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PROMPT Train the Trainers (T3) Day

The PMF UK faculty run the ‘Train the Trainers’ (T3) Day for key members of the multi-professional team from local units. Teams that have attended PROMPT T3 training delivered by the UK Faculty, are then authorised to implement PROMPT Courses in their own hospital, unit or institution.

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PROMPT Train the Trainers (T3) Day

Delivered by: The PMF UK faculty run the ‘Train the Trainers’ (T3) Day for key multi-professional teams from local units. Teams that have attended PROMPT T3 training delivered by the UK Faculty, are then authorised to implement PROMPT Courses in their own hospital, unit or institution (see PROMPT Course).

Duration: 1 Day

Where PROMPT T3 training is delivered: PROMPT T3 days are ideally run in a training institution/college:

  • Teams of 4 multi-professional staff are trained from each unit (e.g. an obstetrician, an anaesthetist, 2 midwives or local equivalent)
  • Teams pay a group fee to attend the T3 day and take away the PROMPT ‘Course in a Box’ training package which includes: Course Manual, Trainers Manual and DVD containing Powerpoint presentations and videos, drill scenarios and debriefing checklists, treatment algorithms and documentation pro formas
  • Teams learn how to use the PROMPT ‘Course in a Box’ and are given ideas on how to facilitate obstetric emergency drills
  • Teams take the ‘Course in a Box’ back to their own unit to implement locally

Who should attend: Local multi-professional teams from individual hospitals (e.g. an obstetrician, an anaesthetist, 2 midwives or local equivalent)

Authorisation: The multi-professional teams that have been trained will be authorised by PMF to deliver PROMPT Courses within their own hospital, units or institution.

PROMPT Course

PROMPT courses are run in individual maternity units/institutions by multiprofessional teams of staff that have attended a PROMPT Train the Trainers (T3) day delivered by PMF authorised trainers. Local faculty should include obstetricians, anaesthetists and midwives (or local equivalent).

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PROMPT Course

Delivered by: PROMPT Courses are run in individual maternity units/institutions by multiprofessional teams of staff that have attended a PROMPT Train the Trainers (T3) day delivered by PMF authorised trainers. Local trainers should include obstetricians, anaesthetists and midwifes (or local equivalent).

Where PROMPT Courses are delivered: The PROMPT Courses are run in maternity units by faculty working in these units. The drills should ideally be run on the labour ward or other relevant clinical areas.

Who should attend: 20-40 multi-professional maternity staff (obstetricians, anaesthetists, midwives/obstetric nurses and support workers) attend each course. Participants are always staff working within the maternity unit where the course is held. Each maternity unit should aim to train 100% of their maternity staff on an annual basis.

PROMPT courses are always implemented by local staff and tailored to the specific needs and practices of individual maternity units. They are not intended for external participants from other units.

What does the PROMPT Course cover: Participants are given a PROMPT Course Manual two weeks before attending their course. The recently updated manual covers all obstetric emergencies and includes up to date evidence based management recommendations. During the course, participants learn how to manage obstetric emergencies in multi-professional teams on their own labour ward, using their own emergency equipment, thus gaining local knowledge of the location of equipment, as well as local procedures and systems.

What if my unit does not offer PROMPT training? All maternity units should provide some form of obstetric emergency training. The best person to ask is the Practice Development Midwife or Practice Educator in your own unit. Even if PROMPT Courses aren’t available in your unit, you can still purchase the PROMPT Course Manual from the RCOG website.

PROMPT course manual

The PROMPT Course Manual is essential reading for all attendees of local PROMPT Courses and provides much useful information for any health professional wishing to understand more about the management of obstetric emergencies.

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PROMPT course manual

The PROMPT Course manual was first published in 2008 (RCOG Press). Since then it has consistently been in the Top 20 bestselling titles in the RCOG bookshop with excellent reviews:

"The most useful resource ever, for educating student doctors and midwives and for supporting best practice for all qualified O&G and midwives"

The second edition of the PROMPT Course Manual has been comprehensively updated to reflect the latest research and current clinical practice. It has also been expanded to include four new modules (maternal anaesthetic emergencies; maternal sepsis; twin birth; inverted uterus). 

Contents of PROMPT Course Manual (Second Edition):
• Module 1 Teamworking
• Module 2 Basic life support and maternal collapse
• Module 3 Maternal cardiac arrest and advanced life support
• Module 4 Maternal anaesthetic emergencies
• Module 5 Intrapartum fetal monitoring
• Module 6 Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
• Module 7 Maternal sepsis
• Module 8 Major obstetric haemorrhage
• Module 9 Shoulder dystocia
• Module 10 Cord prolapse
• Module 11 Vaginal breech birth
• Module 12 Twin birth
• Module 13 Inverted uterus
• Module 14 Basic newborn resuscitation

We provide the training and materials for you to deliver PROMPT courses to your staff.

"Teams that work together should also train together, with regular training taking place on the labour ward rather than on 'away days' ..." (The King's Fund - 2008)

Golden rules for the course

  • Multi-professional participants and trainers
  • Locally run courses, using facilities in own units
  • Locally adopted (and adapted)
  • Integrated team-working e.g. training in teams
  • Multi-professional drills, supported by in-house clinical 'champions'
  • Use of simple props and patient actors
  • Participants debrief using clinical and teamwork checklists
  • Use of PROMPT Birthing Trainer for Shoulder Dystocia

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What you get for your money

PROMPT is a researched and evaluated training package that tests local equipment, systems and protocols using emergency boxes, treatment algorithms and documentation proformas.

The ‘Course in a box’ contains participant course manuals, trainers’ manuals and a DVD of lectures and multi-media which include:

• Interactive lectures and example videos
• Interactive drills and workshops using simulated obstetric emergency situations.
• Teamwork and communication in emergency training, and many useful tips.

We provide 1 year of technical support and you can purchase additional course manuals at a significantly reduced cost.

International

The PROMPT course is clinically effective and fully evaluated, and has been successfully adapted and introduced into many well resourced countries around the world. Low resource countries, with the highest levels of mortality and morbidity need PROMPT more than anyone else. Find out how you can introduce PROMPT to your unit/Country in the how to apply for T3 training section.

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