On EU member state flagged vessels the master and any worker delegated the use of medical supplies must receive special training updated at least every five years taking into account the specific risks and needs connected with the different categories of vessel. For UK flagged vessels the MCA has interpreted this to be that the master or any person designated to take charge of medical care, must hold a recognised Proficiency in Medical Care or Updated Proficiency in Medical Care certificate issued within the last five years.
Experience has shown that very few delegates are able to confidently undertake the update course, which is an intensive refresher, unless they have had extensive “hands-on” medical and first aid experience at sea. Many do not have this experience particularly where they work on vessels that have medical professionals on board.
Skill and knowledge fade from original training is rapid and three intensive training days does not adequately prepare the delegate to fulfil with confidence their medical role on board. Failing the update course was not uncommon.
Warsash Maritime Academy has always recommended that delegates complete the full five day Proficiency In Medical Care course to fulfil mandatory updating requirements.
For the current academic year, Warsash Maritime Academy will not be offering the three day Updated Proficiency in Medical Care course.