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BASICS Scotland Paediatric Tele-education Course Starts 29th January 2018

BASICS Scotland would like to announce the dates for the next Paediatric Tele-education Course, presented by Karyn Webster. This 9 week course will start on Monday the 29th January and run for 9 weeks with an additional 6 weeks of post-course giving you enough time to catch up on any recordings you have missed!

Tele-education by BASICS Scotland is an online learning resource ideal for remote and rural practitioners eager to reinforce and develop their skills in pre-hospital emergency care. The benefit of Tele-education is that participants can take part without having to leave their home or place of work. The course is delivered entirely over the web, with weekly 1-hour live sessions in a video conferencing format which participants can attend or view the recordings later at a time more convenient for them!

Topics on this course include:

  • Child with Fever & Meningitis
  • Head Injury
  • Seizures
  • Allergy & Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • LRTI
  • Epiglottitis & Croup
  • Gastroenteritis & Dehydration
  • Pain Relief

If you are interested in taking part in this course or would like more information head over to the BASICS Scotland website and complete an application form today!

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BASICS Scotland Adult Tele-education Course Starts 28th August 2017

BASICS Scotland would like to announce the dates for the next Adult Tele-education Course, presented by Karyn Webster. This 10 week course will start on Monday the 28th August and run for 10 weeks with a 2-week break in October.

Tele-education by BASICS Scotland is an online learning resource ideal for remote and rural practitioners eager to reinforce and develop their skills in pre-hospital emergency care. The benefit of Tele-education is that participants can take part without having to leave their home or place of work. The course is delivered entirely over the web, with weekly 1-hour live sessions in a video conferencing format which participants can attend or view the recordings later at a time more convenient for them!

Topics on this course include:

  • Allergy & Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • LVF – Adult Pneumonia
  • Stroke & TIA
  • Chest Pain & Thrombolysis
  • Head Injury
  • ENT Emergencies
  • Wounds
  • Burns & Tetanus
  • Pain Relief
  • Seizures

If you are interested in taking part in this course or would like more information head over to the BASICS Scotland website and complete an application form today!

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European Resuscitation Academy Day

BASICS Scotland are proud to be hosting this year’s ERA Day which will be held at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on the 8th September 2017 (the day before our conference).

Places are limited for this event and registrations will be opened up to all at the beginning of March. We are offering BASICS Scotland members the opportunity to register first by accepting registrations from them now! We have also reserved accommodation at the hotel if you want to make a weekend of it by attending both the ERA day and our conference.

For more information and to register visit

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BASICS Scotland Annual Conference & AGM

BASICS Scotland are pleased to announce their annual conference will take place at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Saturday the 9th September 2017.

This year’s theme is “It takes a system to save a life” and there are some fantastic speakers and workshops lined up including:

  • Deputy CMO for the Scottish Government and the Keynote Speaker, Dr Gregor Smith
  • National Clinical Advisor Dr David Caesar on Scotland’s Trauma System
  • The Sandpiper Wildcat Team and their “Story So Far”
  • Angela Lewis of Personal Support Aviation on Human Factors and Responder Welfare

…and many more!

To learn more about the speakers and sponsors at this year’s conference, or to book your place now, visit

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BASICS Scotland Paediatric Tele-Education Course

basics_logo_new_large_csNews just in from BASICS Scotland about their latest educational offerings…

We are pleased to announce the latest start date for our popular Paediatric Tele-Education Course

Book now for 24th April Start!

This popular course is specifically designed to refresh your knowledge of Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The course covers 9 topics over 9 weeks presented live over internet based video conferencing and recorded for you to watch at your own convenience.

Live sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings 7pm-8pm to allow those with busy schedules during the day to participate.

Topics covered include:

  • Fever and Meningitis
  • Head Injury
  • Seizures
  • Allergy & Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • LRTI
  • Epiglottitis & Croup
  • Gastroenteritis & Dehydration
  • Pain Relief

Can’t make the live sessions?

Don’t worry, each live session is recorded and made available on our E-learning website for you to view in your own time – access to course materials ends 6 weeks after last live session.

Book Now as closing date for registration is Friday 7th April 2017.

What does it cost?

The cost for this course is:

  • £135 for BASICS Scotland members
  • £150 for non-members

To download the information flyers and application form, visit the BASICS Scotland Tele-education page.

To help evaluate the benefits and cost-savings of Tele-education and Remote Skills Training, BASICS Scotland have commissioned a report which can be viewed on the BASICS Scotland website.

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15th March: Next BASICS Scotland Clinical Governance Meeting

basics_logo_new_large_csBASICS Scotland Clinical Governance Meeting

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 7-8.30pm

The BASICS Scotland Clinical Governance Meetings are held quarterly and are provided over internet based video conferencing allowing you to have a face to face meeting with your peers from the comfort of your own home or work place to share and discuss clinical cases that you may have been involved in or are interested in.

Each meeting consists of a selection of cases which are presented by the person involved and is then opened up for discussion giving you the opportunity to learn from others.

The programme for our meeting on 15th March can be downloaded here, and includes a number of general updates about BASICS Scotland work including our new responder debriefing pilot, a national guideline development group for prehospital care, and 2 cases from Highland.

Join us at the next meeting

This is a free benefit to all BASICS Scotland members and counts towards your CPD!

If you haven’t been to one of our meetings before and would like to attend this or future meetings please email or call Craig Stewart at the BASICS Scotland office – or tel: 01764 663671.

Invites will automatically be sent out to everyone who has previously attended one of our Clinical Governance Meetings.

The programme for this meeting will be distributed in due course and invites will be sent out on the Tuesday before the meeting.

Not sure how it works?

Never attended one of our internet based video conference sessions using Adobe Connect and unsure of how it all works? Contact Craig at the BASICS Scotland office ( or call 01764 663 671 ) and he will be more than happy to help you get set up.

You can also catch up on previous meetings which will give you a good idea of what is involved by logging into the members area of the BASICS Scotland website ( ).

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BASICS Courses update

News just in from BASICS Scotland about their CPD day and other forthcoming course information…


We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to attend this specially developed course for BASICS Scotland Responders.

The course is a one day event designed for and specific to doctors, nurses and paramedics who are already BASICS Scotland Responders.

Dates available: 17th and 18th May 2017

Venue: Mobile Skills Unit which will be located at Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin

This course is limited to 8 delegates per day so make sure to register your interest asap to guarantee a place.

The course content will include:

  • Simulation training with video augmented debriefs
  • Human factors training with an external expert

Cost to attend is now only £50

Full details and programme available by clicking on the download PDF button below.

If you would like to register for this course please do so by sending an email to and provide us with your preferred day of attendance.

As the numbers are restricted places will be given on a first come first served basis and a waiting list will be kept in the event of a cancellation.

Download PDF information from BASICS Website

Future Face-to-Face Courses

If you are looking to attend a PHEC Course of PHPLS Course this year please find below the list of courses available for 2017 below.

10th – 12th March ’17


Carnoustie Golf Hotel

24th – 26th March ’17


Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline

21st – 23rd April ’17


Islesburgh Hotel, Shetland

12th – 14th May ’17


Peebles Hydro, Borders

9th – 11th June ’17



22nd – 24th August ’17


Clinical Skills Centre, Western Isles

15th – 17th September ’17


Newton Hotel, Nairn, Highland

6th – 8th October ’17



20th – 22nd October ’17

2 x IMC Ref

DGRI, Dumfries

10th – 12th November ’17


Craigellachie, Grampian

24th – 26th November ’17


DoubleTree, Dundee

If you would like to register for any of the above courses please do so by sending an email to

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Review: BASICS Scotland Smartphone App

A few years ago I downloaded the BASICS Scotland App.  Offering the ability to record patient demographics, observations and interventions in real time on a smartphone seemed like a useful idea.

Initially, however, the app proved to be a bit buggy… and the only way of sending on the information was in a difficult-to-understand stream of text in an email.  It was a good first effort, but it wasn’t quite reliable enough for retaining vital information and the end result was a report that needed some time to decipher.  The app occasionally crashed, for example when entering a patient’s BM.

Things have changed, however, and I recently tried using the updated version on a number of calls.  I’m pleased to have discovered that the bugs have resolved, and the Patient Report Form (PRF) generated at the end is much easier to follow.  Patient data is now exported into a well-formatted Adobe PDF file.  This can be emailed directly from the app, to BASICS Scotland and to your NHSmail address.  In fact it can be sent to any email address, but the sensible advice is to use a secure system such as NHSmail.

Importantly, the app does not need connectivity at the time of use – using it in a typical rural area with limited or no connection will not pose any difficulty, and information can be easily stored until you get to an area that offers a connection with which to email the completed data.

Why are the PRFs important?

View a sample PRF PDF

It is vital for BASICS Scotland to get feedback from any BASICS calls, and unfortunately there is a relatively low completion rate.  Information about emergency calls helps to inform future training, contribute evidence of the value of BASICS Scotland care, and keeps the Sandpiper Trust informed and enthused about providing ongoing equipment support to responders.

Of course, you can still use the paper forms (just contact BASICS Scotland if you need any) and post them back to the office.  Some responders will prefer to continue (or start!) to use these… however with the latest app improvements, you might find it easier than ever to quickly submit a PRF at the end of a job: both for your own medicolegal and appraisal records, as well as providing this vital feedback to the BASICS Scotland office.

 What else does the app do?

As well as enabling PRF data collection, and collating this into an easy-to-read PDF document, the app contains a wide range of useful resources such as contact details, a ‘find my local hospital’ for any responders who are less familiar with their patch (or perhaps providing locum cover), clinical procedure guides, an equipment checklist and direct access to the BASICS Scotland training videos – which cover everything from cricothyroidotomy, ALS algorithms and use of a pelvic sling.

Opportunistic learning has never been more important, and as busy GPs, paramedics or nurses, having all this information and learning material to hand is a big step forward for responder support.

The app is free to member responders, and the initial download can be obtained from the BASICS Scotland website.  It is available for iOS and Android platforms, and updates are automatically pushed to your phone.  The office will help if you have any difficulties logging in or setting up the app.

What was that about low completion rate?

We know that responders are busy professionals.  However, BASICS Scotland really needs decent feedback to ensure it learns effectively from the calls that responders are attending: details help to inform future training content, clinical governance support and kit development.  PRFs should, ideally, be completed for calls – including emergency calls that might initially bypass Ambulance Control, which is a common scenario in more rural areas.  The PRF form allows accurate recording of pertinent call details for medicolegal purposes and personal audit, but also shapes what equipment is rolled out to responders by the Sandpiper Trust.

Pads of PRF forms are easily available by contacting the BASICS Scotland office – or as the article above highlights, can be quickly generated from data entered to the BASICS responder app.

Whilst we’re on this topic – did you know that BASICS Scotland can arrange helpful bag checks via phone or videoconferencing?  An experienced member of the BASICS team can remotely go through your kit check with you, and make immediate arrangements for replacement of expired or missing stock.  To arrange this, simply contact the office directly.

If you’d like to take a look and download the app for yourself, visit this section of the BASICS Scotland website.

Enter patient observations here (can be done multiple times under different time stamps)

Some of the different sections of the electronic PRF.

Sample PRF generation within the app

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Scottish Women’s Institutes supports the Sandpiper Trust

Many rural GPs across Scotland have in their possession a Sandpiper Bag which represents a unique collaboration between BASICS Scotland – which delivers training in prehospital emergency care to rural clinicians – and the Sandpiper Trust.  The Trust has been in operation for over fifteen years, and has provided over a thousand emergency kit bags to be distributed across rural Scotland and beyond, providing essential equipment to be available to rural responders in providing quality emergency care.  Each bag costs at least £1500, with some responders including those on islands and those who are ‘tracked’ by the ambulance service, receiving more than £4000 worth of quality kit.

To mark the centenary of the SWI, they have chosen the Sandpiper Trust to be their charity of the year.  This generous moves will help raise the funds required to keep the Sandpiper Trust able to support rural clinicians in this way.

At the RGPAS conference in November 2016, Aly Dickson, co-founder of the Trust, provided the following video message as he couldn’t attend in person due to being on holiday.  He explains more about the background to the Trust, and their dedication to supporting rural clinicians in Scotland…

David Hogg was invited to attend the SWI conference in November, but was unable to take time away from clinical duties.  However, he did prepare this short video message to the group to acknowledge this generous fundraising, and to give a perspective from a current clinician and active Sandpiper BASICS responder…

As ever, the Sandpiper Trust is extremely keen to receive feedback from responders about their involvement in supporting the Scottish Ambulance Service in responding to rural emergencies.  You can contact the Sandpiper Trust team at:

New tins and buckets are now available from the Sandpiper Trust to keep in your surgery to encourage local fundraising. For more information, see this page on their website.


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BASICS Scotland reports on over 15,000 hours of tele-education

BASICS Responders provide prehospital care across Scotland, especially in rural and remote areas.

BASICS Scotland – the charity that promotes the provision of high quality pre-hospital emergency care by health professionals across Scotland – recently produced a report that brings together experience of providing over fifteen thousand hours of online educational material.  And the conclusion: it’s cost effective, it increases access (particularly to remote and rural practitioners) to high quality education, and it works.

Tele-education has been available from BASICS Scotland since 2011, and since then the team have built on their experience to improve the learner’s experience, and reflect on what makes this form of learning most accessible.

Some participants manage to join these sessions in real-time, but the sessions are also recorded so they can be viewed at a later date via the BASICS Scotland website.  The sessions are usually packaged to run over ten weeks, covering adult and paediatric emergency prehospital care respectively.  A dedicated IT Facilitator assists participants with any initial difficulties in using the Adobe Connect software – which has proven to be an effective platform on which to deliver the content.  Participants who are watching in real-time are able to ask questions or type comments, and all of this is recorded for later viewing too.

As well as tele-education, BASICS Scotland also uses this technology for its Clinical Governance meetings (open to all member responders) and for Board meetings.  Scottish rural broadband speeds continue to pose some problems, but having knowledgeable IT assistance allows some of the technicalities to be tweaked, to maximise the use of available bandwidth.

The report (PDF) can be downloaded from the button below.  Further details on the tele-education programme can be found here, along with all the other training opportunities that BASICS Scotland provides.  A BASICS Scotland tour of the Adobe Connect platform can be found here.

Download the report here (PDF 733KB)
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