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Emergency Department Nursing Trauma Competencies
Emergency Department Nurses are required to complete Level 1 and Level 2 Adult and Paediatric Trauma Competencies dependent on their experience and place of work. Please see the below competency documents, which also outline expectations regarding completion:
Level 1 Adult Level 2 Adult Level 1 Paediatrics Level 2 Paediatrics
Trauma Ward Competency Assessment
The 2021 update of trauma quality indicators includes the requirement for TU's to submit evidence against the following measure:
For wards that care for trauma patients, for example trauma and orthopaedics, medicine, there should be a nurse/AHP available 24/7 who has successfully attained or is working towards the adult competency & educational standard of level 1 as described in the National Major Trauma Nursing Group guidance
In order to support Trusts in achieving this measure, the Network has developed the following guidance (adapted from NELETN guidance, with kind permission):
Inpatient Nursing & AHP
Admitting Ward Schedule
For further information and support, please contact the Network Education Lead
The EoE Trauma Network, in collaboration with the EoE Critical Care Network, set up the EoE Tracheostomy Working Group in 2015. A group of clinical and non-clinical professionals from around the region to explore the issues surrounding people with tracheostomies in the community setting.
The idea of living with a tracheostomy in the community can be daunting. This short video is aimed at providing information for the person affected, their families and the people involved in their care. It seeks to improve knowledge and confidence in approaching tracheostomy care:
The Living with a Tracheostomy leaflet can be issued to patients and contains useful information on the management of tracheostomy-related emergencies.
The EoE Tracheostomy Working Group has also written regional guidelines to standardise tracheostomy care in the community - Community Tracheostomy Guidelines for Adults
Living with a Tracheostomy
Community Tracheostomy Guidelines
The National Tracheostomy Safety Project have collaborated with the NHS e-Learning for Healthcare (eLfH) and the Royal College of Anaesthetists e-Learning in Anaesthesia project (eLA) to develop four self-directed modules. The modules are open access for all healthcare staff and are available here:
The NTSP website also contains several useful resources, such as algorithms and bedhead templates.