Salford reaches finals of Nursing Times Awards

Tuesday 22 July 2014

The University of Salford has been shortlisted for an influential Nursing Times Award in the emergency and critical care category for a unique course which shares best practice across Europe and the USA.

Salford and its partners have reached the finals of the awards for developing the international Recognition of the Acutely Deteriorating Patient with Appropriate Response (EU Radar) course. EU Radar provides nurses with the skills to immediately recognise and respond to patients who are becoming acutely unwell, ensuring they receive high quality care and timely admission to critical care.

The 10-day intensive EU Lifelong Learning Programme has been running for two years and is funded by the British Council. So far there have been 135 students and 28 staff from Salford, Spain, Germany, Finland, Cyprus, Slovakia and the USA who have taken part in the course.

Salford hosted the course in the first year, and the highlights included the use of the University’s hi-tech Simulation Laboratory which contains computer-controlled mannequins in a hospital ward environment. The simulation of human patients means that students can develop their skills in a realistic environment before coming into contact with real patients.

The course provided a rich and varied experience for the students, with staff from the Greater Manchester Critical Care Skills Institute, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, North West Ambulance Service, and the Royal Air Force delivering presentations which explored many issues in relation to care of the patient and their significant others in a time of acute ill health.

Senior Nursing lecturer Melanie Stephens, project co-ordinator and a member of the international team which designed the course, said: “It’s an honour to reach the finals of these awards. The calibre of the competition is very high so we’ve done really well to get this far.”

The winners of the 2014 Nursing Times Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 29 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.