Narcaid, a leading provider of highly acclaimed distance learning courses for paramedics and medical practitioners, is launching its website this week.
Narcaid runs specialist training for medics facing drug-related cases across the globe. Students from as far afield as the USA and Australia are becoming increasingly common although there is considerable uptake closer to home. At any one time there are 200-300 medical professionals worldwide are on the programme, but numbers will increase substantially with the online access.
The course has proved popular in the UK. The Trafford Drug Action Team, in South Manchester, recently sponsored 60 local ambulance personnel and police surgeons to undergo the course.
Narcaid was set up eight years ago by qualified nurse Jayne Irlam using the knowledge gained as an examiner for St Johns Ambulance and member of the Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse. The British Paramedic Association and the Royal College of Nursing now approve Narcaid programmes and students receive Royal College of Nursing certification.
The aim of the website will be to generate increased awareness and interest of Narcaid’s courses. It will also provide on-line alternatives to the current paper based courses and in so doing open up the course’s popularity further. The syllabus will be taught with the aid of online testing, case studies and virtual clinics. The online clinic format will allow authentic pre-hospital scenarios to be used as virtual simulations for paramedic students.
Narcaid founder Jayne Irlam: “When I set up Narcaid it was, as far as we knew, the only type of course of its kind to be found anywhere. There was a huge need for the course then and that remains true today. The new website will allow us fulfil that need more effectively.”
Jayne continues: “Management of drug related incidents is a specialist area of care, but one that confronts paramedics, doctors and A&E staff regularly. The course aims to help medical staff make crucial decisions for patients resulting from a wide range of substance abuse.”
Vince Holt managing director of 11 out of 10, Narcaid’s digital media agency: “Putting the course online will make it more flexible and accessible, participants can chose when and where to access the information to suit their busy schedules and without interrupting their careers.”
For more information on the course please go to www.narciad.co.uk