BASICS Scotland Emergency Medicine Training Portfolio Project

The biggest change to courses since BASICS Scotland started

BASICS Scotland is introducing a portfolio system for emergency medicine training for remote and rural practitioners and increasing the number and variety of training opportunities available. This new system will be supported by new and innovative methods of remote learning.

BASICS Scotland has been providing prehospital emergency care training to a multi-professional audience of rural practitioners for the past 24 years. The changing needs of these professionals and the changes in health care provision have prompted BASICS Scotland to look the way it delivers education and has gained support from the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (SRMC) for this project. The number of days on which training in Scotland is available will double.

Portfolio Project Partners

NHS Education ScotlandClinical Skills - Managed Educational Network

Scottish Maternity

Emergency Medical Retrieval Service




What are the changes?

  • Starts April 2018
  • Remote and rural nurses, paramedics and doctors will be invited to join a new portfolio system for prehospital emergency medicine training
  • The portfolio will outline an eight day programme of face-to-face training that should be completed every four years
  • The training will include, trauma management, cardiac resuscitation, Paediatric emergencies, the deteriorating patient, obstetric emergencies and neonatal resuscitation
  • Participants will be invited to identify their training needs within the portfolio. The training needs of individual health boards and localities will then be identified and provision made to provide bespoke training
  • There will be an increasing amount of training available and this will be provided as individual days of training on weekdays and weekends
  • The project will be supported by a team developing new and innovative ways of delivering remote education including use of videoconferencing, social media and potentially video games technology. This will build on the work we have already undertaken providing education by videoconferencing. This report shows significant benefits in both time and money from the use of remote learning.
  • BASICS Scotland will be working in partnership to achieve this. Partners include the NES clinical Skills Managed Educational Network, The Scottish Multi-professional Maternity Development Programme, The NES Mobile Skills Unit, The Emergency Medical Retrieval Service and local resuscitation training officers.


If this proposal meets our expectations every remote and rural health nurse, paramedic and doctor, who wishes, would have access to a locally delivered training programme supported by high quality remote learning materials thus providing the ultimate in cost-efficient and time efficient training. The training will be part of a nationally recognised scheme and employers would recognise the benefits not only of attending the face-to-face training but of the benefits to them, both financial and in staff time, of allowing staff time to undertake remote learning. The portfolio could potentially be expanded to include urgent care training.

Expressions of interest.

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