NMC Releases Advisory For Strengthening COVID Trainings, Ask
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Aiming to attenuate any further surge in COVID cases by strengthening infrastructure for COVID training of doctors, nurses and health staff, as well as the nomination of competent trainers, the National Medical Commission (NMC), has issued an advisory for medical colleges.

Through its advisory, the apex medical regulator has directed all the medical institutes to establish a robust training framework across the country. It informed about the constitution of Empowered Group-3 (EG-3) for effectively addressing the evolving challenges from Covid-19 and listed down the clinical topics for the training of doctors, nurses and all health staff.

More than 120 lessons across 22 modules have been identified by the NMC and all health professionals are required to undergo training and certification on these clinical topics, to ensure patient safety at all times. The commission also recommended that the skill laboratories of all medical colleges be utilized for the training. It has further asked the states and Union Territories (UTs) to nominate the relevant master trainers.

~ Empowered Group-3 (EG-3)

The NMC informed that an Empowered Group-3 (EG-3) has been constituted on 'Augmenting Human Resources andCapacity Building' for decisively and effectively addressing the evolving challenges from Covid-19. EG-3 had further formed a sub-Group on Training and Capacity Building' with the mandate to identify training needs, develop modules and suggest robust training network to carry out trainings of Health Care Professionals.

EG-3, considering the recommendations of sub-Group, has been envisioned that a robust training framework needs to be established across the country to enable trainings on COVID-19 related topics, to mitigate any further surge of COVID.

~ Training modules

"More than 120 lessons (topics) across 22 modules have been identified. Several of these are clinical in nature and may need onsite trainings," said the NMC. All the health professionals including Doctors, Nurses and other clinical staff must undergo training and certification on these clinical topics, to ensure patient safety at all times. The skill training and verification is envisaged at the level of COVID hospitals and similar facilities including medical colleges, by utilizing the existing resources.

~ Establishment of Skill Labs

For the purpose of imparting the training, the NMC has recommended that the skill laboratories of the medical colleges may be utilized and list of equipment as per the list mentioned below may be made available from the existing resources.

While the equipment list is stratified based on the level of services to be provided in the facilities, medical colleges are expected to provide trainings for all the lessons and ensure availability of the equipment accordingly, it said.

~ Nomination of Competent trainers

The NMC has asked all the states/ UTs/ Medical Colleges to nominate the relevant master trainers for the said training to be conducted at the State/ UT level. It further asked the medical colleges to coordinate for conducting the training and building up the infrastructure before August 31.
"All the ACS/Principal Secretaries /Secretaries (Medical Education) of the states/ UTs are requested to coordinate for conducting these trainings and building up the requisite infrastructure as described earlier before 31/08/2021," the advisory read.

~ Training of Trainers

ToT (Training of Trainers) for such clinical courses (training lessons) will be conducted by AIIMS faculty and the schedule will be shared shortly with all concerned State /UTs. It will also be available at NMC's website.

Potential trainers can be retired Doctors and specialists (any including Physicians, lntensivists, Anesthesiologists with extensive experience) or available Doctors with extensive experience, Critical Care Nurse Practitioners, Respiratory Therapists and Physiotherapist, with adequate and extensive experience in handling critical equipment.

To know more details check out:
https://www.nmc.org.in/
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