Hands-on Learning

Hands-on Learning

Hands-on skills training

CLICK HERE for 2019 Hands-on learning programme

A range of expert training available to all delegates, from students to consultants. Develop new skills you can use instantly back on the ward.

Sessions are available free of charge to delegates, however spaces are limited so book using the button above to avoid missing out.

*Ultra sound sessions now available to book, run by GE Healthcare. Places filling up quickly, so ensure you book your place now. 


Currently available to book

  • Heart and IVC
  • Lung ultrasound and pneumothorax
  • DVT scanning
  • Using a scope during a difficult intubation
  • Scope handling skills
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Effective handover
  • Incident investigation
  • Plan on a page for QI



Basic bedside echo run by GE Healthcare


  1. Demonstrate the surface landmarks and transducer position necessary to perform an emergency echocardiogram.
  2. Acquire and interpret sonographic images of the heart (subcostal, PSLA, PSSA and A4)
  3. Identify pathologic conditions such as pericardial effusion, Abnormal EF and Right heart enlargement.


Lung examination including identifying pneumothorax run by GE Healthcare

Aims: LUNG

  1. Review the sonographic artefacts of normal and pathologic pulmonary conditions that give lung US it’s diagnostic capability. This includes pleural sliding, A and B lines and comet tail artefacts
  2. Demonstrate sonographic landmarks of ribs, pleura, diaphragm and lung parenchyma.
  3. Recognise presence of Pneumothorax and Pleural collection.


Scanning for Deep Vein Thrombosis run by GE Healthcare

Aims: DVT

  1. Understand the sonographic landmarks as they relate to the veins in the lower extremity.
  2. Acquire and interpret sonographic images of the Femoral and Popliteal veins.
  3. Demonstrate the 2 point compression technique in the lower extremity.


Scanning the abdomen in particular the IVC run by GE Healthcare

Aims: IVC

  1. Understand the surface landmarks and transducer position to perform sonographic examination of the IVC.
  2. Acquire and interpret sonographic images of the heart (subcostal) and IVC in the longitudinal plane.
  3. Identify volume status of the IVC based on size and collapsibility.


Set Up and Intubation

  1. Understand the set up and functioning of the Ambu aScope system and aView monitor
  2. Can apply different clinical situations and choose appropriate routes of intubation
  3. Can effectively trouble shoot throughout procedures


Intubation Via SGA

  1. Successfully identifies the aScope role within current recommendations
  2. Demonstrates correct assembly of all required equipment
  3. Performs advanced airway manoeuvres


Scope Dexterity

  1. Understands optimal handling and driving of aScope
  2. Can successfully manoeuvre aScope into proximal and distal airways
  3. Practices simulated dexterity




Non-invasive ventilation

This session aims to illustrate, through demonstration and practice, how to deliver effective Non-invasive ventilation in keeping with the most recent guidelines and trends. A practical demonstration will highlight the best practice settings as well as mode options to respond appropriately to the patient requiring non-invasive ventilatory support. There will be an opportunity for participants and practitioners to experience therapy for yourself.

Learning outcomes from the each session

• Identify appropriate settings required for Non-invasive ventilation and CPAP

• Improve patient comfort during NIV and CPAP

• Effectively apply patient interface to ensure successful NIV and prevent pressure trauma and promote tissue viability



Effective patient handover run by RCP CQID (RCP quality improvement and patient safety faculty)

Patient handover is one of the most safety critical elements of patient care in hospitals. Structured communication is an essential skill for this, both for information on patients, and on the working environment. This skill is required by staff at all levels in daily practice.

You will take part in a simulated shift handover that includes clinical information, team working, and safety briefing. You will receive feedback and coaching to improve your effectiveness in this situation. You will experience good practice that you can take back to your organisation.

Learning outcomes from the each session

• Apply structured clinical information sharing

• Apply team situational awareness

• Experience good practice for shift handover


Plan on a page for QI run by RCP CQID 

You know care can be improved, because you have seen or experienced first-hand things going wrong, being inefficient, or you’ve seen or heard of something great in another hospital. How do you move from a trigger to improve, to a plan to implement change?

Quality Improvement Projects are now part of the Foundation Programme and IM curriculum.
This session will work with you to develop an improvement plan on a page, using Cause and Effect and Driver Diagrams to identify a team, areas of focus, and metrics. We will also signpost you to ongoing support.

Learning outcomes from the each session

• Understand the key components of an improvement project

• Apply Cause and Effect analysis

• Apply Driver Diagrams

• Understand how to identify Stakeholders

• Understand how to choose metrics for improvement projects


Incident investigation run by RCP CQID 

When things go wrong we need to understand why, so we can reduce the chances of future error and harm. The people who are most likely to understand why an error occurred are those who were there at the time. Rapid incident debriefing is an underused element of incident investigation and team working, that requires structure to feed into ongoing investigation, learning and to support those effected by the error.

You will take part in an incident debriefing, learn key roles, and a structured approach. This structured approach supports route cause analysis, and incorporates key elements of human factors analysis. It also incorporates openness and individual and team resilience.

Learning outcomes from the each session

• Understand and apply a human factors approach to incident investigation

• Apply debriefing communication skills

• Understand and apply root cause analysis approaches

• Apply team resilience approaches