Psychological First Aid Training

The course will raise delegates’ awareness of typical reactions to traumatic incidents or situations, including Covid-19, provide a suggested structured protocol for providing support following such events, together with the knowledge and skills to deliver support to colleagues who have been involved in these events and situations.

It will also raise delegates’ awareness of the issues around Compassion Fatigue and Burnout and provide some strategies and techniques to assist in minimising the effects of these problems, both for themselves and their colleagues.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Delivery: Face-to-face or virtual
  • Methods: Presentations, group discussions, breakout sessions and role play in small groups
  • Pre-event preparation: Pre-reading of course material and review of individual past traumatic events to ensure delegates are not harmed by the course content
  • Post-event work: None

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Who can attend

– Wessex and Thames Valley professionals who are required to support colleagues suffering from PTSD,
– Delegates from other regions may attend as fee payers if a fee type is made available

Aims and learning outcomes

Aims:

– Demonstrate a knowledge of the NHS model of Psychosocial Care and Psychological First Aid (PFA)
– Recognise typical Post Trauma Reactions and the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
– Recognise typical staff reactions when working in the NHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic
– Demonstrate a knowledge of the ‘Peer Support’ model of staff support
– Conduct an appropriate Psychological First Aid Session with those working in the NHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic
– Recognise the effects of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
– Minimise the effects of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout using practical techniques and mindfulness, both for them-selves and for their colleagues
– Provide continuing support for staff working in the NHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic
– Suggest a variety of practical ways of reducing the impact of typical staff reactions to trauma and the COVID-19 Pandemic
– Identify those who may be in need of professional mental health care using a process of Psychosocial Triage and refer or signpost them appropriately
– Recognise the limits of their skills and knowledge and obtain professional advice when appropriate

Learning outcomes:

Having attended this masterclass, delegates will be able to:

– Demonstrate a knowledge of the NHS model of Psychosocial Care and Psychological First Aid (PFA)
– Recognise typical Post Trauma Reactions and the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
– Recognise typical staff reactions when working in the NHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic
– Demonstrate a knowledge of the ‘Peer Support’ model of staff support
– Conduct an appropriate Psychological First Aid Session with those working in the NHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic
– Recognise the effects of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
– Minimise the effects of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout using practical techniques and mindfulness, both for them-selves and for their colleagues
– Provide continuing support for staff working in the NHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic
– Suggest a variety of practical ways of reducing the impact of typical staff reactions to trauma and the COVID-19 Pandemic
– Identify those who may be in need of professional mental health care using a process of Psychosocial Triage and refer or signpost them appropriately
– Recognise the limits of their skills and knowledge and obtain professional advice when appropriate

Associated GMC Generic Professional Capabilities (GPC)

Domain 2: Professional Skills (Communication and interpersonal skills)
– Establishing an effective and respectful doctor-patient partnership with the ability to demonstrate empathy and compassion
– Demonstrating active listening skill

Domain 5: Capabilities in leadership and team working
– Demonstrating an understanding of a range of leadership principles, approaches and techniques, and applying them in practice
– Supervising, challenging, influencing, appraising and mentoring colleagues and peers to enhance performance and to support development

Faculty biography

Gerry Jackson

Gerry is a Psychosocial Care and Trauma Response specialist with over 30 years’ experience in the field. He was originally trained within the Police Service, where he retired after 30 years’ service. Gerry now runs his own practice providing Psychological First Aid support and training.

Gerry has responded to major incidents, as well as smaller scale incidents, in commerce, industry and in the NHS. Gerry is also a qualified counsellor.

Gerry has provided many training courses in a variety of NHS Trusts and across Health Education England over the years, and has provided Psychological First Aid for NHS staff during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Funding

– Wessex training grade doctors and Wessex SAS/Specialty grade doctors are funded by HEE Wessex, so no study leave claims will be necessary for course fees.
– Other delegates are required to pay a nominal fee.

Cancellation penalties may apply. Please refer to the HEE Accent Course Manager Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Event dates and how to book

The following event dates are available to book online:

21 February 2023
18 April 2023
14 July 2023
12 December 2023

If you have not yet registered as a user with the HEE Accent Course Manager system, you will be required to do so before booking your place.