Request a place Operational / On Scene Command

Course Details

  • Course duration: 4 days
  • Course category: Command, Resilience
  • Start/finish time: Start time: 08:15hrs
    Finish time for final day: 17:30hrs (approximately)

The operational response to a CBRN, terrorism event or Major Incident is recognised as being extremely complex and challenging; and is likely to require a mutual aid response in order to assist the Trust managing the incident.

This course provides a common standard of training and education aligned to the Ambulance Commanders National Occupational Standards (NOS) as well as the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) Joint Doctrine: The Interoperability Framework and National Ambulance Service Command and Control Guidance document (2015)

This course is now competency based (Pass or Fail) and delegates will be formally assessed throughout the duration of the four days.

It is essential the Pre-course assignment (please see pre-course material tab) is emailed to the course lead, this can be no later than 72hrs prior to the course start.  Throughout the course there will be daily knowledge checks to monitor your progress.

Course overview

Course Aim

The course will be formally assessed by Exam on day four which is pass or fail.  The content is aligned to National Occupational Standards (NOS) designed by Skills for Justice, which have been approved by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE). The NOS elements covered in this course are as follows:-

UNIT

UNIT DESCRIPTION

APPLICABILITY

CCAA1

Work in co-operation with other organisations

Mandatory

CCAA2

Share information with other organisations

Mandatory

CCAA3

Manage information to support civil protection decision making

Mandatory

CCAB1

Anticipate and assess the risk of emergencies

Mandatory

CCAE3

Conduct debriefing after an emergency, exercise or other activity

Mandatory

CCAF2

Warn, inform and advise community in the event of emergencies

Optional

CCAG3

Respond to emergencies at the operational level

Mandatory

D11

Lead meetings

Mandatory

E10

Take effective decisions

Mandatory

CCAG4

Address the needs of individuals during the initial response to emergencies

Optional

For many the course will act as an introduction to the National Ambulance Commander NOS.  On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive an electronic copy of the Operational Commander CPD, thus enabling them to start constructing their CPD immediately.

The course aims to equip delegates with the required knowledge, understanding and awareness of supporting agencies in order to perform the role of Operational Commander at an incident. The skills taught on this course can be utilized at any major incident.

Course Programme contents

  • Role and responsibility of NHS Ambulance services at Major incidents
  • National Ambulance Service Command and Control Guidance Document review
  • Decision Making
  • Threat and Radicalisation
  • Log writing
  • Legislation: How the adversarial and inquisitorial systems work, Procedures, order and roles in events, Correct recording, collation and presentation of supporting evidence
  • The capabilities of HART
  • Flood management
  • Clinical aspects of CBRN
  • Post incident Procedures
  • Ambulance Command CPD

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course delegates will:

  • Have a background understanding to CBRNe.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Initial Operational Response (IOR)
  • Have an understanding of ambulance response capabilities.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of command and control arrangements as per reference guidance.
  • Have an understanding of partner agencies roles and responsibilities.
  • Be able to demonstrate competency in decision making in response to major incident.
  • Be aware of the importance of robust record keeping.
  • Have experienced a mock court scenario aimed at preparing them for giving evidence at a public inquiry.

Intended Audience

This course is open to anyone who is an Operational (Bronze) Commander in their current role, or those looking for development into this role.

 

Eligibility Criteria

This course is targeted at Ambulance staff that, as part of their daily duties, may be required to perform the role of Operational Commander at scene of a major or other incident or those looking to develop into this role

From time to time we receive delegate cancellations we, therefore, collate a reserve list.  Please contact the education centre via email educationcentre@naru.org.uk to be placed on this list. 

Methods of Delivery

Blend of presentations, immersive exercises, group discussions and sessions with External Subject Matter Experts.

Dress Code

The dress code for the course is normal Trust uniform.  This must consist of a collared shirt or polo shirt as per the Mess rules below.

Please be advised that the dress for all guests in the mess is respectable and non-revealing and the following items are not to be worn in the public rooms (Dining Room/Bar/TV Rooms) of the mess at any time:

  • T-shirts without collar
  • Sweatshirts/shirts without collar
  • Rugby/football tops
  • Ripped, torn or faded denim jeans
  • Skirts/dresses shorter than mid-thigh
  • Shorts, shell/track suits and clothing worn for sports and physical training
  • Trainers, flip-flops, sandals or slippers
  • Bomber/ski jackets, hoodies and body warmers including fleece jackets (cloakrooms are provided for outdoor coats)

Course Location

NARU Education Centre
Defence CBRN Centre
Thorneydown Road
Winterbourne Gunner
Salisbury
Wiltshire SP4 0ES

View map and directions here.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided as part of the course at Winterbourne Gunner. You can check in from 1200hrs on the day before. No food is available until breakfast on day one of your course.

Please note some rooms do not have on-suite facilities. Winterbourne Gunner is a military site, we have no control over the accommodation.  Rooms are allocated on the day of arrival.

Please bring your own towel and toiletries.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided during the course, starting with breakfast on day one and finishing with lunch on the final day.

There is a café, cash bar, gym and cashpoint on site. Wi-Fi is available in the accommodation block, however, there is a charge, please speak with the Mess Manager for details.

Pre-read Downloads

The pre-course assignment must be completed and returned to Jackie.king@wmas.nhs.uk at least 72 hours prior to attending the course. This is a mandatory requirement.  If you need any advice or assistance, please contact Jackie.

Any delegate found submitting another person work as their own will be referred to their Line Manager and NARU Head of Education. This could result in disciplinary.

Please complete the JESIP E-Learning module which is a mandatory pre course requirement. Bring a copy of your certificate as proof of completion on the first day of the course.

You must also ensure that you are familiar with the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) Joint Doctrine: Interoperability Framework document.

JESIP Joint Doctrine – The Interoperability Framework [edition 2 – July 2016]

There will be assessments on each day of this course so your understanding of the above document is essential.

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