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Education and Ebola: initiating the cascade of emergency healthcare training
  1. Will Eardley1,2,
  2. D Bowley3,
  3. P Hunt4,
  4. J Round5,
  5. N Tarmey6 and
  6. A Williams7
  1. 1Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK
  2. 2Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  4. 4Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  5. 5Department of Anaesthetics, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK
  6. 6Academic Department of Critical Care, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK
  7. 7Department of Cardiology, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, UK
  1. Correspondence to Lt Col Will Eardley, Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW, UK; willeardley{at}doctors.org.uk

Abstract

In response to the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, the UK deployed a Joint Inter-Agency Task Force to Sierra Leone. As well as constructing Ebola treatment units, the force supported a rapidly upscaled mass programme of training for host nation healthcare workers in basic knowledge of Ebola and personal protective equipment. A bespoke training course was developed in collaboration with the WHO and other partners over a period of 2 weeks, taught to 119 trainers the following week, and then cascaded to over 4000 Ebola workers over the following month. This article describes curriculum design, content delivery and assessment of this unique Training The Trainers course delivered in austere circumstances. Key learning points are highlighted and supplementary material is provided to inform future deployed clinical education initiatives.

  • MEDICAL EDUCATION & TRAINING
  • Received December 1, 2014.
  • Revision received December 14, 2014.
  • Accepted December 16, 2014.

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  • Received December 1, 2014.
  • Revision received December 14, 2014.
  • Accepted December 16, 2014.
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