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LIVEX – Volunteers wanted

The Trust is currently looking for volunteers who would be willing to act as casualties for each exercise from the Trust Governors. Volunteers would be needed for both days (i.e. the 2 and 3 July or the 5 and 6 July) and would need to be prepared to have special effects make up applied to them, to mimic the look of some of the types of injuries that have been seen in recent terrorist incidents (e.g. stab and shrapnel wounds). Volunteers would need to work with Trust clinicians, the Army and Yorkshire Ambulance Service on the day to help create a realistic training environment for our staff.

This is a fantastic, one off opportunity to support and contribute to the training and development of our front line clinical staff who might need to respond if the worst were to happen. Reasonable expenses will be paid and lunch will be provided on both days.

As we are all too aware, the threat of a significant mass casualty incident occurring in the UK, possibly arising from terrorist activities continues to be severe. In North Yorkshire we are determined to ensure that we are doing everything we can to be prepared for such an incident. Training and exercising our key frontline NHS staff, so that they have experience of working in this uniquely challenging situation, and are familiar with how to put into practice the Trust Incident Response Plan is an important part of being prepared.

In the week of 2nd July 2018 the Trust is running a Simulation Mass Casualty Live Exercise (LIVEX) with the support of the 2 Medical Brigade of the Army, at the Army Medical Services Training Centre (AMSTC) in Strensall, outside York. The exercise will involve recreating the Emergency Department of either York or Scarborough on the floor space of the AMSTC using partitions and fake walls, and then adding equipment, phones, IT and consumables to the space to make it as real as possible. For the duration of the exercise the recreated department will be staffed will a full complement of York Trust Emergency Department staff for the duration of the exercise.

The plan is to run two exercises during the course of the week of the 2 July 2018 - one for York Hospital staff and then one for Scarborough Hospital Staff. Each exercise will be two days long and encompass one day for training all exercise participants (including casualty volunteers) and then the following day for actually doing the exercise.  The York Hospital exercise will be on the 2 and 3 July and the Scarborough Hospital exercise will be on the 5 and 6 July.

If you wish to take part, please email Rebekah Walkington at Rebekah.Walkington@york.nhs.uk by Friday 11 May. Please state which set of days you can do or if you are really keen whether you can do both.  Please be aware that we will also need to register you using your email address if you volunteer to take part.

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