Training and learning thrives despite restrictions

Mandatory fire training at Westmead Hospital.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made significant adjustments to our work, social, and day-to-day life, but learning has not stopped in Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

Even though some training sessions were ceased until further notice and strict physical distancing protocol was enforced, our staff showed commitment and professionalism by attending their remaining mandatory classes.

Westmead Simulation Labs have been busy running personal protective equipment (PPE) and basic life support training for COVID-19 patients.

Clinical nurse specialist Sandra Warburton said that it was important to find balance between continuously conducting essential training and keeping all participants safe. Her team was pleasantly surprised by the compliance of the staff to carry on with the training.

“Since the start of the pandemic, we have successfully and safely trained the majority of WSLHD medical staff. It is impressive,’ Sandra said.

“As you can see, we strictly follow the physical distancing protocol. If you have not done your PPE training yet, you can still do it. Speak to your local educator to arrange it.”

Westmead Hospital staff participate in basic life support training.

Other essential simulation-based training sessions, such as basic and advanced life support, DETECT, and new graduates’ orientation resumed this week, on June 9.

“We will use large auditoriums and will only allow the small number of people to keep physical distancing as the main safety priority. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to check online resources in My Health Learning and be up-to-date with your online training,” Sandra said.

Fire safety manager Colin Anlezark said it was critical for fire training to carry on.

“We were asked to continue our work, and so we did. We had decreased the number of people per training in some locations. The upper level of Westmead Multiplex parking – the usual spot for all fire training – allows participants to evenly spread around, keeping a safe distance between each other, so that was easy.

“I was pleased to see everyone doing the right thing and coming to the training. I can say, we succeeded in our task to carry on and keep everyone safe”, Colin said.

With the exciting news about restrictions easing across all Australian states, it is important to remain vigilant and follow the basic health care guidelines, including physical distancing.

It is also important to keep up with reoccurring duties such as mandatory training. To stay on top of the game, visit My Health Learning to check if you are up-to-date with your training and book an available face-to-face session if needed.