Learning for life: trauma support

Life
Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are the processes
by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve their practice.

There
are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses, study days
and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection. Reading
articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-date with what
is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifying what you
have learnt is not always easy. These questions are designed to help you to
identify what you have learnt from studying the article. They will also help
you to clarify what you can apply to practice, what you did not understand and
what you need to explore further.

1
What are the four main components of the trauma support programme?

a)
awareness, education, post incident briefing, psychiatric report
b) education, post incident briefing, post incident psychiatric report
continued follow up
c) education, immediate post incident action, post incident psychological
debriefing, continued follow up
d) education, immediate post incident action, awareness, continued follow up.

2
What does BRIT stand for?

a)
British
b) Being Right In There
c) British Rail Incident Team
d) Body Recovery Incident Team

3
Which London airport was involved with the project?

a)
Gatwick
b) City
c) Heathrow
d) Stanstead

4
What OH issues are important parts of the training course?

a)
Stress, post traumatic stress, control of infection, general and specific
health and safety issues
b) Post traumatic stress, control of infection, immunisation policies, health
and safety issues
c) Control of infection, health and safety issues, risk assessment, post
traumatic stress,
d) Health and safety issues, risk management, control of infection, stress

5
Who were the team members each team in the MPS?

a)
OH advisers, OH welfare counsellors, OH practice nurses, OH managers
b) OH advisers, OH physicians, OH welfare counsellors, OH practice nurses
c) OH advisers, OH physicians, OH welfare counsellors, OH managers
d) OH advisers, OH physicians, OH practice nurses, OH managers

6
What were the six planned stages of occupational health involvement?

a)
Pre selection seminar selection stage, the course, mandatory debriefing, follow
up, support and/or treatment
b) Pre selection seminars, selection stage, course, psychological d interview,
follow up, support and/or treatment
c) Pre selection seminars, selection stage, course, mandatory debriefing,
psychological interview, support and/or treatment
d) Pre selection seminars, course, mandatory debriefing, psychological
interview, follow up, support and/or treatment

7
Under support and/or treatment what advice did the OH service offer?

a)
Sick leave entitlement
b) Legal entitlement
c) Compensation
d) Attendance at work

8
Why was a randomised control trial not suitable for this project?

a)
Lack of resources
b) Insufficient funding
c) Ethical issues
d) Lack of management support

9
What was handed to each officer following the two courses?

a)
Certificate of attendance
b) An open learning pack
c) Copy of the OHPs
d) Self evaluation questionnaire?

10
Where else has the course been used?

a)
Bosnia
b) Croatia
c) Kosovo
d) Serbia

Feedback

1c,
2d, 3c
4a
Risk assessment, risk management and immunisation may have been covered
in the sessions on health and safety issues and infection control.
5a Working as a team and attending meetings require specific skills.
Explore these further by reading: Challinor P, 1999, Meetings: the challenge,
Nursing Standard. 13, 50, 40-45 and Bee F, Bee R, (1998) Facilitation Skills,
London: IPD
6a 
7d
OH services may not be able to give advice on a, b and c but they can
point people in the right direction
8c The ethical issues of research and epidemiology are important factors
to consider in clinical effectiveness. Undertake a literature search on these
topics if they are not familiar to you. A useful text is Beaglehole R, Bonita R
and Kjellstrom T, 1993. Basic Epidemiology, WHO
9d |Make notes on elements of questionnaires you have found good and
those you have found annoying. Discuss this with your clinical supervisor or a
respected colleague
10c

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