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25th June 2020
Well, what a year we are having, I don't think anyone could have imagined that the world would be in such turmoil and so many lives lost and families affected. Our hearts go out to them all. Adding to this the economic disaster that the government is trying hard to control. Not a pair of shoes anyone would like to be in!!! Many businesses have found the struggle too hard and have very sadly had to close their doors.However, some businesses have been fortunate enough to adapt rapidly and we are very pleased to say that Optimum Biomedical is one of those. We have just had our first year anniversary and as we controlled everything very tightly from day one, we were in a healthy financial position that could carry us through for at least three months, but after that if we did nothing we would be consumed.
So Optimum Biomedical set to work and have been really busy setting up their virtual classroom training which includes "face to face" engagement, break out rooms, live training which we consider a crucial part in delivering via our learning platform. We've been testing it in Africa with great results and have now started to deliver training here in the UK. We are also busy now delivering our calibration, servicing and testing of medical equipment locally and further afield.
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2nd April 2020
Following a very successful training course in Senegal, we are pleased to be getting testimonials back from the delegates. We will add these as they come in. Please go to our new testimonials page to take a look at what our customers are saying.
1st April 2020Covid-19 Impact
Sadly as this virus takes a grip on the world we have had to cancel the additional course in advanced anaesthetic equipment training in Senegal. Mercy Ships have sadly had to leave Dakar and are now docked in Tenerife until further notice. Gladly though we managed to complete the main course and as you will have seen, the delegates achieved some great results. Hopefully we will be able to return to Dakar later this year to complete what we started there. We are now operating from home following Government advice. Keep a look out for new information as we are now busy developing our courses and adding new ones via our virtual classroom. So training will still be face to face just virtually. We will be doing live practical sessions and also creating some pre-recorded sessions for people to get a taste of what we do.
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31st January 2020
We are happy to announce that all of our delegates in Senegal have now completed the Biomedical Equipment Training Course.
We have had some excellent results with 2 Distinctions, 15 very high Merits (5 of which were just 1 point off of a Distinction!!!) and 1 Pass
So congratulations to all 18 Delegates, we are very proud of you.
They will all return to training in six weeks time for the advanced anaesthesia equipment training which lasts for another two weeks.
29th January 2020
So today is the day of the delegates final exam. They have worked extremely hard and we are very proud of their achievements so far. We would like to wish all of our delegates the very best for their exam and we hope to see some amazing results later today.
We had time yesterday to get some group photographs shown below:
24 January 2020
Week eight in the third block seemed to fly by.
The first two days was spent with the Train the Trainer element. We have extended this to two days now and the results have been excellent. We trained the delegates in techniques that will help them pass on their knowledge, how to hold meetings with colleagues and also with their management. We taught them how to write professional emails and letters to manufacturers and suppliers so that they may be able to start building their own business relationships in regard to obtaining information such as manuals etc. We also covered presentation techniques and during day one they worked in teams of six people, we gave them topics on known biomedical equipment scenarios and they presented to us at the end of the day. Whilst their efforts were very good, they did make a lot of errors, for which we offered our feedback. During day two we gave them new topics on problems within their hospitals, regions and country, in relation to biomedical equipment. At the end of day two they once again presented to us and the change was amazing, they were very professional, very interesting and very impressive.The next two days were spent fault finding on equipment in which we had previously installed faults. This really tested the delegates, but they all coped very well and all managed to find the faults and repair them over the two days. They followed the sequence of events we have taught them, and they agreed it really does work well. On Friday the delegates learnt more details about ultrasound machines, how to test them and work with phantoms. The images below show this weeks training:
17 January 2020
With the start of the new year and the start of the third block in Senegal on the Biomedical Training Equipment Course things have been picking up speed nicely, The first week back back has seen the delegates complete all of their mandatory practical assessments and all that is left practically for them in this block is the fault finding session which we are looking forward to next week. We have created many faults in all of the equipment used for training and it will be very interesting now to see the delegates using their new skills to find the faults and rectify them. They will be following their sequence of events which we have trained them to use. This is designed to keep them safe whilst working on potentially dangerous equipment, it also ensures clinician and patient safety too.
As we move into week 2 of block 3 we will be spending time teaching the delegates train the trainer techniques so that they will be able to pass on their knowledge to other work colleagues therefore multiplying the effect of this training. The images below show the delegates working during this week.
If biomedical equipment training is of interest to you or your organisation please do contact us using the 'contact us' page. A member of our team would be very happy to discuss any requirements you have.
30th November 2019
- One week into Block 2 of our Biomedical equipment training course in Senegal and we have seen our delegates complete and pass their electronic assessments. We witnessed some first class soldering techniques and a much improved system of working. The delegates are taking on board all our comments and absorbing the training and producing some great results. We have been working on the Fluke QA-ES III electro surgical tester and the Fluke VT900 Gas Analyser, while still carrying out practice sessions with Fluke safety analyser and patient simulator. The delegates have shown their skills in following service manuals and being able to remove components from a large range of medical equipment and install service kits that keep the equipment operating safely and correctly.
- The delegates now know how to verify equipment outputs, decontaminate equipment safely and how to carry out repairs. They have much work still to complete but are absorbing and recalling the information very well.
- Below are some images from the training this week.
15th November 2019
- So, we have reached the end of Block 1 of the Biomedical equipment training course in Senegal. The course has been very successful so far. The delegates have told us that they have learnt so much new information and skills and that they have really enjoyed it. They have been working hard this week on the practical elements starting with the Fluke safety analyser and the Fluke patient simulator. They are now able to work alone using these pieces of test equipment whilst carrying out other practical elements of the course. They have also completed stage 1 of the electronics practical with stage two taking place when we return to deliver block 2 in just one weeks time.
- Block 2 is another three week section that will see the delegates stripping down many types of equipment, fault finding, installing service kits and training on all the other Fluke test equipment that we have here for them. We also have to keep the theory elements in their minds as it is key to their understanding of the practical elements. We do this by providing Q&A sessions everyday and as each day progresses the questions become more in depth and harder to answer. This ensures that the delegates fully understand what they have been taught.
We are often asked if we can teach delegates without any practical element to keep the costs down!
- This type of training must have both theory and practical elements to ensure that the delegates are trained to the best they can be by the end of the course. This coupled with our ongoing support program will enable these people to make a real difference in patient care in their hospitals, whilst keeping themselves, the clinicians and the most importantly the patients safe. We see and hear of many courses offering just a theory element, but this alone will never produce the results required. Of course the internet and online courses have a part to play and if they are structured properly can be very helpful; however if they are poorly created they become no more than equipment familiarisation courses, which for biomedical technicians and engineers is next to useless. So if you are going to invest in any form of training for your technicians or engineers please ensure you will be provided with a well thought out practical element including tools and test equipment.
The delegates were given their personal toolkits this week that they only get to keep if they pass the course. These toolkits have been designed and developed to enable each delegate to carry out the practical work required in a safe manner without damaging the equipment. The tools cater for all types of work including the many mechanical elements involved in biomedical equipment maintenance as well as the obvious electrical elements. The kit shown below contains high quality tools made in the UK, Germany and America. Their high quality ensures they will last a long time if looked after properly.
In addition to these tool kits each delegate will have a decontamination kit that will be used to keep themselves safe from the risk of infection and disease and also keep the equipment clean so as not to pass infections to the patients being connected to the equipment.
9th November 2019
- Time is flying so fast now, thats another week completed and the 18 delegates have been very busy absorbing all the theory side of this intensive training course. By the close of business on Monday 11th November we will have completed the theory element of our course. Then we will be ready to start the much awaited practical elements of the training. We are using Fluke biomedical test equipment and we provide in-depth introductions to this equipment so each delegate will feel confident when it comes to using them in conjunction with testing, inspection, fault finding and preventative maintenance. There is still much work to be done over the remaining 9 weeks but we are in a very good position with the delegates ready to dedicate their time and energy into getting the absolute maximum out of this course. We wish them the very best of luck as they continue their personal development.
- With the first week of our biomedical training in Senegal with Mercy Ships Complete. We have 18 delegates eager to learn new theories and especially eager to get to the huge new practical elements we have in store for them. We have many Fluke Biomedical Testers for them to train on and also many different medical devices to strip down, repair, carry out fault finding exercises on and fit service kits to. This type of hands on biomedical training is very rare but is proving to be a much needed program and we are seeing a lot of interest. Mercy Ships have requested this training as part of their MCB Program and we are very proud to be working alongside such a front running organisation that sees a need then does all it can to ensure the best possible outcomes are provided. This is an 11 week course spread over 5 months, it is very intensive and as part of the arrangement with Mercy Ships we have supplied much needed medical equipment that will come into use after the training and we have introduced our new ongoing support platform that is proving to be a success with the delegates already.
28th October 2019
- So today we start our biomedical equipment training course in Senegal. To get to this point has taken a huge amount of Logistical planning, trials and development. Saturday was spent unpacking everything that our shipping partners DHL Global Forwarding delivered safely and on time. The team at Mercy Ships have been amazing in choosing a training venue and facilitating so much pre course work. Below you will see the classroom set-up before and after the unpacking of the crates. We will place regular updates here and across our social media. You can find links to Facebook and Instagram at the bottom of our home page.
Tuesday 8th October 2019
- In preparation for our forthcoming work in Senegal with Mercy Ships we have reached an important milestone today. Our 10 crates have left the storage depot in Milton Keynes and are being transported by DHL on the long journey to Senegal. They arrive in 10 days and will all be cleared in time for our Biomedical Training Course to commence.
- Our Managing Director Sean Ryder was fortunate to be included in the Mercy Ships UK launch of the #ChangeTheOdds campaign at the House of Commons yesterday. The event was a huge success for Mercy Ships UK detailing how the British Governments Department For International Development (DFID) has agreed to match any donations through to the end of this year and this demonstrates how trusted and effective in it’s work Mercy Ships has become known. Donations to Mercy Ships UK do so much to bring positive change to the lives of thousands who do not have access to safe surgical procedures. It goes without saying how pleased we are to be a part of this amazing organisation. Optimum Biomedical Ltd will be leaving the UK on the 25th October 2019 to join the Africa Mercy where she is docked in Senegal to begin our 11 week CPD accredited Biomedical Equipment Maintenance Training Course.
Tuesday 1st October 2019
- We are pleased to report that on 1st October 2019 Alison Ryder has joined Optimum Biomedical Ltd. as Support and Systems Administrator for 2 days per week. Alison is Seans's wife, she has worked for the NHS for 29 years mainly as a GP Practice Manager. Alison is excited about her new role, whilst there is a lot to learn, Alison is enthusiastic to be able to support Sean in his business venture. Alison enjoys walking and musical theatre
17th September 2019
- We are very proud to announce that we have recently been awarded CPD accreditation for our 11 week top level biomedical equipment training course.
- Optimum Biomedical Ltd. are looking forward to begin our journey to Senegal as strategic partners with the amazing organisation Mercy Ships, to deliver our 11 week top level CPD accredited biomedical equipment training course. We will be training 18 delegates from different hospitals and organisations from Senegal.