Staff in Hartlepool full of praise for doctor’s teaching

HEALTH staff in Hartlepool are full of praise for regular in-house teaching a doctor is holding on a range of medical topics.

Senior house officer, Dr Mo Helmy, runs weekly sessions with staff from his base in the joint replacement unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

In the four months since it started the classes have covered a range of topics including acute kidney injury, heart attacks, pneumonia, falls in the elderly and strokes.

Other areas have included anaemia, blood transfusions, diabetes, neck of femur fractures, gastrointestinal bleeds and seizures.

Expert speakers are also being invited to hold teaching – consultant anaesthetist Elke Kothmann has delivered two sessions about pain control.

The training is also open to anyone – nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists and non-clinical staff all regularly attend.

Mo said: “This is aimed at keeping staff up to date with latest practice, maintaining knowledge and skills and ensuring staff are able to react to unexpected or emergency scenarios.

“It can also be used as a development tool – going towards nurse revalidation and continuous professional development.

“I am passionate about the development of all staff in their own roles and am delighted with how they have embraced this.”

Linda Wildberg, ward matron in the joint replacement unit, said: “Ever since the teaching first began it’s been very popular – not just with staff in the unit but across the hospital.

“Mo delivers the course in a very interesting, engaging and informative way. Staff go away from this teaching having learned new skills and knowledge which they can take directly back into their own roles.

“We are thrilled to have someone as passionate and knowledgeable as Mo working as part of this fantastic team.”

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