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NZATS events announcement

Kia ora!

Now that we are in level 2 lockdown, NZATS are pleased to announce that planned events for later in the year will proceed as planned, subject to government restrictions lifting as time progresses.

Please remember to renew your membership, allowing you access to these events free of charge.

Events that are in planning:

  • NZATS Mid Year Training and Development Meeting – Saturday 27 June (this will be a zoom session)
  • NZATS Emergency Airway Skills Workshop (North Island) – Saturday 15 August
  • NZATS Emergency Airway Skills Workshop (South Island) – August
  • NZATS Registration Examination (Burwood Hospital) – Saturday 5 December
  • NZATS Conference (Bay of Islands) – November 12 to 14

 

AUT announcement regarding academic plan

This announcement was made available on AUT Blackboard on Friday 17 April.

 

Revised semester plan

Revised plan for academic assessment- Anaesthetic Technology

17th April 2020

I trust you are all well and are balancing the complexities that COVID-19 has brought with the resumption of something close to normal life. As we enter our final week of the mid-semester break, I would like to outline the following in relation to the Anaesthetic Technology programme.

Generic update

  • The semester will resume on Monday 27thApril.
  • The semester will end on Monday 15thJune.
  • Semester two will commence on 20thJuly.
  • The implementation of a ‘block teaching and learning’ initiative which was announced by AUT previously, has been rescinded.
  • Academic assessment components have been revised due to the implications which COVID-19 and the subsequent Alert Level statuses have had on universities nationwide. What this means for each individual paper is outlined below. Of note, subsequent planning is in-line with an AUT directive that there are to only be two academic assessments per paper, of which, none may be formal written exams.
    • There will be no mid-semester test for the three Anaesthesia theory papers.
    • There will be no end-of-semester exam for the three Anaesthesia theory papers.
    • For specific details for each paper, please see below.
  • Reminder for students to engage with the worksheets and online content, as content covered within these Anaesthesia theory papers will be applicable to knowledge as a competent practitioner, Anaesthetic Technology exams and registration exams.

In-hospital formal teaching

  • AUT guidelines recommend that students are to be allocated 3-4 hours of formal study time per week per Anaesthesia theory paper.
  • Self-directed study time is appropriate where formal teaching may not occur due to the prevailing Alert Level status. This will need to be managed in-house on a case-by-case basis as each location will be able to facilitate teaching differently.
  • Consider video technology where applicable.
  • Students have a large amount of content within the Anaesthesia papers in comparison to previous years, which will serve as guidance for self-directed study in the absence of formal in-house education.

Anaesthetic Technology logbooks

  • Each hospital is responsible for the action taken on whether students are to attend their place of work or not.
  • Minimising clinical hours during this time will have implications for those enrolled within Anaesthetic Technology 1 and 2 and the completion of student logbooks.
  • Where students are instructed to stay at home, replacing clinical experience is not possible. There is now an ‘Education’ tab within each Anaesthetic Technology paper on Blackboard. This material is being created to supplement learning, especially for those students who cannot attend the clinical environment.
  • If a student is restricted from clinical work whilst enrolled in Anaesthetic Technology 1, there may be a delay in progressing to level 2 supervision and subsequent enrolment in 2021. This will be monitored from an AUT perspective, and each hospital should provision for a delayed academic year whilst providing additional support measures where possible, once clinical work resumes.
  • If a student is restricted from clinical work whilst enrolled in Anaesthetic Technology 2, there may be a delay in attaining competencies to graduate within the usual timeframe. This will be monitored from an AUT perspective, and each hospital should provision for a delayed academic year whilst providing additional support measures where possible, once clinical work resumes.

Block courses

  • Block courses for Anaesthetic Technology 1 & 2 are tentatively being held in September (dates TBC).
  • Anaesthetic Technology 2’s block course has provided certification for NZRC CORE Immediate to students undertaking the NZATS registration exam and their subsequent registration with the MSC. Hospitals should provision for alternative measures to provide students with CORE Immediate certification if the Anaesthetic Technology 2 block course is cancelled in September.
  • A decision regarding both block courses will be made closer to the time.

New academic assessment components for each paper

  • Anaesthesia I
    • Assignment 1 will be due Monday 18th May at 4pm.
    • Assignment 2 is cancelled permanently.
    • Mid-semester test is cancelled permanently.
    • End-of-semester exam is cancelled permanently.
    • Online weekly MCQ’s will now be compulsory.
  • These will become available at 12pm on the Monday of the relevant week and close the following Monday at 12pm.
  • Students must complete all online weekly MCQ’s.
    • Online weekly MCQ’s and Assignment 1 will make-up 100% of the overall grade. Weighting of each will be announced.
    • A video for students outlining these requirements will be made available on Blackboard.

 

  • Anaesthesia 2
    • Assignment 1 will be due Monday 18th May at 4pm.
    • Assignment 2 is cancelled permanently.
    • Mid-semester test is cancelled permanently.
    • End-of-semester exam is cancelled permanently.
    • Online weekly MCQ’s will now be compulsory.
  • These will become available at 12pm on the Monday of the relevant week and close the following Monday at 12pm.
  • Students must complete all online weekly MCQ’s
    • Online weekly MCQ’s and Assignment 1 will make-up 100% of the overall grade. Weighting of each will be announced.
    • A video for students outlining these requirements will be made available on Blackboard.

 

  • Anaesthesia 3
    • Assignment 1 will be due Monday 18th May at 4pm.
    • Assignment 2 is cancelled permanently.
    • Mid-semester test is cancelled permanently.
    • End-of-semester exam is cancelled permanently.
    • Online weekly MCQ’s will now be compulsory.
  • These will become available at 12pm on the Monday of the relevant week and close the following Monday at 12pm.
  • Students must complete all online weekly MCQ’s
    • Online weekly MCQ’s and Assignment 1 will make-up 100% of the overall grade. Weighting of each will be announced.
    • A video for students outlining these requirements will be made available on Blackboard.

 

  • Anaesthetic Technology 1

 

  • Anaesthetic Technology 2
  • 25thMay
  • 3rdAugust
  • 5thOctober

Throughout everything which has been outlined above, students’ interest and welfare during this time is of paramount importance. It is essential that educators or students highlight any issues which they are having immediately so that they can be resolved with minimal distress. Please also remember that the situation which universities are responding to globally is far from perfect. This revised academic plan is both in-line with AUT directives, national guidance, and has been designed to minimally disrupt student’s education and the workload placed on those within the clinical environment under what is a stressful and complex time for many.

If you have any concerns at all, please feel free to contact myself () or David () so that we may provide further clarification.

Thanks,

Mike Smith

Anaesthetic Technology Co-ordinator AUT

MSC CPD advice re COVID-19

This information is directly from the Medical Sciences Council website.

CPD Advice

3 April 2020:

 

The Council has received a number of queries from practitioners who are concerned about meeting their CPD requirements during this time of health services being focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

The Council expects that practitioners will have already completed their CPD activities for the 2019-2020 year and so those called for an audit should have their CPD information to-hand.  However we will be extending the timing of the 2020 audit:

The audit for MLTs, MLPATs and ATs that was scheduled for April will be deferred until later in 2020.  The date will be decided once we have more clarity about the national lockdown and its likely time span.

CPD requirements for 2020-2021 will be considered separately once we have a better understanding of the effect of the pandemic on practitioners.  We expect this may take some months.

December Registration Examination

In light of the current pandemic at this stage we have not set a date for the December registration examination.

We will be making a decision at the August Executive meeting.

MSC Accredited Training Hospitals

In December 2019,  accreditation of Bay of Plenty DHB and Hawkes Bay DHB was in progress.

MSC have announced that accreditation has been granted for both Bay of Plenty DHB and Hawkes Bay DHB.  However, please note that Bay of Plenty DHB proceeded with the accreditation of Tauranga Hospital only (not Tauranga Hospital and Whakatane Hospital).

MSC accredited Training Hospitals April 2020

Notice from Pharmac regarding propofol use

2020-04-22 Memo to interested parties regarding propofol supply

Further diploma intake in 2021

Announcement from the Medical Sciences Council Tuesday 14 April:

In light of the disruptive impact of COVID-19 for education providers, Peter Larmer from AUT has advised that there will be a further intake into the AT diploma programme for anaesthetic technicians in 2021.

NZATS presentation on COVID-19

Please find the presentation distributed to members for download here.

 

NZATS presentation on COVID-19

Employment opportunity: Head of Department/Programme Leader – Anaesthetic Technology

If you wish to be involved in the the development of the Anaesthetic Technician academic program please check out the job advertisement here.

 

Head of Department/Programme Leader – Anaesthetic Technology

Part-time permanent position (0.5 FTE)

The School of Clinical Sciences at AUT University seeks a part-time permanent (0.5FTE) Head of Department/Programme Leader for the Department of Anaesthetic Technology which will be situated at the AUT South campus in Manukau.

The successful applicant in this role will assist in the development of a Department of Anaesthetic Technology and will be expected to make senior contributions to its academic programme development, emerging research capacity and linkages with relevant health agencies. Leadership of the new department is an important component of this position. The appointee will be experienced in Anaesthetic Technology practice and have an understanding of academia. The department offers scope to further development of programmes and research projects.

In addition to teaching, the appointee will be encouraged to conduct research in their own area and to work with other researchers active within the School of Clinical Sciences and the wider university.

This role reports to the Head of School of Clinical Sciences and will be a key contributor to the development of the new degree programme in BHSc Anaesthetic Technology, ensuring delivery and implementation of the programme curriculum.

Applicants must submit their CV as well as a cover letter, addressing the following key selection criteria: –

  1. Formal qualifications as outlined in person specification
  2. Experience in teaching and research in Anaesthetic Technology
  3. Ability to analyse and evaluate information, to think critically and exercise sound judgement in problem solving
  4. Able to initiate and manage change and demonstrate leadership capabilities

This position presents an opportunity to join a friendly and innovative team at AUT’s South campus in Manukau.

Ref: 70820

Closing Date: April 7th 2020