactive course which consists of experimentation, lectures, practical exercises and feedback.

Click here to find out more about the Facilitation course and book your place.

Delivering APLS 6e at RCPCH Conference 2017

We're delighted to be supporting the RCPCH Conference once again this year. Held on 24-26th May at the ICC in Birmingham, we will be delivering, jointly with the RC(UK), paediatric simulation training from our APLS 6e course. Training will be taking place on the Gallery in Hall 3 and is free of charge for conference delegates. Sessions must be pre-booked on arrival at the conference.

Our symposium session will demonstrate and discuss example special situations where the standard APLS approach does not apply and to outline the approach to producing e-learning and teaching material in collaboration with ALSG for these situations.

For more information about the conference and to book you place, please Click here.

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Here is a snapshot of the hands-on training delegates took part in last year.

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Improving care for Tracheostomy patients in the UK

We are delighted to announce an initiative to improve care for tracheostomy patients in the UK in partnership with The Royal College of Anaesthetists, NTSP, Global tracheostomy Collaborative and UHSM NHS Foundation Trust.

The project team will work with 20 UK secondary or tertiary care sites who are managing tracheostomy patients, and help them to rapidly implement QI measures, thereby changing the practice and culture of tracheostomy care into patient-centred, equitable and efficient clinical care.

ALSG are supporting the three year programme by providing training for nominated champions from 20 UK sites who care for patients with tracheostomies. The purpose of the course is to improve the skills, knowledge and competencies of healthcare or clinical staff caring for the increasing numbers of patients, paediatric and adult, with either temporary or permanent tracheostomies, with the outcome of improving the safety of these patients through both emergency and routine care.

The champions will also attend the train the trainer course which will equip them with the resources to teach tracheostomy care in their workplace.

A national collaborative environment will be created, with sites supporting each other. A likely ‘best recipe’ will then be developed for the nature, scale and order of QI interventions, which will guide future adoption and sustainability.

Empowering young people in Salford and helping to save lives

We are delighted to have been awarded nearly £15,000 from the NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group Healthy Schools Innovation Fund to help improve health and wellbeing for children in Salford. The award will provide accident prevention and emergency first aid training to year six in Salford, helping to reduce the two million children attending A&E each year due to accidents that may have been prevented.

With the support of the Fund, we will affiliate local schools with I.M.P.S, a nationally recognised programme that "empowers young people to take personal responsibility for managing their own risk and equips them with the skills to cope in an emergency". With 10 centres around the country, I.M.P.S trainers teach accident and emergency first aid to year six children via face-to-face sessions, supported by additional online learning resources, provide them with the essential knowledge and skills to promote their own safety and wellbeing, as well as being able to assist their families and friends.

You can learn more about I.M.P.S by clicking here.

In addition, we will support the children, once trained, to assist in the provision of further courses delivering the same content for their parents and carers to attend, aiming to further improve the wellbeing of the Salford community.

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MenB vaccine will be offered to babies for free under the NHS

We're delighted to announce the fantastic news regarding the long awaited and hard campaigned for introduction of the MenB vaccine. An extended thank you goes out to all our APLS instructors who supported the campaign by signing a joint letter of support with MRF. For more information on the announcement please click here.

ALSG at AGM 2014

Here are some of the highlights from ALSG's participation at the Acute General Medicine Conference 2014 at the ExCel Arena, London where we ran skills and simulations and e-modules in connection with our MedicALS course.



APLS in Trinidad – Our First 10 Years

November 2013 marked 10 years of APLS teaching in Trinidad and Tobago. The idea of bringing the APLS course to the Commonwealth Caribbean was first conceived of by Ian Sammy when he was a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in Manchester. To view the full article on our progress over the last 10 years please click here.

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APLS Instructors, Trinidad 2010. 2nd from right (front row) – Joanne Paul; 3rd from right (front row) – Ian Sammy

Preventable intrapartum asphyxiation-related cerebral palsy leads to significant reductions in quality of life and survival

ALSG teamed up with health economists at Liverpool Health Economics, Management School, University of Liverpool, Lifecode and Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust to examine the incidence and implications of cerebral palsy following potentially avoidable obstetric complications.

Using a simulation model, survival and quality of life in asphyxia-related cerebral palsy were examined. The major findings include:

  • On average quality of life 63% lower than age-matched members of the general population, however this could be reduced by as much as 92%, depending on disease severity
  • Over 50% of those severely affected by cerebral palsy are at risk of dying before the age of 50 years
  • For the 208 predicted cases of asphyxia-related cerebral palsy expected to occur in the UK this year, the combination of reduced survival and quality of life means, that on average, each would lose 15.2 potential ‘quality-adjusted life years'. These QALYs could have been experienced were asphyxia avoided or managed in such a way that prevented the onset of CP.

The impact of this preventable condition is vast and affects not only the individual and their family, but the NHS and society as a whole. ALSG aims to improve outcomes for people in life-threatening situations, such as this, and offers courses in Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma, both in and out of hospital. Please click here to see our course pages.

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ALSG has been working with the NTSP for a number of years in trying to address some of the known problems in tracheostomy care through provision of education. The NCEPOD report highlights the scale of the problem.

Keep calm & save lives: ALSG conference

Thank you to all of our volunteers who supported and helped make our inaugural ALSG conference for all course families a huge success.

The conference opened on day one with the launch of the new joint ALSG and RC(UK) GIC. Day two focused on updates from ALSG as well as specialty workshop streams that had been mapped to GMC trainer and Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) domains.

The conference feedback from both speakers and delegates has been great; with everyone enjoying and getting real value from the presentations and break-out sessions over the two days.

Our supporting exhibitors enjoyed a fruitful and engaging event. Rob Clark from MDT Global Solutions told us “It was great to have the opportunity to speak to most of the delegates about iSimulate and the reason for using 'big ted'. It was also good to talk to some of the faculty and discuss other opportunities that maybe an option for ALSG and CTGi”.

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CEO wins best business award for outstanding personal achievement

Congratulations to our co-founder and CEO, Sue Wieteska, who has has been awarded the prestigious Best Business Award for Outstanding Personal Achievement. Commenting on Sue's award, Andrew Aeroff, chair of the judges, said: "Sue Wieteska has grown ALSG from scratch to be a leading medical education charity that has saved countless lives around the world over the last 24 years. After many years operating on minimal budget and with almost no pay, she has relentlessly driven the organisation forward so that it now delivers vital training in 42 countries. Over the years it has trained an incredible 140,000 clinicians so they are better able to save lives in emergencies and other trauma or cardiac cases. What’s more, Sue has achieved all this without third party funding. A truly amazing and dedicated professional and a most worthy winner of the Outstanding Personal Achievement award!”

Supporting women and children's healthcare in Bosnia

In collaboration with the MCAI and funded by the The Lions' Gift For Living Committee, ALSG continues to commit to sustaining medical education in Bosnia. Since 2010 ALSG has been delivering life saving training to doctors in Bosnia, aiming to maximise the health and survival of pregnant women and their babies. This year is no different. In line with the emergency system there, last month ALSG delivered training to emergency doctors in the assessment and care of pregnant women and their babies in non-clinical settings, and the safe transfer of patients to hospital facilities.

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Redeveloped PHPLS

As you may be aware, we have been in the process of redeveloping the PHPLS course to bring it more in line with APLS, offering continuity and comparability between the pre-hospital and in-hospital paediatric training provided by ALSG. The PHPLS course now has 12 e-modules followed by a 2 day face-to-face course. The e-modules and the new materials are now available on the VLE.

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AGM Conference, 12th-13th November 2015, London: Visit ALSG’s ‘The Learning Zone’ to earn CPD points on our free e-module and skills stations.

Visit the AGM website for further information

POET in Switzerland

ALSG’s worldwide family continues to grow in 2013. At the request of ES ASUR, a leading paramedic school, 4 Instructors and a co-ordinator returned to Switzerland in March. In the 2nd phase of establishing the Pre-hospital Obstetric Emergency Training course (POET), two courses were held in Lausanne and Sion. The UK team working together with our local hosts provided training for 26 emergency care practitioners, increasing their confidence and competence when dealing with obstetric emergencies. 5 local instructors completed their instructor training, their enthusiasm and hard work throughout this project creates a solid foundation for future POET courses in Switzerland.

EMNH in Liberia

ALSG & MCAI’s Strengthening Emergency Care programme (SEC) continued its important work in Bong County, Liberia, during February 2013. Two Emergency maternal and neo-natal health courses (EMNH) were held at Phebe Hospital, providing essential training for 39 midwives, nurses and nurse anaesthetists. 6 instructors and a co-ordinator travelled to Liberia from The Gambia and the UK to take part in this project to help lower maternal and neo-natal death rates. SEC provides sustainable programmes and during the courses two local instructors completed their instructor training, several more potential instructors were identified and a local co-ordinator was trained to facilitate future courses.

MOET annual conference 2013

We enjoyed a very successful day at the MOET annual conference on Wednesday, 13th March 2013 led by Sue Wieteska, with contributions from Mike Davis, Educator, Professor Jacky Hayden, Dr Felicity Plaat, Dr Sara Paterson-Brown, Dr Charlotte Howell, Dr Brigid Hayden, Dr Charles Cox, Dr Simon Grant and Dr Shirin Irani. Thank you to all who joined us and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

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Recent events involving ALSG

London's Olympia hosted the Acute and General Medicine 2012 conference on 21 & 22 November. Physicians across the UK – from core medical trainees to consultants had a unique opportunity to get up-to-date with latest practices and thinking in acute and general internal medicine for free. ALSG took part by running 30 minute simulation sessions over the full two days. Over 250 CPD certificates were issued to delegates completing various activities including the simulation session, interactive online topics from the MedicALS course and skill stations for CVC and chest drain. A busy but enjoyable conference!

ALSG gets gold!

ALSG are very proud to announce that we have been awarded GOLD in our Investors in People assessment. We have now joined an elite group of just 2% of organisations that achieve this standard.

Strengthening Emergency Care in the Gambia: have we made a difference?

ALSG and MCAI have been working in The Gambia since 2007. Our aim is to support them to achieve MDG 4: to reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five and MDG 5: to reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio.

In 2007 we did a review of data from log-books completed by participants on our courses and they had completed 244 resuscitations with a survival rate of 94% - 229 survivors.

Data published recently in The State of the World’s Children 2012 (UNICEF) showed the difference we are helping to make:

  • In 2006 the Under 5 mortality rate was 109 and in 2010 has reduced to 98
  • In that same period the Infant mortality rate has dropped from 84 to 57
  • That is a difference between 1 in 7 children under 5 dying in 2006 and 1 in 11 children under 5 dying in 2010
  • In 2005 the maternal mortality rate was 690 and in 2010 it is 360
  • In 2005 the lifetime risk of death in childbirth was 1 in 32. This has now reduced in 2010 to 1 in 56

Saluting the past - supporting the future ...

ALSG recently linked with soldiers of The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, to deliver a large amount of donated APLS training equipment, to the APLS centre in Sarajevo, Bosnia………read more

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A big thank you to Cardiac Services

A big thank you to Cardiac Services, Stockport for their generous donation of defibrillators to the ALSG Training Centre here in Manchester. These are used on various ALSG courses and have already been a great asset! In addition, this has enabled us to donate two of our older defibs to the APLS group in Bosnia who are in great need of training equipment and grateful for any donations.

Collaboration between MCAI, ALSG and Mothers of Africa in RCoA news

Please click here for news on ALSG's collaboration with MCAI and Mothers of Africa.

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New look ALSG

We are proud to announce the launch of our new ALSG logo. A small party was held on 19th January 2012 attended by trustees, staff and guests to reveal our new look.
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ALSG moving forward

ALSG is extremely proud to have been selected as a participant on the 10,000 Small Businesses programme in the North West.

10,000 Small Businesses is designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises operating in the United Kingdom. The programme is targeted at small businesses and social enterprises with clear ambitions to expand. The goal of the programme is to provide participants with tools and resources to help them lay the foundation for long-term sustainable growth and job creation in their communities.

10,000 Small Businesses is funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation and delivered in the North West by Manchester Metropolitan Business School.

MSF needs Obstetricians

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) needs obstetricians to work around the world, click here for more details.