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Anaesthetists shine bright at awards ceremony

Andrew Barton and Charles ArcherTwo trainee anaesthetists from Poole Hospital were among the winners named at the regional Shine Awards that took place last week.

Dr Andrew Burton and Dr Charles Archer took home the trophy in the Education and Training Innovation Champion of the Year category for their development of a Rapid Evaluation and reSuscitation of the Unwell Simulated-patient (RESUS) Simulation Course for junior doctors.

The Shine Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in education and training benefiting NHS patients and service users in Dorset and the surrounding areas.

The innovative RESUS course was set up by Dr Burton and Dr Archer in June 2013 in response to the pair’s first hand experiences of caring for acutely unwell patients. They hoped to address areas that they’d identified in their training that could have helped them to be better prepared for life as a junior doctor.

The course also has an accompanying website that provides students with free access to uniquely designed treatment summaries and clinical skills videos.

The course has now taught over 150 students and has received positive feedback from participants who feel they have grown more confident when dealing with acutely unwell patients.

Award winner, Dr Burton said: “It is an honour to receive this award on behalf of the team and all the faculty in recognition of the time and hard work they have given to developing and delivering this course.

“We hope that it will ensure that students in Wessex and further afield continue to receive high level teaching on the identification, treatment and escalation of care of unwell patients to ensure greater patient safety in the years to come."

Date: 22 October 2015

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