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Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Unit
Training Programs  

 

Introduction:

A cadre of health professionals who are trained in the latest evidence-based methods and practices is a key component to a well-functioning health system that is adaptable to meet the needs of the population. Given this, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is an important strategic instrument for improving health and social services. CPD contributes to performance improvement of health providers through standardizing skills according to evidence-based guidelines and practices, improving access to high quality care, enhancing the interactions between providers and facilitating dialogue. As such, since 2003 Juzoor has focused on implementing a number of activities in CPD to upgrade the knowledge base and improve technical skills and performance of providers in the various service settings throughout Palestine and in the region.

At Juzoor, Continuous Professional Development is viewed as both an internal and external process involving many dimensions. Within this philosophy, human resource development is considered a crucial element in not only developing skills, knowledge and attitudes, but also in helping to create an enabling environment whereby organizations can perform effectively, efficiently and in a sustainable manner.

Juzoor strives to bring evidence-based, internationally accredited training programs to the country such as the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) training from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Child Health Diploma from the UK’s Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health.

Juzoor training programs are based on the latest evidence-based information, are grounded in adult learning principles, delivered according to the highest quality, incorporate innovative and dynamic methodologies, and follow a specific lifecycle (see below).

 

 

We develop and invest in national teams of trainers in different specialties to deliver training programs according to the latest scientific updates and in accordance with best practices. Juzoor-affiliated instructors come from diverse backgrounds, representing the major stakeholders in the health sector (Ministry, UNRWA, NGOs and private practice), and the health and teaching institutions (universities, medical schools, nursing colleges and hospitals implementing residency training programs) all across the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In addition Juzoor forms strategic alliances on a national basis with bodies such as the Palestinian OB/GYN and Pediatric Societies, the Medical Syndicate and the Palestinian Medical Students’ Union, to ensure the sustainability of CPD activities. Finally, we maintain contact with our instructors, current and former trainees through a database which allows us to organize periodic follow-up activities and distribute updates and new evidence-based information as it becomes available.

In all CPD activities Juzoor targets providers from various sectors including Ministry of Health, UNRWA, NGOs and private practitioners 

The CPD Unit organizes two main types of training programs: Emergency and Non-Emergency. The following are descriptions of the continuous professional development activities implemented by Juzoor:

 

Programs

 

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO):

The ALSO program combines evidence-based hands-on simulation training with multidisciplinary team-based approaches to enable better management obstetric emergencies.

Participants should be able to Discuss methods of managing pregnancy and birth emergencies, which may help standardize the skills of practicing maternity care providers, and demonstrate content and skill acquisition as demonstrated by successful completion of the course written exam and megadelivery testing station.

Successful completion of this course awards ALSO Provider status for five years. The course is available in English.

Primary Audience: all maternity care providers, including physicians, residents, nurse midwives, registered nurses, and other clinicians.

 

 

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP):

The NRP course conveys an evidence-based approach to care of the newborn at birth and facilitates effective team-based care for healthcare professionals who care for newborns at the time of delivery. NRP utilizes a blended learning approach, which includes hands-on case-based simulation/debriefing that focus on critical leadership, communication, and team-work skills.

Upon successful completion of the course, students receive course completion certificate, valid for 2 years.  The course is available in English.

Primary Audience: The NRP Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. These include personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units, such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics.

 

 

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Course: :

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services arrives. In this course, students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies, adult CPR and AED use.

Upon successful completion of the course, including a first aid, CPR and AED skills test, students receive a Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course completion card, valid for 2 years. The course is available in Arabic & English languages.

Primary audience: this course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid, CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

 

 

Basic Life Support (BLS) Course: :

The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers (HCP) Course is a video-based, Instructor-led course that teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support. This course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED.

BLS for Healthcare Providers teaches skills using the American Heart Association’s proven Practice-While-Watching technique, which allows Instructors to observe students, provide feedback and guide students’ acquisition of skills. With their student manual for the course, students receive the new Pocket Reference Card, designed to provide quick emergency information to the rescuer at any time.

Upon successful completion of the course, including skills and written tests, students receive BLS course completion card, valid for 2 years. The course is available in Arabic & English languages.

Primary Audience: BLS course is designed for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

 

 

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS):

The American Heart Association’s ACLS Course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS for Healthcare Providers skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. The ACLS course also covers airway management and related pharmacology.

In the ACLS Course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

Upon successful course completion includes demonstrating skills competency in all learning stations and passing the CPR and AED skills test, bag-mask ventilation skills test, a Megacode test and a written test, students receive an ACLS Provider card, valid for two years. The course is Available only in English language.

Primary Audience: ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel inemergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.

 

 

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS):

The American Heart Association’s PALS Course enhances healthcare providers’ skills in the treatment of pediatric arrest and periarrest patients. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

The course uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to teach and reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics.

Upon successful course completion includes demonstrating skills competency in all learning stations and skills test, Megacode test and a written test, students receive PALS Provider card, valid for two years.The course is Available only in English language

Primary Audience: The PALS Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. These include personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units, such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.

 

 

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) :

The American Heart Association’s PEARS Course helps healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and treatment of seriously ill infants and children.

PEARS teaches providers how to recognize respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest and how to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider. It also emphasizes the resuscitation team concept. The goal of the PEARS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a PEARS Provider Card, valid for two years. The course is Available only in English language.

Primary Audience: PEARS is for healthcare providers such as emergency medical technicians (EMTs), medical and surgical nurses, school nurses and any other healthcare providers who see critically ill infants and children infrequently.

 

 

Trauma Team Training:

Trauma and Disaster Team Response is a low-cost course designed to teach a multidisciplinary team approach to trauma evaluation and resuscitation. Through an inter-professional approach this course aims to improve teamwork skills and clinical practice relevant to trauma management. It highlights efficient use of resources and improvements of care provided to the injured patient. The course includes didactic component skills workshops and team building exercises simulation and case studies.

 

 

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) :

HBB is an evidence-based educational program for neonatal resuscitation in resource-limited settings. HBB is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Saving Newborn Lives, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and the Laerdal Foundation. 



A key concept of HBB is The Golden Minute: within one minute of birth, a baby should be breathing well or should be ventilated with a bag and mask. The Golden Minute identifies the steps that a birth attendant must take immediately to evaluate the newborn and stimulate breathing. Participants in this course will become proficient with skills for newborn resuscitation and learn how to integrate resuscitation in a wider plan of essential care for all newborns.

 

 

Basic Surgical Skills (BSS) :

The Basic Surgical Skills (BSS) Course is designed to introduce surgical trainees to safe surgical practice utilizing demonstrations and hands-on skills-stations that emphasize proper surgical techniques. It sets the standard for safe, basic surgical techniques common to all forms of surgery including safe abdominal incision and excision of lesions, the suturing of skin, bowel and blood vessels, and tying of knots, handling sutures and surgical instruments. The practical stations involve the use of surgical instruments on animal tissue models.

 

 

 

On-Demand Training Programs


Breastfeeding promotion and Protection: Juzoor has developed specialized expertise in this area and in cooperation with the medical and nursing school instructors; Juzoor has developed an updated breastfeeding curriculum with accompanying instructor training manual to standardize breastfeeding education for doctors, nurses and midwives in learning institutions throughout Palestine. The goal of the curriculum is to train students to provide accurate, effective, high-quality breastfeeding counseling to mothers.

 

 

Infection Prevention and Control: Juzoor has developed specialized expertise in IPC and has contributed to the development of national protocols in this area for primary health care and hospitals and continues to do so through model building of IPC programs at the hospital level, implementation of trainings, and provision of on-going system support for primary, secondary and tertiary health services.

 

 

Hospital Based Emergency Training: Juzoor implemented  a hospital based emergency training program across the West Bank targeting doctors and nurses working in hospital emergency rooms. The methodology was prepared and validated by Johns Hopkins University.

 

 

Pre-hospital emergency Training: Juzoor also  implements pre-hospital emergency training for doctors, nurses and community health workers working in primary health care centers or the community. These efforts have proven important during periods of conflict and crisis, helping providers appropriately respond to an increasing number of emergencies and injuries. These trainings also contribute to building the emergency response capacity of institutions and providers throughout the country, which have long-lasting developmental benefits beyond responding to the emergency needs. The methodology used is adapted from the first aid methodology of the Red Cross/Red Crescent.

 

 

 

Previous Programs


Child Health Diploma: Juzoor cooperated with Al Quds University in Jerusalem and the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health in the UK in offering a Palestinian Child Health Diploma for Palestinian doctors and nurses working with children in primary health care settings, as well as for first year pediatric residents. The diploma course focuses on the latest, evidenced-based knowledge and skills in child health issues encompassing a comprehensive approach to children’s health.

 

 

Mental Health in Primary Care: In cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Health and funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) through the UNDP, Juzoor implemented a project to train doctors and nurses working in primary health centers (PHCs) in practical skills to address a wide scope of mental health needs of PHC patients, particularly women and children.

 

 

PED FACTS: As children make up almost 50% of the Palestinian population Juzoor utilizes a simplified methodology prepared by the American Academy of Pediatrics for teachers and care givers in addressing pediatric emergencies. The training focuses heavily on prevention of accidents and basic care to address emergencies that happen in the community, stabilizing children and preventing further harm before they are able to access medical care.

 

 

National Protocols and Guidelines: Juzoor has contributed to the development of national protocols and curricula encompassing antenatal, perinatal, post natal care, maternal and child nutrition, gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and non-communicable diseases. Juzoor implements training in these areas as requested and according to need. Under contract by the Flagship Project, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and local and international consultants, Juzoor coordinated the process to developed up-to-date, evidence-based Standards of Care and accompanying training curricula in Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma and Hypertension. Pilot trainings have been implemented and planned for further roll out. The Ministry of Health will validate and implement the Standards of Care on a national level, so that they become the standard operating NCD protocols in the country. This work follows on a successful, similar project to develop protocols for the screening and management of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) and Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy (HDP), and advocating their acceptance nationally and training health services providers on how to effectively use these protocols to prevent, screen and manage these illnesses. Currently, Juzoor with local and international expertise, is building on these successes in addressing NCDs on a wider level among health providers and on the community level through the development of guidelines, protocol, training curricula and models of community based prevention and care. <hr<

 

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