Gama opens training suite for NHS Staff
Infection prevention and control specialist, Gama Healthcare, best known for hospital disinfectant range Clinell, has built in a state of the art training facility, which is supporting healthcare professionals on the frontline.
Gama Healthcare has provided complementary training to over 32,000 NHS healthcare professionals since 2016 and hopes to reach a further 10,000 NHS staff over the next 12 months.
The company has a strong heritage in education, guided by its four clinical directors who are all internationally renowned lecturers in infection prevention, allied with esteemed global Academic Institutions and involved in advising governments in infection prevention and control policy. During COVID-19, the team were released back to the NHS, helping to guide infection prevention and control protocols at the height of the pandemic.
“We welcome NHS staff working in infection prevention and control into our training suite. GAMA Healthcare is passionate about preventing infections and has provided healthcare training for over a decade; As clinical directors, with nearly 100 year's combined IPC experience, we share knowledge and skills both in the UK and abroad. This makes the clinical team a valuable resource when it comes to healthcare professional education,” comments Yvonne Carter, clinical director at Gama Healthcare and previously head of infection control at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. “Our training can be bespoke and developed to answer particular clinical challenges. Whether a team is battling a C. diff outbreak or a ward team wishing to learn about aseptic dressing techniques; we can develop a specific session.”
The training suite consists of a ward environment encompassing a two-bed ward, an isolation suite (with en suite) and a utility area, where bedside equipment, such as IV stands and commodes are cleaned. There is also a seminar area where presentations can be hosted (virtual webinars or face-to-face education). The training focuses on surface disinfection predominately, covering topics such as cleaning protocols, product selection and promoting behaviour change.
Gama Healthcare co-founder and managing director, Dr. Guy Braverman, commented: “Gama Healthcare is founded by two ex-NHS doctors and we know first-hand the demands facing everyone who works within the NHS, but particularly infection control, to continually improve quality. There is a definite need for continued learning provided and led by specialists in that area, which is why we’ve invested in our new training suite.”
The company has also recently expanded its hospital hygiene offering, to include larger technologies, such as UV-C light machine Violet Room Sanitiser and instant patient isolation booth, Rediroom. The training facility provides the perfect environment to host demonstrations and allow NHS staff the chance to assemble or program the technologies, troubleshooting any concerns or queries on-site with the trainers.