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Transfer course

Transfer course
The North West London Critical Care Network, developed a Transfer training course as part of a strategic improvement project to better manage critical care transfers within the Network. The Network aim is that all critical care patient transfers are undertaken by staff who have been exposed to transfer training.

The Critical Care Transfer Training course is a multi-disciplinary course, free to network member organisations, consisting of a full day with presentations, filmed material, workshops and a written test (or celebration of learning). These are delivered by clinicians working in critical care and emergency departments in North West London. For more information about the Network course or if you would like to facilitate a locally delivered course contact us for more information.

Transfer training course - example timetable

Topics include:

Transfer governance
Pre-transfer stabilisation
Specific transfer physiology
Specific management of aortic and neurosurgical emergencies
Trouble shooting equipment problems
Transfer process management

Course materials and documentation includes:

Network Transfer handbook

Aide memoire

Transfer form

Ambulance call sign flowchart- updated 2017

Top tips when booking an LAS ambulance (2017)

Reduction of risk leaflet

Poster EICM - transfer

Transfer Triage Tool 

Network transfer training videos based on the core messages of the transfer training course can be found in this website.

We have been asked frequently "what constitutes training in transfers?". Experience and training in transferring critically ill patients will typically fall along a spectrum. In order to facilitate communication amongst staff, we have developed a 'tiered' approach to describing transfer experience; this is not meant to be proscriptive but simply to aid comparison of different clinicians' experiences.

The decision on suitability of any member of staff to transfer a patient must always be made locally and ultimately lies with the on-call Consultant Intensivist / Senior Nurse; however, the tiered approach may aid such decision-making

Description of Transfer Training Tiers - Draft 2014