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Major trauma life support (MTLS) course launched to meet urgent demand in Wales

17 May 2023

Medical professionals working on trauma patient

The University and the South Wales Major Trauma Network (SWMTN) are collaborating to deliver a new blended learning course tailored to Wales' NHS staff.

This programme features sessions from consultants, senior nurses and allied healthcare professionals across Wales, including the SWMTN Lead for Clinical Education, Dr Kosta Morley and the SWMTN Matron, Angharad Griffiths. The MTLS course aims to meet the urgent need for increased trauma education in the acute care setting.

Various factors, including large numbers of emergency department staff, new appraisal curricular requirements, and the impact of the pandemic on training, have culminated in an urgent demand for a bespoke trauma course.

The University and SWMTN aim to fill this gap with the new MTLS course which seeks to offer an affordable, geographically convenient, multi-disciplinary, and clinically applicable course for doctors, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals managing acute trauma.

The launch of this exciting new CPD course, designed and run by experts in their field, recognises the importance of delivering the best care for those who experience major trauma qualifying injuries. We know that the demographics of those experiencing trauma is changing and that with an ageing population these events will become increasingly common. We are therefore delighted to be launching this course for colleagues across the multi-disciplinary team.
Dr Jamie Reed, Dean Medical Education and Director Centre for Medical Education

Delivery is blended, combining independent eLearning study with a face-to-face day session and a virtual assessment. This approach recognises the time pressures frontline staff face and allows them to manage their time and study around their work commitments.

We know from our close partnership with the SWMTN that there is an urgent need for acute care trauma training. With the MTLS course, we aim to help all MDT staff to feel more confident in managing major trauma. Our overarching aim is to ensure that the best trauma care is delivered to the people of Wales and beyond.
Dr Grace McKay, MTLS course Programme Director

Bookings for this course are now open. Visit the course page for full information on course content, learning outcomes, and a sample timetable for the face-to-face session. There are two face-to-face sessions available: 23 October and 24 October.

If you would like to discuss how we can work with your organisation to provide CPD opportunities, please get in touch with our friendly team:

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