CIRLC had an ambition to deliver training in the foundations of critical care, that could be quality assured, iteratively improved, standardised across the UK, scaled quickly, socially distanced and while optimising the skills of our forgotten workforce- the shielding staff.
CIRLC, which stands for COVID-19 ICU Remote Learning Course, is an online learning course devised in just one week. Through the partnership of 33n, Brunel University London, Health Education England and countless trusts across the UK, we prepared over 2,500 NHS staff for redeployment to intensive care units in close to 200 organisations. Over 100 critical care specialists, many of whom were shielding due to COVID-19, were able to give their time and expertise as tutors.
CIRLC adopted an iterative cycle of improvement that was used to update course content weekly, based on the feedback gained from participants and changing health guidance.
The one-day course removed the local training burden, freed up ICU staff to care for critically ill patients and gave healthcare workers across the country greater confidence and skill to provide care where it was most needed.