Training pathway

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Our core training

Once members have been through the application process to join the UK-Med Register, they’ll be invited to follow the Core Training Pathway. This includes both learning activities and further assessment.

The pathway is designed to achieve one main aim: UK-Med members are trained to effectively deliver high quality responses to health emergencies.

The Core Training Pathway consists of a number of self-directed and interactive learning activities. We’ve designed it to be delivered 100% online when necessary. We also have several simulation exercises and face-to-face learning activities that we run when it’s possible and relevant.

The pathway is flexible, and we continuously adapt it to best fit the context we’re operating in. After an individual assessment, we’ll decide which courses are relevant to you, and which ones we strongly recommend you take to build your capability for a response with us.

There are a few training activities that we ask everyone to do. These cover topics that are essential to who we are as UK-Med and what we do. We expect all staff and members to build their knowledge, skills and attitudes in these areas.

The pathway has two phases

1. Assessment

This phase ensures that we apply robust assessment procedures related to the UK-Med Core Humanitarian Competencies. It also makes sure that members build foundational knowledge and attitudes related to emergency responses with UK-Med.

Activities include: online self-directed courses; live, simulation-based selection training; interviews and screening/vetting.

2. Capability strengthening and preparedness

This phase ensures that UK-Med delivers high quality responses to health emergencies. It does this by making sure team members are well prepared, and have the capabilities needed to perform their functions safely, effectively and efficiently.

We have a wide-ranging training portfolio. It is designed to prepare members as thoroughly as possible to respond to health emergencies with UK-Med, and make sure we have the teams we need to staff our responses. As well as several compulsory learning activities, this phase includes training within each specialism.

Invitations to training

Once you’ve been through the application process we’ll contact you about the next steps. The first thing you’ll receive is links to some self-directed e-learning courses.

For interactive training, we’ll be in touch when we’re running an event that’s relevant to you, and you’ll be invited to apply for a place.

We aim to train everyone to the same standards. However, we have a very large register of members and we have to consider the needs of our current and upcoming responses when we invite people for training. So please be patient with us.

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