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Isle of Man Ambulance Training Centre Commended 2 October 2007

The Department of Health and Social Security Ambulance Service Training Centre was given a clean bill of health last month after being assessed by the Institute of Health Care and Development (IHCD), the awarding body for ambulance-related qualifications.

The Island’s Ambulance Training Centre has been running now for several years and the continued accreditation from the IHCD means that staff training will continue to be conducted on-Island instead of using one of the accredited schools in the UK.

The representative from the IHCD, Mr Roy Dearnley, was impressed with the training and facilities in place for students on the Island and stated that he would make special mention in his report that the method of annual assessment, which includes monitoring paramedic/technician crews whilst dealing with patients, assessment of practical driving skills, together with future plans for psychometric testing of staffs’ driving behaviour, far exceeds most UK ambulance service training centres’ assessment practices.

Eddie Teare MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security, in welcoming the commendation said:

“Improving the level of training of Ambulance Service personnel and the provision of excellent patient care is a priority for the Department. The commendation from the Institute of Health Care and Development confirms the Department’s commitment to excellent care and service to the community on the Isle of Man”.

Chief Ambulance Officer, Steve Sieling added:

“The Service has an excellent training team led by Russell Thornhill and I never doubted that the re-accreditation would be anything other than a success. The staff, including myself, are very fortunate in having such a forward thinking and enthusiastic team that is committed to ensuring that we are not only kept up to date with mandatory requirements but are, in some cases, the pace setters in relation to future ambulance training initiatives”.

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