A world class resource for the ambulance service: the NARU Education Centre
A truly world class facilitySince 2008, the National Ambulance Resilience Unit's (NARU) Education Centre has been dedicated to the improvement of specialist pre-hospital patient care delivered in especially challenging or particularly hazardous environments.It is best known for its role in maintaining and delivering the national core training for Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART), although its remit and range of courses has grown significantly in recent years.The Centre was awarded the prestigious Skills for Health Quality Mark in 2014 and has recently been reassessed, which is provided by the Sector Skills Council for Health and demonstrates that an organisation has met the unique health sector quality framework for learning and training—and the high standards expected by healthcare employers. The Centre is the only ambulance organisation to hold this accreditation.Preparing ambulance personnel for some of the most difficult and dangerous responses they may ever have to make requires a special blend of good facilities, robust yet creative teaching courses, highly realistic training scenarios and above all, extremely dedicated training staff.NARU has worked tirelessly to get all of these key ingredients in place and today, after 8 years of continuous improvement, the NARU Education Centre is increasingly being recognised as a world-class facility and a genuine standard-bearer for the rest of the NHS.It is the only facility of its kind in Europe and regularly welcomes international observers from all over the world—including from some of the highest profile emergency response and counter terror agencies in the world—all of whom are keen to benchmark their own training against the NARU standard.Head of training, David Bull QAM, says:‘Our international profile is growing because we are the only organisation doing this type of training at this level. We are preparing NHS ambulance staff for the worst—not simply the response to terrorism or firearms attacks but also for wider serious potential public health issues such as pandemic flu or Ebola.‘We continually modify our courses using information gleaned from the latest high profile mass-casualty events, from research and from new data we collect on an ongoing basis and this is why we have carved such a high profile reputation among the international community.’
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