Arduous Event Medical Care course 2018
5-6th April 2018
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
If you have got to the point of reading this then you are most like similarly minded to us and interested in joining two passions… medicine and the great outdoors! Here’s the deal breaker, can you cope with getting really muddy, possibly wet and probably cold whilst having your medical skills challenged?
The skills required to look after a casualty in the cold, treat emergent conditions and extract in a safe and timely manner whilst mitigating for the next potential situation are not easily taken from a book but much better learnt through practice and tuition. The Wolf Run Medical Team (WRMT) have combined forces with Exile Medics who have a wealth of experience in the international race arena covering arduous long distance hostile environments. The two teams combined bring experience in planning, implementing and controlling medical cover at arduous events.
This course is going to be taught in the environment where the skills will be implemented which we are sure you can guess is the great outdoors. We have the unique benefit of being able to use the Wolf Run obstacle course race setup. This will provide a great training environment with technical, logistical and medical challenges to work through.
The course will be a culmination of experience and opinions and we will be teaching one way of planning, delivering and executing medical care at an outdoor arduous event. Because we cannot teach you the whole of ALS, ATLS/ETC and PHTLS within 2 days, we will assume that most candidates will arrive with a level of previous knowledge. The minimum has to be ILS but ideally ALS and a recognised trauma course (ATLS/ETS/PHTLS). The essential criterion is you come along keen to learn and with a spring in your step.
Who is eligible for the course?
We would like to invite doctors, paramedics, emergency nurse practitioners and nurses with experience in acute specialities to apply. We do have spaces for medical students but these are limited (please email to check availability). If your role sits outside the above then please email before booking.
Who will be teaching you?
The faculty will include WRMT and Exile Medics senior clinicians, EM consultants, PHEC consultants and SPRs, T&O SPRs, Anaesthetic SPRs and with a smattering of military doctors throughout.
Where will it be?
The course is to be held at Welsh Road Farm near Leamington Spa (CV33 9BG). This is on a private land and we are to be guests there for the two days. Due to the concurrent build of the Wolf Run for an event that weekend there will be other activity on site with heavy machinery around. There will be a compulsory safety brief at the beginning of the course.
How much will it cost?
We have endeavoured to keep the cost of the first public iteration of the course to a minimum in order to ensure the course is filled and allow us to find the balance of capacity etc. The course is therefore being priced at £99 per candidate we think this is great value for money for a two day course.
If for any reason you are subsequently unable to attend then please make contact asap. We understand that there are circumstances where plans have to change but please don’t let this be failing to apply for annual/study leave! Get your requests in early - we’ve advertised the course 11 weeks in advance, that leaves you 5 weeks to sort your leave.
If you cancel prior to 6 weeks before the course we’ll give you the full amount back less the payment fee which we have no control over.
If you cancel between 1 and 6 weeks prior to the course and the course is full with people on a waiting list then we will refund you less the payment fee. If the course is not full then we will refund you 50% of your fee.
If you cancel within 1 week prior to the course starting then we’ll have likely spent the money making the course great and we’ll not be able to refund you. In these circumstances if you can replace yourself with another candidate on the course we’ll be happy to facilitate that exchange.
Where can I stay?
There is both a Travelodge and a Premier Inn in Leamington Spa, and we are going to leave your accommodation and breakfast up to you to sort. Unfortunately there is no provision onsite for camping because of the use of heavy machinery.
Will food be provided?
Breakfast is not provided, lunch and teas and coffees will be provided so if you have any dietary requirements we need to know about for the lunch then please let us know. For dinner on the Thursday night we are going to book a local pub. We will not be including the price of this evening meal within the cost but will looking to ensure that the prices will be within everyones grasp.
Please bring along a knife/fork/spoon and a camping plate. Also a thermos / thermal cup with a lid. This will minimise our environmental footprint. We will have an urn on the go continuously and copious tea and coffee supplies.
How should I get there?
Try to combine travel to minimise the environmental impact. There will be parking on-site and if the mud proves a challenge then we can pull you out.
What should I bring with me?
You will need to come prepared with the following:
2. Gloves - waterproof ideally
3. Waterproof jacket
4. Waterproof trousers
5. Wellies or walking boots and spare socks
6. Warm tops and trousers to go under waterproof layer
7. A head torch - not crucial but may help on the Friday later in the day
8. Suncream - optimism!
9. A small rucksack - to carry all of the above when the sun comes out!
10. A stethoscope
What the course will cover
The contents of the course are listed below. These are subject to change dependent on weather and unforeseeable circumstances. Day one will be packed with workshops allowing you to learn and practice skills. Day two will be full of scenario moulages with ‘out on the ground’ learning in as realistic conditions as possible.
- Non-anaesthetist pre-hospital airway management
- Spinal immobilisation and extractions
- First aid - doing it well
- Communications - learning to use a radio and set up a net
- Wound and limb fracture management
- Medical conditions at UK events, packing your bag appropriately
- Command and control
- Life support - first responder and team response
- Trauma life support - first responder and team response
We will escalate challenges within the scenarios according to your role and experience.
Experience the Wolf Run!
If you are interested in extending the course and seeing how the Wolf Run operates you are welcome to become a marshal for one or both of the days, its paid at a charitable level but by all accounts is a great fun day. You could even sign up and run the course on the other day that weekend?
If you are keen to marshal then you can apply at https://thewolfrun.com/marshalling/ and let us know if you are doing so whilst around on the Thursday or Friday. This is a commitment and if you decide last minute not to marshal this can leave the team short so please commit fully at the time of application. Entering as a runner for that event that weekend would be booked at https://thewolfrun.com/springwolf/
We will be looking out throughout the Thursday and Friday for potential future Wolf Run Medics so in your application let us know if you would like to be considered. A further information email will be sent out to candidates closer to the time with specific details for the two days. For planning purposes please anticipate the day to last from 0800 to 1800 both days.
All enquiries to please be directed to email@example.com
Exile Medics, Tim and the Wolf Run Team