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Funding secured for online trauma resilience management course for Welsh medics

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB), in collaboration with Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), DNA Definitive and the NHS Wales Innovation Group Leads, has secured funding from Welsh Government to develop a digital trauma resilience management (MedTRiM) course for medics in Wales.

The online MedTRiM course is a proactive, peer delivered, cognitive based resource for supporting NHS staff who are exposed to trauma. It is based on trauma resilience training used in the military and is crucial now to support clinical staff across Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The course’s participants receive training to deal with healthcare associated events that are potentially traumatic and a variety of skills to enhance your own wellbeing. The course emphasises the need for self-care and a range of wellbeing strategies are delivered throughout the training.

The course was previously run as face-to-face workshops but the pandemic necessitated that it was transferred to a digital platform. In order to fund this digitisation project, the course’s designers, Dr Mark Stacey, Consultant Anaesthetist at Cardiff and Vale UHB and Associate Dean at HEIW, Professor Andy McCann of DNA Definitive and the NHS Wales Innovation Group Leads, applied to Welsh Government’s COVID-19 Digital Solutions fund.

MedTRiM was selected as one of the five projects, from over 100 applications, to receive government backing in order to rapidly pilot and implement to provide digital solutions to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Stuart Walker, Executive Medical Director at Cardiff and Vale UHB, said, “In our day to day lives, it is highly likely that clinicians on the frontline will experience traumatic events. Now, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is increasingly likely. When events like this happen it is crucial that healthcare organisations such as Cardiff and Vale UHB do everything they can to support staff members, which is why we have a robust employee wellbeing service. However, it is crucial that members of staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills in order to support themselves and their colleagues. I am very proud of this achievement and the emphasis we are able to put on resilience, and I would encourage all my colleagues to make the time to undertake this training if possible.”

Dr Mark Stacey, Consultant Anaesthetist at Cardiff and Vale UHB and Associate Dean at HEIW, said, "This is undoubtedly one of the most valuable programmes I've been involved with through my career.  The potential benefits to scaling support for colleagues is considerable."

The course is being provided to doctors as part of this pilot until March 2021. During this time the scalability and availability options for wider NHS staff will be explored.

To enrol on the online course, please visit the HEIW website.

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