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Retrieval Passport - The Future in Retrieval Medicine Education


Laura Hand / Paul Holmes / Ann-Maree Brady / Neeta Rampersad
Childrens Health Queensland, Brisbane, Australia



Laura Hand is a Retrieval Fellow at Childrens Health Queensland Retrieval Services, originally from the UK, with a background in anaesthetics and paediatric intensive care. Her main interest is teaching and improving education.



The retrieval passport is an educational tool and logbook currently being trialled with medical staff at Childrens Health Queensland Retrieval Service (CHQRS).


The passport is a booklet which contains retrieval and transport competencies, which are self-assessed at the start of the term with CHQRS, then used as learning objectives for the duration of the term and re-assessed with the trainees educational supervisor.


The passport provides a framework for learning and standardises the educational component of retrieval medicine. This will improve the training experience, with more supported and defined educational goals.

The passport also contains a logbook, for all cases to be recorded, to provide a personal reference to experience gained.

The passport promotes regular supervisor contact, with initial, mid and final meetings to assess progress of competencies, improving safety through supervision.


The decision to produce the passport was based on a survey sent to all medical staff working within retrieval at Childrens Health Queensland, which found a competency based document would be beneficial to the majority of trainees (94.29% of those surveyed). The majority (91.43%) had not used a similar type of document before, so this is a new and exciting venture.


The passport is currently in its three month trial phase, due to be completed June 2018, the medical staff will then be re-surveyed to assess the impact of the document. The results of which will be available by August 2018.


The aims for the future are firstly to make this document available to all staff within retrieval, medical and nursing. Secondly to produce the document as an electronic version i.e. a phone ‘app’ and in the future to have this passport as a nationally recognised document, which can be used as evidence for experience with other retrieval services throughout the country.



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