To ensure staff feel confident in the use of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic, a DOT training package is now available for all staff, which consists of e-learning and face-to-face sessions (with appropriate social distancing).

On the DOT e-learning package, staff will watch two videos detailing the PPE required for scenario 0 and 1.These scenarios cover all clinical areas, with the exception of critical care, and include the approach to PPE for all patients. This includes those without COVID-19 and those who are known or suspected to have the virus. There is also information on understanding the risks of aerosol generating procedures (AGPs), as well as a link to the updated guidance on basic life support and resuscitation, relevant to all staff in the Trust. You will then be tested with 10 multiple choice questions to consolidate your learning.

The second DOT package relates to practical training and is complimentary to the e-learning package. The practical sessions are being held in the William Harvey Lecture Theatre and the Alice Fisher Lecture Theatre (with appropriate social distancing) for the next three weeks and can be booked via the DOT portal. While the content is much the same as the e-learning package, this practical session includes a personal demonstration of PPE donning and doffing procedures, as well as a question and answer session.

Many staff members, and in particular non-clinical staff who have had limited experience of using PPE, may find it helpful to attend one of these sessions.