Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in the BVI is undergoing development to reflect rapid changes in healthcare delivery with the goal of providing advanced medical care at the scene and during transport to definitive care.
Emergency Disaster Management Coordinator and Paramedic, Mr. Rodney Braithwaite said that the strategic partnership between the BVIHSA and the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College will provide prehospital care training in the Territory.
Thirteen students are currently enrolled in the 11-month blended EMT training programme designed by Mr. Rodney Brathwaite and EMS Medical Director, Dr. Domnick Frazer. The course is comprised of lectures, research and online discussion forums. In addition to online sessions, students also take part in simulation lab sessions as well as clinical rotations in the hospital and on the ambulance.
“Medical Spanish and math as well as technical English have also been added to the curriculum. The Spanish component, in particular, was added in order to give prehospital care providers the ability to communicate more efficiently with the BVI’s Spanish community,” Mr. Brathwaite stated.
Mr. Braithwaite further stated that, “As we enter a new decade, we eagerly look towards the future of prehospital care. This future will include dramatic improvements in patient care thanks to advances in research, information sharing and life changing technology.”
The catastrophic events of 2017 highlighted the need for building community-based disaster resilience. The BVIHSA is committed to partnering with key stakeholders to assist with this process by training personnel within communities with the necessary skills to provide prehospital care during disasters.
The BVI Health Services Authority is committed to delivering excellent, compassionate, client-centered healthcare across the Territory.