Four day workshop on Acute Life-threatening Emergency Recognition and Treatment (ALERT) and Medical Education (Report)

As part of the collaboration between Anglia Ruskin University and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, a four day workshop was conducted from 16.03.2015 to 19.03.2015 at the Conference hall and Skills laboratory of the Faculty of Medicine, Jaffna.

The programme of the workshop was as follows:-


Day 1 – Doctors as Educators

Day one of the workshop was focused on Medical Education. This included educational theories and styles, effective feedback and workplace based assessments. It also included group work on the practical use of Workplace based assessments and giving feedback.


Day 2 – ALERT Course

The ALERT course was delivered to the core group of delegates to be trained as trainers.


Day 3 – ALERT Train the Trainers

Day three included talks, discussions and practical sessions regarding delivery of effective lecture, scenario demonstration, educational feedback, scenario facilitation practice and a plenary session for planning and preparation for Day Four.


Day 4 – ALERT Course (delivered by local Faculty)

On day four the newly trained trainers conducted the ALERT course to the new delegates under the supervision of the faculty from Anglia Ruskin University.


The following three resource persons came from Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr Nick Wilson, Consultant Anaesthetist, Broomfield Hospital, Honorary Senior Clinical Fellow Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Emily Simpson, Associate Director Anglia Ruskin University Postgraduate Medical Institute Simulation Suite, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensive Care, Southend University Hospital

Gill Donohue, Technical Director Anglia Ruskin University Postgraduate Medical Institute Simulation Suite, Lecturer Practitioner in Critical Care, Southend University Hospital


Twelve core participants were selected consisting of multiple professionals (Faculty teachers, Consultants, Doctors, Nurses) from the Faculty and the extended faculty for days one to four.

Eight additional Faculty teachers were selected for day one.

Twelve new participants were selected from the Teaching Hospital to be trained in the ALERT course by the newly trained local faculty under the supervision of the UK faculty.


Financial support

MIOT supported the course by funding the travel of the Anglia Ruskin University resource personnel from the UK and one night hotel stay in Colombo.  We are very grateful for this contribution.

The other expenses were met by the University of Jaffna.



The feedback was very positive from the foreign faculty and the participants.

The local faculty very much appreciated the chance to learn and practice scenario based teaching, learning and work place based assessments. They felt that they could gradually employ these in teaching their subjects in the future.

The delegates on day four who were registrars and doctors working in the wards appreciated the usefulness of the ALERT course in saving patients’ lives and the value of following a systematic approach when assessing and treating an acutely ill patient. They also stated that they had never before experienced scenario based learning. They felt, practicing the learnt theory in scenarios was a better learning experience than learning from the book alone.

The faculty from Anglia Ruskin University monitored the whole sessions on day four and gave the local newly trained trainers their detailed feedback on each aspect of the training. Overall, they have mentioned the following.

“Faculty members were well prepared and appeared to be comfortable with their topics and roles. They were well received by the delegates as participation increased through the course of the day. Well done, we are proud of you.”


This workshop has opened up a new recognition in the faculty by creating awareness among the teachers in giving effective feedback.  It also has encouraged us to design our own course in the future which will raise our faculty to international standards.