A University of Hull alumnus has supported a team delivering training to NHS staff working in Nightingale hospitals across the UK.
Richard Price studied Marine Biology at the University, but saw his career take a very different path when he joined the NHS over a decade ago.
Working in a role focused on digital education and learning, Richard has in recent weeks been instrumental in a huge effort to provide training to both returning and current NHS staff helping tackle COVID-19 at Nightingale hospitals.
Mr Price, Learning Technologies Advisor to Health Education England, said: “My role is heavily focused on research and development, and looking at how technology can support the way we educate people in the NHS, health and care.
“The training for Nightingale has been led by simulation and e-learning courses delivered through our e-Learning for Healthcare platform. There have been video tutorials too, so it has been quite varied.
“The scale of the training has been enormous. Yesterday, 400 people went through training for the Nightingale Hospital at London’s Excel Arena.”
To date, the learning has been accessed by NHS staff more than 800,000 times, to prepare them for frontline work tackling COVID-19 across the UK.
Nightingale hospitals have been set up in cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol, in a move intended to ease pressure on existing NHS facilities.
Earlier this month, NHS England also announced a Nightingale hospital would be launched in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, providing 500 extra patient beds in the town’s Convention Centre.
Mr Price said training delivered had been across a broad range of areas.
“Given these resources did not exist about a month ago, the number of people who have been through the training is incredible,” he said.”
“Take for example a cardiac arrest scenario – if you have a cardiac arrest, it is the same for the patient regardless of whether they have COVID-19 or not.
“But for the NHS staff treating the patient, if that person has COVID-19 symptoms, the way the procedure is handled is totally different, as they will be wearing specialist PPE. Training has to be provided to ensure they are able to perform the same task to the same standard.”