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‘Up2Speed™’ CPD Accredited Course Teaches Fundamentals of Working in the NHS

Jun 22, 2015.

With frontline staff training at the fore of NHS workforce agendas, healthcare professionals are now able to gain invaluable CPD accredited course which teaches the fundamental, non-clinical aspects of working in today’s challenging and complex NHS environment.


The half-day workshop, Up2Speed™, is designed for those new to working in the NHS, but also offers advice and guidance for senior colleagues on mentoring and coaching junior members of staff. Course content focuses on the working practices and ethics of the NHS, though it can be tailored based on the delegates’ experience and learning requirements.

From breaking bad news, conflict resolution to encouraging doctor-nurse team working, this 3 CPD point accredited workshop ensures medical students are ‘Up2Speed™’, ready to hit the ground running on their first official hospital placement. Likewise, experienced healthcare professionals looking to take on a leadership role are advised on how they can make this happen.

Initial discussions between Dr Kishan Rees and Dr Matthew Dolling, Deputy Director of Medical Education and Consultant Anaesthetist at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Undergraduate Medical Education Department (UMEC), led to the launch of the course.

“At the UMEC we teach medical students from the University of Leicester and the University of Nottingham, and I see the Up2Speed™ course as an extension of the daily work already being done to ensure the students are ready for life as a doctor or nurse,” said Dr Dolling.

WatMed educational is signed as an exclusive partner to ID Medical School which means ID Medical is the only healthcare recruiter able to offer this unique training. ‘Up2Speed™’ is delivered in an informal and friendly environment where all members are encouraged to participate, and the course complements the preceding half-day Clinical Skills Workshop.

Caryn Cooper, head of ID Medical School, commented, “We identified the need to offer our locum workforce numerous learning opportunities to develop their skills and professional portfolio with CPD accredited courses.

Following the success of the Clinical Skills Workshop, where a lot of topics are discussed that would be useful to people new to working in NHS settings, we commissioned WatMed educational to deliver a unique and exclusive course – Up2Speed™. We are confident this will be a popular course among our 45,000+ registered and compliant healthcare professionals, as well as medical students.

We truly believe investing in our candidates’ and the next generation of healthcare professionals’ training and development is fundamental to ensuring a high level of patient care and safety is continually delivered.”

Dr Kishan Rees added, “I firmly believe we should expose locums and NHS staff working in temporary roles to the same educational opportunities as those in training jobs. Up2Speed™ is the first of a series in WatMed educational’s portfolio designed to achieve this.”


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Mr Simon West, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and BMI Three Shires Hospital, is another key senior consultant acting as advisor to WatMed educational. He echoed the aforementioned sentiments and has always taken a keen role in helping international medical graduates acclimatise and adjust to working in the NHS.

Mr West commented, “With locum doctors and agency nurses pivotal to sustained patient care,  cpd accredited course like Up2Speed™ really are essential for helping their successful integration into one of the most complex healthcare systems in the world.”


About WatMed educational

WatMed educational, working in exclusive partnership with ID Medical School, is a provider of high quality CPD accredited courses with a difference. This is a company founded on solid principles with a true desire to bring about positive change within the medical profession and at the grass roots level.

Dr Kishan Rees, director of WatMed educational is currently a clinical teaching fellow and coming to the end of reading for a Masters in Medical Education (Due to graduate July 2015). He has launched PREPARE4FY1® to supplement the current teaching he provides and runs a successful CPD accredited Clinical Skills Workshop for ID Medical School.

Following the success of the Clinical Skills Workshops, WatMed educational has been actively adding to its portfolio of courses. Its latest course ‘Up2Speed™’ is just one example of a new, case-based teaching course with discussion around key areas relevant to those practicing in today’s complex NHS environment.


About ID Medical

Award-winning, multi-discipline healthcare recruiter ID Medical was formed in 2002 and is a superior quality supplier of locum doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and clerical staff to over 90% of NHS hospitals and private medical sector organisations.

From its headquarters in Milton Keynes as well as its Central London office, ID Medical provides practical, cost-effective and innovative workforce solutions, supplying over 5 million hours to the NHS per annum. Crown Commercial Service (CCS), HealthTrust Europe (HTE) and London Procurement Partnership (LPP) framework approved, ID Medical receives over 38,000 available shifts per month in hospitals nationwide.

Since its foundation, the company has earned itself industry-wide accreditation and success with an amounting collection of accolades. These include the Recruiter FAST 50, Real Business Hot 100, Recruitment International Top 250 and The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100. Most notably, through an abiding focus on employee satisfaction, ID Medical was crowned Recruitment International’s ‘Best Recruitment Company to Work for 2013’ and made its debut in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for 2014 at list position 33.

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