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Welcome To The Course!

Welcome to the course!
An emergency air ambulance critical care transfer team in action

Throughout the next four weeks we will explore a wide range of topics within transfer medicine and hear from transfer specialists about their experiences in different modalities across different environments.

We hope you enjoy the interactive experience and benefit from our expert international faculty of paramedics, doctors, nurses, engineers and pilots.

Support & Endorsement

Four logos of the endorsing societies We are proud to announce that this course is endorsed by The Royal College of Anaesthesists, the British Association of Critical Care Nurses, the School of Paramedics, the National Association of EMS Physicians and the Society for Obesity and Bariatric Anaesthesia UK

Over four years of course development we’ve worked with a variety of societies and companies, the global contribution of which has added immense value to the course. We’d like to express our gratitude for the support from:

We are grateful for funding received from UCLH, UCLH Charity, and Health Education England through the London Transformation and Learning Collaborative, a Health Education England and NHS England and improvement initiative, as part of the education response for its Adult Critical Care programme. All have helped us to produce the high quality material, videos and infographics included.

This Course Is Multi-Disciplinary

It is intended for everyone involved in the transfer and care of critically unwell patients. This includes dedicated transfer practitioners, nursing staff of all grades from emergency and critical care medicine, operating department practitioners, anaesthetists, intensive care doctors, pre-hospital doctors and paramedics.

Faculty explanation of the ambulance to MDT course delegates

We also welcome anyone at any stage of training with an interest in the topic, and to help with training we have aligned this course with the transfer medicine requirements set out in the curricula of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, and the national competency framework for adult critical care nurses.

We know that clinical practice can be really varied across the world, so as well as covering the clinical, physiological and human factor aspects of critical transfers, this course will help to showcase a global perspective on the current state of transfer medicine.

Transferring patients globally across borders adds specific challenges for the entire team which we will discuss in more detail later in the course.

This Course Is International

We are delighted to collaborate with a number of retrieval organisations worldwide. Throughout the course you will be invited to the interactive map; a showcase of the scope of work that these organisations carry out.

See the huge range of services contributing to this course in alphabetical order:

Adult Critical Care Emergency Support Service (ACCESS) London, African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) Flying Doctors (Kenya), Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (UK), Auckland City Hospital Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit (New Zealand), Bundeswehrkrankenhaus Ulm (Germany), Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (Cayman Islands), Children’s Acute Transport Service (UK), Institute for Emergency Medicine Universitaetsklinikum Schleswig Holstein (Germany), ITW Würzburg, Universitaetsklinikum Wuerzburg (Germany), Jackson Health System (for Miami-Dade County, USA), Klinikum Fulda gAG (Germany), National Spinal Injury Referral Hospital (Kenya), North Central London Adult Critical Care Transfer Service (UK), North East & Cumbria Transport and Retrieval (UK), New Zealand Air Ambulance Service Ltd (New Zealand), North East London Critical Care Transfer And Retrieval (UK), Northern Ireland Specialist Transport and Retrieval (UK), North West London Retrieval Service (UK), Royal Flying Doctors Service Southeastern Section (Australia), SEM-Pediatric and Neonatal Transport Service (Spain), Southampton Oxford Retrieval Team – Paediatric Critical Care Transport Service (UK), SPecialist Retrieval and INtensive care Transfer service (UK), Texas Children’s Hospital Kangaroo Crew (USA), Wellington Aeromedical Retrieval Service (New Zealand) and services in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Kingston (Jamaica).

Meet The Educators

Photo of the team

If you would like to learn more about the team who have collated and curated the course, please click on the links below:

Lead Educators:

FutureLearn & Course Interaction

An important part of professional development – and of the FutureLearn approach – is learning through shared experience and discussions with other participants; we encourage you to share your own experiences and thoughts in the comments sections at the end of each step. In some steps you will find videos or links to other interactive elements to guide additional learning.

We politely ask that you observe the FutureLearn Code Of Conduct and remain respectful of other learners in your comments. If you are drawing on your own personal experience, please remember patient confidentiality not to disclose information that could identify your colleagues or patients.

Finally, if you would like to request an accessible version of any of the content, please get in touch.

Please note: within the course you will view videos and photographs that depict clinical scenarios and processes. All identifiable people pictured – staff, patients and actors – have given express permission for their image to be shared for educational purposes and we thank them for their contribution.
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