An advanced Training of Trainers course in Emergency Obstetric Care has been held at the National Maternal and Child Health Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as part of the Muskoka project. This project aims to improve the quality of emergency obstetric and newborn care. Through the project, 3 skills laboratories (labs) have been established at the Provincial Referral Hospitals of Kampot, Kampong Thom, and Kampong Speu to support staff in improving clinical skills.
Forty healthcare professionals, including midwives, nurses and doctors, participated in the 3-day training, which focused on two aspects: teaching skills and the management of the skills labs. The first part of the training concentrated on improving participants’ confidence in using different teaching styles such as role play, appreciating different types of learning styles, providing constructive feedback and how to care for the equipment. The second part of the training aimed at improving the management of the skills labs through developing and sharing schedules, deciding how to contact users, discussions on how to increase the usage of the skills labs and expanding the use of the skills labs beyond emergency obstetric and newborn care to include all healthcare providers.
The need for this training was highlighted in the project’s mid-term review, when maternity staff voiced concerns on the sustainability and leadership of the skills labs once the project ends in March 2019.
Feedback from some of the participants includes:
“Now I feel much more confident. I can now use role play to teach the management of a post-partum haemorrhage and eclampsia. We have a strong team at our skills labs and want to make it successful, so more staff visit the skills labs.”
“I’ve really enjoyed having the time to work with my colleagues to make a timetable and learn from provinces how they share information. I am going to set up a group messaging service, so I can invite everyone to the skills drills practice.”
Terry Kana, Senior Research Associate at CMNH:
“This 3-day training has been very positive. Each skills lab now has a 3-month schedule of teaching and plans how to encourage more users to join the skills drills sessions. It is clear that everyone is invested in continuing the success of the skills labs and expand the activities for all healthcare professionals working within their province.”