NICST Acute Care Skills Training

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NICST (Network for Improving Critical Care Systems and Training) is a charity run by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals. There is a growing need for acute care skills training in developing countries, where currently front line staff have little opportunity to learn essential practical skills in the recognition and management (including resuscitation) for their sickest patients. In developing countries victims of heart attacks, infections, routine surgery or road traffic accident have much higher risk of death than in countries such as the US or UK.

NICST, (UK Registered charity #1171106)
currently based in Sri Lanka, employees solely national staff and works with local doctors and nurses to help them teach frontline teams and community support staff the practical skills to help recognise and respond to emergencies including cardiac arrest. Since 2013 they have trained over 4500 nationals island wide reaching 40,000 patients. Alongside clinical training, we use clinical, data analytics and research skills to develop a usable, free, mobile application to help clinicians detect and monitor their sickest patients. All international staff work on a voluntary basis to help strengthen and develop existing expertise locally both through training, research and educational/academic opportunities.

All donations go directly to the training projects, with no UK administrative costs (we all give our time and expertise for free).  Funds are used to travel to remote parts of the country, to train local faculty and to source training equipment including simulation kit- essential for helping teams provide safer emergency care. 

So far this year with your help, we have trained 270 junior doctors as they prepare for clinical practice and 650  doctors and nurses have registered for acute and critical care training with us. 
All of our training, projects and research publications are open source and available on our website. 
Please go to to contact the team, get involved and find out more about the projects that are directly impacting on patient care in developing countries. 
We look forwards to hearing from you. 

On behalf of the NICST trustees. 

NICST healthcare staff training community support officers in the remote Northern Provinces of Sri Lanka.

Experienced national nursing volunteers training local staff life saving first aid skills.
Junior doctors working with front line staff in emergency care.
Unique opportunity for nurses to learn about trauma care.

Pioneering acute care in developing countries, the first ever 'rapid response' nurses visit sick patients on the ward.

Some of the fantastic national faculty that help train nurses and Doctors.

Registered charity #1171106


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