The Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First Aid) Regulations 1989 placed a duty on those in control of offshore installations, pipeline works, or any associated activities to make provision for persons to administer first aid and emergency treatment to those who become ill or injured at work. This is a UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved offshore medic training course which encompasses all aspects of the legal requirements, alongside the latest clinical thinking.
The aim of the Offshore Medic Course is to prepare someone who already has high degree of medical knowledge and understanding to work in the offshore environment and is a two week course + clinical placement of 60 hours.
All course instructors are members of the Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.
- The course balances theoretical aspects with practical scenarios in a simulated offshore and maritime emergency environment
- Use of a purpose built ship’s medical room and hyperbaric chamber environment is also available
- ‘Live casualty’ actors increase the sense of realism
- Clinical attachments
Core Modules: Offshore Medic
- Offshore First Aid which is taught at an advanced level
- All students will be expected to deliver 30-45 min lesson assessed and marked by IQA assessor.
- Diving injuries including DCI and Hyperbarics
- One day confined space awareness
- One day working at height
- IV cannulation & IO access
- Wound care & suturing
- Penthrox administration & other drugs
- One day with DDRC Diving Doctor covering: Neuro examination; chest examination including needle compression, Thoraquik & chest drain insertion
- Abdominal examination and acute medical/surgical emergencies offshore
- Pre-Hospital Thromolysis
- General discussion (minor ailments) including eyes, ears & skin conditions
- Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety (online course)
- Oral examination (30mins) minor ailments inc. asthma, epilepsy, diabetes & dermatological conditions
- ED placement (either arranged by DDRC or by student)*
The HSE Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 (OFAR) state that students must complete 60 hours of placements in an Emergency Department (or similar) in order to achieve the HSE Offshore Medic qualification. These placements can be organised by DDRC for a limited number of people per course and for a small charge. Alternatively, students can organise their own placement. Written confirmation of the offer for a placement is required, along with written and signed evidence of the placement hours completed. Please contact training @ddrc.org to discuss or if you would like more information.
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An HSE Offshore Medic Certificate will be awarded to students completing the course, along with an HSE Offshore First Aid Certificate.
The certificates are valid for 3 years, after which time a Refresher course will be required.
- HSE Offshore Medic certificate
- HSE Offshore First Aid certificate
- DDRC Certificate of Attendance: Oral examination on Offshore Medicine by Physician
- DDRC Certificate of Attendance: Thrombolysis
- DDRC Certificate of Attendance: Diving Injuries
Applicants wishing to attend the Offshore Medic Course must meet the criteria set out in the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First Aid) Regulations 1989, (SI 1989 No. 1671). They state that the student is either:
- Registered Nurse - Adult, who appear on the NMC register, and have a suitable portfolio with at least 3 years post registration experience.
- RMN’s with other nursing qualifications, (RGN), who appear on the NMC register and have a suitable portfolio with at least 3 years post registration in general nursing.
- Naval Medical Assistants, who have attained the rate of Leading Medical Assistant and have a suitable portfolio with at least 5 years service.
- Army Medical Assistants (CMT1, RMA1), who have attained the rank of Corporal and have a suitable portfolio with at least 5 years service.
- RAF Medical Assistants, who have attained the rank of Corporal and have a suitable portfolio with at least 5 years service.
- Paramedic, with 3 years post registration experience
If you are unsure if you are eligible to attend, please contact [email protected] and provide a copy of your CV to be reviewed.
Please note that you will be required to provide evidence that you meet the above pre-requisites. Additionally, in order to be able to attend the ED placement, students must have a Basic DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) Check (formally known as the CRB). If you do not already have a current DBS Certificate, you can obtain one by going to https://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record and completing the online application.