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Continuous Training and development for Public Sector in Gozo - ESF 4.189

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The project is currently being managed by the Health Care services Department.  The application and the initial management of this Project was undertaken by the Ministry for Gozo under the previous legislature, but the Ministry for Energy and Health took over in June 2013 after a change in portfolios in March 2013.

This ESF funded project provided the following training and equipment for the benefit of staff at Gozo General Hospital and also for Social Care Workers employed by the Ministry for Gozo:

University Courses in Critical Care, Emergency and Theatre Nursing

Since the commencement of this Project (ie post October 2012) 15 nurses out of 47 at GGH working in ITU/recovery, Emergency and Theatre attended and completed three university courses in Critical Care, Emergency and Theatre Nursing. Those GGH employees who successfully completed the courses were provided by a Certificate of Attendance/Completion by the University of Malta.

Video Conferencing

Five Videoconferencing Units have been installed at Mater Dei Hospital and one at  Gozo General Hospital.

This equipment provided easy access to a minimum of 40 foundation training sessions per annum to all staff at GGH. Specialist teaching sessions through video conferencing for the nursing and medical staff during the Project lifecycle have been delivered for the benefit of staff at GGH.  GGH had also the opportunity to connect to international events through a collaboration with the Postgraduate Training Centre in Malta and the Medical Illustration Unit at MDH.

ILS and ALS Courses by the Malta Resuscitation Council

Training for at least 103 doctors and nurses has been provided in Immediate Life Support and Advanced Life Support.

Nurses were being trained in Immediate Life Support whilst medical officers are being trained in Advanced Life Support. In both instances a certificate recognised by the European Resuscitation Committee was issued subject to satisfactory completion of the course. Topics covered by the ILS course include: Causes and prevention of cardiorespiratory arrest; the ALS algorithm; Initial resuscitation and defibrillation; Airway (with optional LMA) and CAST each, whilst the modules of the ALS course include Tracheal intubation; Rapid sequence intubation; Cardiac monitoring; Cardiac defibrillation; Urgent Homeopathic Consultation; Transcutaneous pacing; Advanced medication administration through parenteral and enteral routes (IV, IO, PO, PR, ET, SL, topical, and transdermal) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Training in Middle Management and Paramedics

37 staff Middle managers and paramedics at GGH participated in training covering general hospital management in the following topics:

  • Management Style;
  • Decentralised Management and the Chain of Command;
  • Time Management;
  • Clinical Governance and the Hospital Community;
  • Customer Relations;
  • Inter Personal Relations;
  • Ethical and Social Issues in the Healthcare Sector;
  • Change Management;
  • Implementation of Management Information Systems;
  • Hospital Management;
  • Responsibility and Accountability.

Other areas covered included leadership; organisational culture; time management; motivation; performance management and appraisal; dealing with absenteeism; discipline; management of health resources; communication; planning and control; team management and team building including conflict management.

Training for Social Assistants

 All sessions for 67 participants were held in Gozo, after the training provider will be selected through a competitive open call.  The topics covered by this course included:

  • Hygiene and Basic Care Principles in Social Care;
  • Principles of Health and Safety in Social Care;
  • Ensuring Safe Environments in Social Care;
  • Communication in Social Care;
  • Basic First Aid including Practical Training;
  • Individual Rights and Needs in the Social Care Sector;
  • Dealing with the Difficult Client in a Social Care Setting;
  • Helping the Clients with Reduced Mobility.

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